Keynote Speaker

The symposium committee is pleased to announce that Dr. Charles B. Bott, will be our keynote speaker for the 2018 ISA water/wastewater symposium. He will be presenting his keynote address on Wednesday, August 8,2018 at 8:15am.  Dr. Bott will speak on SWIFT, Hampton Roads Sanitation District’s (HRSD) innovative program for addressing water issues in Eastern Virginia.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Dr. Charles B. Bott

HRSD’s Vision for Advanced Water Treatment and Managed Aquifer Recharge in Eastern Virginia, USA:  Sustainable Water Initiative for Tomorrow (SWIFT)

Declining aquifer levels, land subsidence, and saltwater intrusion are occurring in the Potomac Aquifer System in Eastern Virginia. HRSD has developed an innovative program called the Sustainable Water Initiative for Tomorrow (SWIFT) that will address these challenges and provide additional benefits to the region, including nutrient credits for urban stormwater and other needs. SWIFT will add advanced water treatment (AWT) to seven of HRSD’s existing treatment plants to produce more than 100 MGD of finished water that meets drinking water standards and is compatible with the receiving aquifer. Finished water will be pumped into the Potomac Aquifer System (PAS) as part of a groundwater replenishment program to counter the documented aquifer challenges.  The SWIFT program enhances the sustainability of the region’s long-term groundwater supply, and it also decreases the existing, permitted nutrient load currently entering the sensitive Chesapeake Bay, allowing the offset of MS4 urban stormwater nutrient management, for which several formal trading agreements with localities have already been executed. This presentation will review the SWIFT program from concept development, including aquifer modeling and feasibility investigations, to AWT pilot testing, construction of a 1.0 MGD demonstration facility, incorporation of SWIFT as an integrated planning element, public outreach efforts, and finally to the plans for full-scale build-out.


Dr. Charles B. Bott, PhD, PE, BCEE

Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD)

About the Speaker

Dr. Charles B. Bott joined HRSD in 2009 and is the Director of Water Technology and Research. He manages technology innovation and research and development for HRSD’s sixteen wastewater treatment plants (249 MGD combined capacity).  Dr. Bott is also an Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech and Old Dominion University. He was formerly an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) and a consulting engineer with Parsons Engineering Science.  Dr. Bott has a BS in Civil Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute, a MS in Environmental Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech.  He is a fellow of the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and a member of the Science and Technology Advisory Committee to the Chesapeake Bay Program Executive Council.  Dr. Bott is a Professional Engineer in Virginia, a Board Certified Environmental Engineer, and a licensed Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator – Virginia Class I.  He is a two time winner of the WEF Harrison Prescott Eddy Medal for outstanding contribution to wastewater principles/processes research, he was a previous member of the WEF Board of Trustees, and he is the current co-chair of The Water Research Foundation and WEF Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) program.