Sustainable Water Management Conference - March 19-22, 2017 | New Orleans, Louisiana

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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2017 Registration Rates

Members save $180 on a full-conference registration if you register by the early bird deadline of February 20, 2017.

Registration Type
Early Member Rate
thru Feb. 20

Early Nonmember 
thru Feb 20.

Late Member Rate after Feb.20
Late Nonmember 
Rate after Feb. 20  
Full-conference Registration (Best Value!)
Includes technical sessions, lunch and reception does not include workshops
$595 $775 $775  $875 
(includes - Monday lunch & reception)
$540 $540  $640
Tuesday/Wednesday-Only (includes sessions)  $310 $490 $490 $590
Student (ID required - Same as Full-Conference) $60 $90 $90  $90 
Speaker (40% discount off of the Full-Conference rate)           $355 $355 $355  $355 
Spouse/Guest Registration (includes admittance to Monday evening reception)            $35 $35
$35  $35 
Half-day Workshops $95 $195 $195 $250 
Full Day Workshops (includes lunch) $165 $365 $365 $365
Facility Tour $55 $55 $55  $55 

Cancellation Policy:
Please send cancellations in writing, on company letterhead, via fax or email to AWWA. Phone cancellations are not accepted. All cancellations emailed/fax-dated by 2/20/16 will receive a refund, minus a 25% administrative fee. Beginning on 2/21/16, cancellations will not be refunded; however, substitute registrants are always welcome. Fax requests for substitutions or cancellations to 303.347.0804 or email to

Photo and Information Release: By registering for this event, you agree to allow AWWA to use your photo in any AWWA-related publication or website. Registrants may receive show-related and promotional emails from sponsors. AWWA uses a third party for this service, and at no time was your email disclosed to sponsors. 

Hotel Information

Hotel Monteleone
214 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

AWWA has reserved a block of rooms for attendees at a special conference rate of $189 plus taxes, per night. Available thru February 20, 2017, or until block is full, whichever comes first.

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It’s been said that the French Quarter begins in the lobby of Hotel Monteleone. This venerable New Orleans hotel sits majestically at the foot of Royal Street and offers valet parking with two garages. Our guests have the best point of departure for all things New Orleans.

Step outside this historic French Quarter hotel to discover shop after shop of fabulous European antiques, estate jewelry, oriental rugs, and art and antiquities from around the world. Quaint New Orleans restaurants and specialty shops line the French Quarter streets. Enjoy New Orleans tourist attractions just steps from our New Orleans hotel, including Jackson Square, Bourbon Street, the French Market, and the Riverwalk, where you can watch the steamboats along the Mississippi River.

Alert:  AWWA is aware of multiple organizations contacting attendees to solicit hotel rooms. For your protection, reserve hotel accommodations using only the link above. Reservations made through any other housing services company cannot be guaranteed by AWWA and could result in hidden charges, unusual restrictions, or incorrect hotel placement. If you are contacted by an agency other than Par Avion - the official AWWA Housing Bureau, please email AWWA Lodging

The 2017 Sustainable Water Management Conference  showcases a combination of technical presentations and in-depth discussions on the critical matters facing the water sector today. Attendees explored solutions for managing water resources, planning sustainable utilities, designing integrated infrastructure, balancing the benefits of conservation with the costs and analyzing effective alternatives including stormwater and reuse. 

Technical Program

2017 Conference Proceedings

Conference proceedings will be available online to all full-conference registrants. Approximately eight 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.

Pre-Conference Workshops

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

SUN01 - Combined SUN02 & SUN03 workshops
8:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m. Includes Lunch 
$165 early member | $365 early nonmember | $365 member after February 20 | $475 nonmember after February 20

SUN02 - Hands-On Water Auditing and Validation
8:00 a.m.–Noon
$95 early member | $195 early nonmember | $195 member after February 8 | $250 nonmember after February 8

Water auditing is an essential utility management too. This workshop will address the three central questions of water auditing:
1. What is my system's water loss profile?
2. How reliable is the data informing my water loss profile?
3. How does AWWA Free Water Audit Software help me answer these questions?
Participants are invited to bring water audits and supporting data for hands-on learning.

SUN03 - Benefit Cost Analysis
1:00–5:00 p.m.
$95 early member | $195 early nonmember | $195 member after February 8 | $250 nonmember after February 8

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.


Technical Facility Tour

T1 - SWBNO Drainage Pump Stations
Wednesday, March 22, 1:00–5:00 p.m.

Join your colleagues at the first ever Sustainable Water Management Facility Tour. This tour is limited to 20 participants, so book early.

The Sanitary Sewage System in New Orleans is a gravity collection system, consisting of 1,600 miles of lateral and trunk sewers, ranging in size from eight inches to seven feet in diameter. Lifting and conveying effluent by trunk sewers and force mains requires 84 electrically operated pumping and lift stations. Seventy-nine of those stations are automatically operated. In addition, the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO) currently operates 24 Drainage Pumping Stations. The system's pumping capacity is over 32 billion gallons a day, enough to fill the Superdome in 42 minutes.

This tour will visit two of SWBNO's pump stations. Drainage pump station #2 houses 6 pumps and has a capacity of 3,150 CFS or 89.2 m3/s. DPS2 is a post Katrina addition to the greenspace in the city connecting the French Quarter to Bayou St. John and Mid-City. Drainage pump station #6 is the second largest pumping station of its kind in the world, housing 15 pumps capable of pumping 10,000 CFS or 283 m3/s. The station has been designated a National Mechanical Engineering Historical Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Sustainable Water Management Conference at-a-Glance

Preliminary schedule. All conference events take place at the Hotel Monteleone
Sunday, March 19, 2017
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration Open
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Full Day Workshops (additional fee)
8:00 a.m. - noon Half-day Workshops (additional fee)
1:00 - 5:00 p.m
Half-day Workshops (additional fee)
Monday, March 20, 2017
7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Registration Open
8:30 - 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

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration Open
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Technical Sessions
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:30 a.m. - noon Technical Sessions
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
5:15 6:15 p.m.
 Night Knowledge Technical Session
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
7:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Registration Open
 7:15 - 8:30 a.m.  Early Bird Technical Session
8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Technical Sessions
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:30 a.m. - noon Closing General Session


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