26th Triennual 

Borchardt Conference

  Symposium on Advancements in Water & Wastewater

May 23-24 | Rackham Building - University of Michigan | Ann Arbor, MI


Every three years the Michigan-based Borchardt Conference brings together a diverse group of engineers, scientists, public health specialists and students to present and discuss the latest issues and advances in water and wastewater technology. The This premier triennial event emphasizes applied research and real life experience in environmental engineering and water utility operations. The Borchardt Conference is co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Department of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, MI-AWWA, MWEA and EGLE.

1.0 Wastewater CECs, .5 Drinking Water CEC's and PDHs will be awarded for each day of this conference. 

Full Agenda

Poster Presentations

Attention Students: You are also invited to a one-day Waste-to-Energy Student Symposium immediately following the Borchardt Conference on May 25, 2023. The University of Michigan, Northwestern University, and Argonne National Laboratory are co-organizing this event for undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning about bioenergy, specifically waste-to-energy research, technologies, and career opportunities. You can register for this event HERE.

Keynote Speakers

Borchardt Keynote Lecturer: Dr. Paul Westerhoff , Regents' Professor, Fulton Chair of
Environmental Engineering , School of Sustainable Engineering and The Built
Environment , Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

Glysson Keynote Lecturer: Dr. Adrienne Menniti , Principal Process Engineer, Clean
Water Services, Research & Innovation, Tigard, Oregon

Borchardt-Glysson Water Treatment Innovation Prize and Lecture

The Borchardt-Glysson Water Treatment Innovation Prize is an honor consisting of a $10,000 cash award to acknowledge a senior or mid-career professional whose accomplishments in the water or wastewater treatment fields have been nationally and internationally recognized. The prize will be presented at the Borchardt Conference. As part of the award ceremony, the recipient is invited to deliver the Borchardt-Glysson Water Treatment Innovation Lecture. 

See the recent announcement on the Borchardt-Glysson Water Treatment Innovation Prize Awarded to Detlef Knappe.

Conference Rates

2-day attendee: $260 | 1-day attendee: $160
Students currently enrolled in a water-related program get complimentary registration, but must purchase lunch for either or both days.

Continuing Education Credits (CECs)/Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

  • The Borchardt Conference has approval pending for certified Michigan drinking water and wastewater operators. 
  • Professional Development Hours - Conference sessions qualify as professional development hours (PDHs) for licensed professional engineers


University of Michigan parking is limited, and fills up quickly! The Fletcher Structure (N13 on the PDF map linked below) is suggested.

Enter the structure using the Palmer Drive entrance and take the elevator to Fletcher Street; walk across the street to the Rackham Building. If Fletcher structure is full, use Maynard Street City Public Parking garage (shown in Red on PDF map from below link.)

Parking fees are not included in your conference registration.

Click Here for PDF of map

Click here for Lodging & Restaurant Information 

Sponsorship Opportunity

Sponsorship dollars help to defray costs for students. Make your commitment here today. Please direct questions to

John Norton Jr, PhD, PE at Great Lakes Water Authority 313-400-2553 or john.norton@glwater.org

Please direct technical questions to: 

Lutgarde Raskin, Ph.D, University of Michigan, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

 Email: raskin@umich.edu

Lina Belia, Ph.D. PEng, Primodal US & Canada

Email: belia@primodal.com

Please Direct any other questions to: 

Joyce Kennedy, University of Michigan, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Phone: 734-764-6024

Email: joykenne@umich.edu