Water Infrastructure Conference & Exposition

Oct. 30- Nov. 2, 2016 
Phoenix, Arizona

Call for Papers is Open!

It’s time to solve America’s water infrastructure challenges. AWWA’s newest conference is focused on addressing and protecting our asset and infrastructure challenges. With workshops and five session tracks, this four-day conference and exposition will address water infrastructure planning and reinvestment strategies, critical infrastructure protection through comprehensive emergency preparedness efforts, and enhanced security measures.

The 2016 Call for papers is now open!

Authors are encouraged to submit abstracts for oral presentations, workshops, and panel discussions that address approaches, practices, techniques, research, and case studies on all aspects of water, wastewater, reuse and stormwater infrastructure issues.

Submit an Abstract

This year's requested topics include:

Financing Infrastructure Projects
Public Private Partnerships
Communicating the value of infrastructure to customers and stakeholders
Investor perspectives
Financial strategies – funding sources, affordability, and flexibility
Regulatory reinvestment
Business cases –bringing together triple bottom line evaluations, lifecycle, O&M evaluations and risk analysis 
Balancing O&M and CIP investments
Capital Projects
Capital project delivery for small systems
Alternative project delivery
Constructability challenges
Capital improvement planning
Transforming utility capital planning 
Asset Management Practices
Management challenges facing dual water distribution systems
Levels of service
Asset failure – Risk, metrics, and controlled catastrophic failure
Asset management programs – development and execution
Strategic asset management planning
Reliability – centered maintenance programs
Assessment Methodologies
Asset location, inventory, and inspection practices
Condition assessment methods and tools 
Life-cycle assessments
Innovative technologies for pipeline assessment
Tools and Technology for Utility Planning, Management and Operations
Computerized maintenance management information systems / work order systems 
Pipeline rehabilitation and renewal technologies 
System modeling – Capacity, hydraulic, process, system reliability evaluation
Smart infrastructure systems
Leak detection for water and wastewater systems
Infrastructure protection 
Maintenance access issues
Risk and Resiliency
Emergency preparedness and response
Managing cyber risk for utilities
Assessing risk and lessons learned (J100)
Critical infrastructure – Protection and failure response
Integrating risk assessments, asset management planning, and capital improvement plans 
Impacts of climate change
Continuity planning for utilities
Regional Projects, Issues, and Collaboration 
Sustainable Infrastructure Design and Construction
Research, Advances, and Innovations in Water Infrastructure
Pipeline Design for Extreme Conditions
Lead Service Line Replacement

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

Conference Registration

Thank you for your interest in attending the 2016 Water Infrastructure Conference. Registration will open in April.

Hotel Information

Arizona Grand Resort
8000 S. Grand Parkway 
Phoenix, Arizona 85044
Nestled in a private southwestern desert oasis, the resort offers a one-of-a-kind setting at the base of the naturally beautiful South Mountain Preserve. Arizona’s only AAA Four Diamond all-suite resort features spacious one and two-bedroom suites

Alert: AWWA is aware of multiple organizations contacting attendees to solicit hotel rooms. For your protection, reserve hotel accommodations using only the  phone number 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

Check out the 2015 Water Infrastructure Conference technical program and conference announcement to see what you may have missed.

View tHE 2015 technical program

Preview the Onsite Program (PDF)

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 contacting Customer Service at 800.926.7337.


Enjoy dedicated exhibit hours, Exhibit Hall Education Sessions, conference luncheons, refreshment breaks and Wednesday evening networking reception—all taking place inside the exhibit hall! 

2015 Exhibitor list

Interested in exhibiting or sponsoring?

Your partners in the water industry have solutions to the water and wastewater infrastructure, asset management, technology, and emergency preparedness challenges that utilities face. Networking time in the exhibit hall can be a rich educational experience - join us!


For questions regarding registration, lodging or general conference questions, please contact the Conferences and Events Group.