Sustainable Water Management Conference

Sustainable Water Management Conference

March 15 - 18, 2015
Portland, Oregon



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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Call For Papers is now closed.

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

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Sustainable Water Management Conference at-a-Glance

Preliminary Schedule. All conference events take place at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront.

Sunday, March 15
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration Open
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Full Day Workshop (additional fee)
1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Half-Day Workshops (additional fee)

Monday, March 16
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
6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
City of Roses Brewpub Tour - Free
Tuesday, March 17
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

Wednesday, March 18
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.

Thank you to our conference sponsors!

Water Research Foundation
American Leak Detection, Inc.
Hydro Resources

Sponsorship opportunities for 2015's Sustainable Water Management Conference are now available. Join us March 15-18, 2015 at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel in Portland, Oregon, and put your company out front with a conference sponsorship!

2015 Sustainable Water Management Sponsorship Application (PDF)


City of Roses Brewpub Tour - Free
Monday March 16
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

With more than 180 craft breweries, Oregon ranks #1 in the United States in breweries per capita. Please join the PNWS-AWWA Water Resources Committee (WRC) as they show off downtown Portland and sample some of the local and regional craft beers that “Beervana” is famous for. 

WRC members will lead conference attendees from the lobby of the Marriott Portland Downtown Waterfront Hotel at 6:30 to three local brewpubs.  Each pub is sponsored by a local consulting firm: Geosyntec Consulting, GSI Water Solutions, and HDR.  From the hotel, we will take a 15-minute ride on the Portland Streetcar to the Pearl District where the brewpubs are located. Streetcar transportation is sponsored by Golder Associates. 

Visit one pub or all three!  Join our hosts in enjoying great local beer and appetizers, and hang out with some of the friendliest people in the water industry.


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

Local Host