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2022 UMass Water Academy: Institute in Drinking Water Treatment


Monday, August 8, 2022 - 8:00am to Thursday, August 11, 2022 - 5:00pm


Offered Every August

This 3 or 4-day intensive course is of interest to those dealing with water supply and treatment. It is intended for consulting engineers and scientists; water utility personnel including superintendents, managers, and operators from moderate size and larger utilities; engineers and scientists from state and federal water regulatory agencies; and engineers and scientists from industries related to drinking water treatment.  Fundamentals and applications are covered in the course as well as current issues focusing on the Long-Term Enhanced Surface Treatment Rule, the Disinfectants-Disinfection By-Products (D-DBP) Rule, Enhanced Coagulation for Removal of TOC and DBP Precursors, Control of Cryptosporidium, and UV Disinfection.  Those who attend the entire Institute will earn two Continuing Education Units (CEU’s). View this year's flyer.

About the Instructors

David A. Reckhow Research Professor, Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Program, UMass Amherst; 35+ years of research and professional experience in water treatment with emphasis on natural organic matter, disinfection byproduct control and ozonation. 

John E. Tobiason, P.E. Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept. Head; Professor, Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Program, UMass Amherst; teaches graduate level courses in Particles in Water, Drinking Water Treatment Processes, and Design; 35+ years of research and professional experience in water treatment with emphasis on particles in water, coagulation, media and membrane filtration, and manganese control.

Mariana Lopes, Assistant Professor in the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Program at UMass Amherst with research experience in drinking water quality and treatment with an emphasis on ultraviolet disinfection and biofilm prevention, light driven reactions, PFAS removal and destruction, and nano-technology enabled water treatment.


  1. Decide if you want the basic 3-day Institute, the single-day devoted to Advanced Treatment, or both (4-day option)

  2. Use the new UMass link to select course and submit payment

Conference Location

The course is held every year at the Hotel Northampton in downtown Northampton, Massachusetts, located in the scenic Connecticut River Valley. Northampton is served by major airlines through Bradley International Airport, north of Hartford, Connecticut, an approximately one hour drive. Valley Transporter provides shuttle transportation from the airport and can be reached at: 413-253-1350 or


A block of rooms is set aside at reduced rates at the Hotel Northampton, the site of the conference. Contact the Hotel Northampton at: 413-584-3100.

Additional Information

The basic 3-day Institute will begin at 8am on Monday August 8 and will end by 5pm on Wednesday, August 10, 2022. The extra day devoted to Advanced Treatment runs from 8am to 5pm on Thursday, August 11. The registration fee covers all instructional costs, a set of course notes, morning and afternoon coffee breaks each day and an evening reception. Lodging is not included. The deadline for registration is July 20, 2022. Early registration is encouraged. Cancellations made before July 7 will receive a full refund less a $75 cancellation fee. There will be no refunds after this date.

For more information, please contact Institute Director, Nick Tooker at