Sustainable Water Management Conference

March 7 - 10, 2016
Providence, Rhode Island

Call for papers is now open!


Presenting solutions for balancing the benefits of conservation with the costs, managing water resources, sustainable utilities and infrastructure, urban planning and design, energy efficiency, water conservation, stormwater and reuse.

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The Call for Papers is now open!

Thank you for your interest in the 2016 Sustainable Water Management Conference. Submissions are now being accepted for technical sessions and workshops. The abstract submission deadline is July 23, 2015.

For complete information on abstract and workshop submission, visit the Call for Papers page.


Drought Preparedness
Education and Outreach
Water Efficiency Programs & Technology
Legislative Issues, Standards & Codes
Water Loss Control
New, Innovative Conservation Programs
Policy and Rates
Energy Demand Management
Energy Extraction Impacts on Water Resources
Energy/Water Nexus
Asset Management
Utility Financial Policy
Smart Infrastructure and Technology
Sustainable Utilities and Metrics
Emergency Response and Management
Infrastructure Resiliency
Non-point source (NPS) Pollution
Rainwater Harvesting
Stormwater Management and Treatment
Stormwater Collection
Direct Potable Reuse
Grey Water
Indirect Potable Reuse
Industrial Reuse
Reuse Program Development
Stakeholder Communication
Aquifer Storage & Recovery
Resource Conflict and Collaboration
Sustainable Groundwater Management
Legal, Legislative, Regulatory Challenges
Planning & Management of Water Resources
Source Protection
Watershed Management Fire, Ecosystem Services
Seasonal Water Management
Climate Change-Mitigation, Adaptation
Smart Growth/Sustainable Development
Green Infrastructure
Low Impact Development
Sustainable Design/Green Building
Sea Level Rise

Contact Education Services or call 303.347.6181 if you have questions regarding abstract submission.

Sustainable Water Management Conference at-a-Glance

Preliminary Schedule. All conference events take place at the Providence Biltmore.

Tuesday March 7

7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration Open
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Full Day Workshops (additional fee)
1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Half-Day Workshops (additional fee)

 Wednesday, March 8

7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Registration Open
8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Opening General Session
10:00 -10:30 a.m. Refreshment Break

10:30 a.m. - noon

Technical Sessions

noon - 1:30 p.m. Luncheon
1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Technical Sessions
3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Refreshment Break
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Technical Sessions

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Networking Reception with Poster Presenters


Thursday, March 9

7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration Open
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Technical Sessions
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Refreshment Break
noon - 1:30 p.m. Lunch on your own
1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Technical Sessions
3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Refreshment Break

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Technical Sessions

 Friday, March 10

7:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Registration Open

8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Technical Sessions
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:30 a.m. - noon Closing General Session


Pre-Conference Workshops

Sustainable Water Management Conference workshops provide in-depth, hands-on comprehensive learning opportunities. Workshop registrations do require a separate fee.

SUN00 Envision Accreditation Workshop
8:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m. Lunch Included
$425 Private Sector | $325 Public Sector | $275 Student
Limited to 30 registrants.

Are you interested in becoming qualified to take the Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) credentialing exam?
This workshop will familiarize you with Envision tools used to aid sustainable planning and design activities and qualify you to take the ENV SP credentialing exam.

Upon completion of this course, you will:

  • Be familiar with the Envision tools
  • Be familiar with the Envision Checklist
  • Know how to use the Envision guidance manual to determine levels of achievement
  • Have an understanding of how to navigate the ISI website
  • Understand the verification process
  • Be qualified to take the ENV SP exam

To earn the ENV SP, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Hold a four year degree OR have a Professional Engineer (PE) or equivalent professional designation;
  • Complete the Envision Accreditation Workshop hosted by AWWA at SWM15
  • Successfully pass the ENV SP credentialing examination on the ISI website (please note that registration and fees for the credential exam are separate from the accreditation workshop).

By registering for this workshop, you acknowledge and attest that you understand the above qualifications. You do not need to register for the conference to attend this workshop.

SUN01- Benefit-Cost Analysis
1:00–5:00 p.m.
$150 early member | $250 after February 17, or nonmember

Benefit-Cost analysis has been used for years to prioritize water conservation measures. Individual water conservation measures are considered to be cost-effective when benefits exceed costs. Once individual measures have been found to be cost-effective, they can be combined into an overall water conservation program. Benefit-Cost analysis depends on accurate forecasts of conservation measure water savings, costs and benefits. Benefits and costs are normally compared in a present worth analysis. The objective of this Workshop is to Provide an understanding of how to prepare a cost-benefit analysis of conservation measures and then use the results to select a cost-effective conservation program.

SUN02 - Water Loss Auditing -In-Depth and Validated with New Tools
1:00–5:00 p.m.
$150 early member | $250 after February 17, or nonmember

This workshop leverages key elements of Georgia’s 10-month training program, distilled into a single ½-day workshop. It is designed for utility managers, operators, consultants, regulators and anyone else seeking to gain a technical understanding of AWWA Water Auditing and its effectiveness for supply-side water conservation and efficiency. The technical content covers basic concepts of AWWA Water Auditing, how to use the AWWA Free Water Audit Software©, where to get data, how to build the team, how to truthfully assess the validity of data, and how to leverage the top-down audit into bottom-up action for improved data and improved water loss. What sets this workshop experience apart is the learning model. The workshop environment is built around the “way we learn.” The learning model is based on the understanding these key principles:

  • Connectivity between memory and emotion
  • The value of intentional struggle
  • Learning through community with peer system networks
  • Knowledge – application – skill – habit: Learning through reinforcement
  • Water Loss Control is as much about awareness and behavior as it is technology
  • The power of entrenched business practices

Check out the 2015 Sustainable Water Management Conference, review the 2015 technical program and conference announcement to see what you may have missed.

Technical Program

Preview the onsite program (PDF)

View the 2015 Conference Announcement (PDF)

Conference Proceedings

Conference proceedings will be available online to all full-conference registrants. Approximately, six weeks after the conference, a URL will be emailed to full-conference attendees to access the proceedings.

Past conference proceedings can be purchased through the AWWA Store or by calling Customer Service at 800.926.7337.



Registration will open in September.

Hotel Information

Providence Biltmore
11 Dorrance St.
Providence, Rhode Island 02903

The Providence Biltmore, an iconic hotel with an illustrious past, offers the perfect blended experience of luxury, comfort, convenience, and value. Commanding a premier location in the heart of downtown Providence since its opening in 1922, this historic and beloved landmark hotel places guests at the center of city life and many different activities. The Providence Biltmore is adjacent to the Rhode Island Convention & Entertainment Complex, and within walking distance of the city’s arts, entertainment, and historic districts, as well as many first-rate cultural attractions.


For questions regarding registration, lodging or general conference questions, please contact the Conferences and Education group.

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