Topic: Water Treatment Fundamentals
Speaker: Matthew Copthorne
Cassava Conference Room, 3rd Floor, LARP, 4200 West Jemez Rd Ste 301 (map)
Matt will be speaking about fundamental techniques of water treatment for HVAC liquid cooling and heating applications. He will spend some time on treatment methods unique to Northern New Mexico and Los Alamos, such as treatment of silica.
Matt began his water treatment career with Chemtech, Inc. in 1990. While at Chemtech, he worked in the areas of boiler, cooling tower, and closed loop treatment, industrial wastewater treatment, and drilling fluid additives. Matt was responsible for growing the business and servicing existing customers. The customer base at Chemtech ranged from steel mills, chemical plants, automobile OEMs, and other manufacturing facilities to commercial accounts such as hospitals, universities, and office buildings. His technical experience has been in failure analysis, water treatment program design, product formulation, equipment inspection, and laboratory analysis. Additionally, Matt has worked in the treatment and control of waterborne pathogens, such as Legionella. He has performed Legionella risk assessments, provided recommendations for minimizing the risk of infection, and implemented successful chemical treatment systems for the control of harmful bacteria.
In 2006, Matt assumed control of the water treatment division of Chemtech, Inc. and formed a new company called Chemtech Water Technologies. Late in 2008, he sold Chemtech Water Technologies. Soon after, he accepted a position with WEST, Inc. as their representative in Las Vegas. In 2016, WEST was sold to U.S. Water Services.
Matt majored in chemistry, with a minor in economics, at The University of Akron. In addition, he holds an associate degree in chemical engineering, also from The University of Akron. Matt earned his Certified Water Technologist (CWT) designation in 1998 from the Association of Water Technologies (AWT). He has chaired several AWT committees, served six years on the AWT Board of Directors, and served as President of AWT in 2008. He is currently a Licensed Pesticide Applicator with Cooling Tower endorsements in California and New Mexico and holds Certified Water Operator Licenses in Nevada and California.