What To Know Before You Go

We look forward to welcoming you to PNCWA at the Boise Centre. This year’s conference features a robust technical program, expansive exhibit hall with top level vendors and ample social and networking events.

We would like to first and foremost extend a special thank you to our sponsors and exhibitors. We would not be able to host the conference without their generous support.

Events Schedule

Please check out the agenda at a glance, which outlines conference events and activities, including events in advance of the conference.

We have some great activities planned this year, prior to the conference beginning: Water Palooza (October 18), Fly Fishing and Riverbank Cleanup (October 20), and the Water For People Fun Run (October 21). Preconference workshops will be held on Sunday, October 21 with the main conference scheduled from Monday, October 22 - Wednesday, October 24, starting with Opening Session on Monday at 8:30.

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Conference Venue (Map Link)
Boise Centre
850 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702
Venue floor plan


Location: Main Lobby, West Building


  • Sunday, October 21: 8:00AM - 7:00PM
  • Monday, October 22: 7:00AM - 7:00PM
  • Tuesday, October 23: 7:00AM - 7:00PM
  • Wednesday, October 24: 7:00AM - 12:15PM

Want to apply for CEUs or PDHs?

  • Get a CEU/PDH request sheet from the registration desk.
  • Get your CEU/PDH sheets stamped by room monitors.
  • For Opening Session, initial and add the Keyword given at the end, if you attend.
  • Turn in your CEU/PDH sheets at the registration desk before you leave the conference.
  • You will receive a hard copy via mail within 45 days after the completion of the conference.

Easy Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Impact

Bring your own reusable water bottle and refill it at the event. Or choose a water bottle as your attendee gift (other choice is a coffee tumbler). We will have water stations around the Boise Centre with compostable cups. Your personal water bottle will ensure fewer cups in the compost!

Reduce your personal carbon footprint by walking or taking public transportation between conference events.


Please use the appropriate bins onsite to ensure items are recycled and reduce the waste sent to landfills.


Reduce your water consumption by limiting your shower time and reusing your towel in your hotel room.


Time Zone: Boise, Idaho is located in the Mountain Time Zone (GMT -06:00)

What to Pack: We do recommend you dress in layers as temperatures in meeting rooms can vary.


October in Boise can be a magnificent place to enjoy a crisp cool sunny autumn day; however, Boise can also be marked by rain and showers.  Average temperatures range from a high of 65ºF to a low of 40ºF.  We encourage you to come prepared for sprinkles. You can view the extended weather forecast for a better prediction of the weather during the conference.

Getting there

If you are staying at  one of the contracted conference hotels (The Grove Hotel, The Hampton Inn and Suites Downtown Boise, or the Hyatt Place Downtown Boise) complimentary airport shuttles are available to you. We encourage you to check with your hotel to confirm shuttle pick up times. These hotels also are within walking distance to the Boise Centre; however, Boise does participate in a bike sharing program called Boise GreenBike with stations throughout downtown and drop off stations in very close proximity to the Boise Centre. Ride Sharing programs, and Taxis are also available in Boise, Idaho.

If you plan to drive and park at the Boise Centre, there are four designated garages conveniently located next to or under the facility. Parking rates after your first hour range from $3.00 to $15.00 maximum. Please plan to park at one of the designated lots:

  • 9th and Front Street Garage - Entrance on 9th Street
  • 10th and Front Street Garage - Entrance on 10th Street
  • Capitol and Main Garage - Entrances on Main and Idaho
  • City Center Plaza Garage - Entrance on Capitol Blvd

 The Boise Centre website features a page with detailed information on transportation should you need more information.

  • The Grove Hotel - 208-333-8000
  • The Hampton Inn and Suites Downtown - 208- 331-1900
  • The Hyatt Place Downtown Boise - 208 991 5275

Conference Information


For the full conference program, please visit the conference website. As noted above, registration opens at 8:00AM on Sunday, October 21 in the Main Lobby of the West Building, with preconference workshops held throughout the day, the First Time Attendee and New Member Meet & Greet beginning at 4:00PM and an Operations Challenge event held during the All Attendee Meet & Greet from 5:00PM - 7:00PM.

Attention Presenters

Visit the conference website for detailed presenter instructions including the equipment available in the session rooms and what to expect at your session. Please format all presentations in 4:3 ratio for optimal display on the screen. Presentations should be saved as follows: Presentation Title_Presenter Last Name_PNCWA2018

Presentation Archiving
: All presentations will be collected by the session moderator and archived on the conference website.

Wi-fi at the Boise Centre
: Wi-fi will be provided for conference attendees throughout the Boise Centre.

  • Network: PNCWA2018 

  • Password: 85thAnnual

Social Media

Enthusiasm is contagious and we ask that you please share your conference experience via the conference social media accounts:


Exhibit Setup Times
12:00 Noon – 5:00 PM
Monday Evening
Exhibitors Opening Reception
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday Day
 Exhibits open all day – All-day coffee station
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday Morning
AM Technical Session Break on Exhibit Floor
9:25 AM–10:30 AM
Tuesday Morning
Mobile Sessions
10:30AM - 12:00PM
Tuesday Afternoon
PM Technical Session Break on Exhibit Floor
2:40 PM–3:00 PM
Tuesday Evening
 Beer tasting & Exhibitors Closing Reception
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday Evening
 Exhibit Break Down
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Wednesday Morning
 Exhibit Break Down
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM


The conference is pleased to offer a number of facility tours which will depart from the Front Street entrance, E Doors, of the West Building. All tours are first-come, first served and CEUIs are available based on actual presentation time. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Closed-toe shoes are required.

  • Monday | 1:15PM - 3:15PM | Meridian Wastewater RRF Facility Tour
  • Tuesday | 1:15PM - 4:00PM | Dixie Drain Phosphorus Removal Facility Tour
  • Wednesday | 8:00AM - 9:30AM | Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve and Boise Watershed Facility Tour


PNCWA2018 reserves the right to use any photograph/video taken at any official conference event, without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video. PNCWA may use the photograph/video in publications or other media material produced, used or contracted by PNCWA including but not limited to: brochures, invitations, books, newspapers, magazines, television, websites, etc.

We look forward to seeing you in Boise, Idaho!