Water Infrastructure Conference & Exposition - Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2016 | Phoenix, Arizona

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, tours and six 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.

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2016 Registration Rates

Registration Type

Early Member Rate
thru Sept 30

Early Nonmember 
thru Sept. 30

Late Member Rate
after Sept. 30
Late Nonmember
Rate after Sept. 30 
Full-Conference Registration (Best Value!)
Includes technical sessions, exposition; meals; does not include workshops
$595 $775  $775  $875
(includes Monday lunch and Monday reception)

$540  $540  $640
Tuesday/Wednesday-Only (includes Tuesday lunch) $360 $540  $540  $640
Student (ID required - Same as Full-Conference) $60 $90  $90  $90
Speaker (40% discount off of the Full-Conference rate) $355 $355  $355  $355
Exhibits-Only $60 $90
 $90  $90
Spouse/Guest Registration
(includes admittance to Monday evening reception)
$35 $35  $35  $35
Sunday half-day Workshops  $110 $210   $210  $310
Tours  $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 9/30/16 will receive a refund, minus a 25% administrative fee. Beginning on 10/1/16, cancellations will not be refunded; however, substitute registrants are always welcome. Fax requests for substitutions or cancellations to 303.347.0804 or email Customer Service

Hotel Information

Atlanta, Georgia Arizona Grand Resort

8000 S. Grand Parkway  
Phoenix, Arizona 85044

Conference Housing is now closed. 
Please contact the Hotel directly for room availability.

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. 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

View the 2016 Technical Program by Day or Track

Online Technical Program

 WIC Onsite Program (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.


Pre-Conference Workshops

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

SUN01 | How Well is Your Well? Assessment and Rehabilitation Techniques for Groundwater Assets

Sunday, October 30
8:30 a.m.–Noon
$110 early member | $210 after October 1
$210 early nonmember | $310 after October 1

This workshop will include detailed discussions of protecting our municipal supply well assets through critical infrastructure protection. The workshop will begin with a discussion of why wells are much more than just another pump in the distribution system. We will address groundwater infrastructure challenges of various public supply well assessment methodologies. Finally, we will provide numerous rehabilitation techniques to extend the life of our well assets. Throughout the workshop, we will welcome discussion from the audience.

SUN02 | How to Save Energy/Money in Pumping

Sunday, October 30
1:00–5:00 p.m. 
$110 early member | $210 after October 1
$210 early nonmember | $310 after October 1

There are thieves in your water system. They are hiding out in your pump station and are robbing your energy budget. You can find them and eliminate them. This workshop will show you how to do it. Energy is often the most significant operating cost for many water utilities. A water distribution system will still operate even if it is not operating at its best efficiency. There is potential for energy saving in most pumping operations. However, engineers and operators need to actively look for wasted energy if they are to find it and improve operations. Energy savings are possible in pump selection, replacements, rehabilitation and operation. Each of these areas will be discussed. Once energy use is reduced, there is also potential to reduce energy cost by taking advantage of energy pricing which can be complex. Although this workshop focuses on water distribution pumping, there are also savings possible with in-plant pumping and wastewater pumping, which will also be discussed. Savings in energy have the advantage or paying back the utility fairly quickly. With the tools and tips presented in this workshop, attendees should be able to return to work and recover the cost of the workshop in energy savings in a short time.

SUN03 | District Metered Area (DMA) for Real Loss Management: From Concept to Reality

Sunday, October 30
8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 
$110 early member | $210 member after October 1
$210 early non-member | $310 nonmember after October 1

This workshop is for those interested in learning about and getting started with DMAs and how they can be used to meet water loss reduction goals. They will learn how to how to get started with a DMA and the use of hydraulic models to design them, what the needs are to get DMAs implemented in the field, and the goals and expected outcomes. There will be hands on examples, and several case studies of successful DMA implementations.

SUN04 | A Road Map from Condition Assessment to Master Planning – WRF 4656

Sunday, October 30
1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
$110 early member | $210 member after October 1
$210 early non-member | $310 nonmember after October 1

This workshop will present the draft findings from Water Research Foundation project 4656 – A Roadmap from Condition Assessment to Master Planning.  It will be a combination of education and hands-on learning using the draft tools and case studies developed as part of the WRF project, with presentations by Water Research Foundation staff, principal investigators and participating utilities

SUN06 |  Strategic Overview of Disaster Management for Water and Wastewater Utilities

Sunday, October 30
1:00 -5:00 p.m. 
Free to full-conference registrants, on a first-come first-served basis.

This course covers preparation for, response to, and recovery from all types of hazards that a water utility may face (natural disasters, accidents, and malevolent events). Specific topics include comprehensive review of the types of hazards relevant to utilities, and a discussion of some of the government and industry guidance available for responding to these incidents (e.g. USEPA Response Protocol Toolbox and Incident Action Checklists for Eight Natural Disasters).  The lecture portion of the class also includes an analysis of the lead situation unfolding in Flint, Michigan. This 4-hour workshop includes a 45-minute table-top exercise during which participants work on a hypothetical disaster of natural, accidental or intentional origin that could affect their utility, a detailed response to that emergency, and mitigation steps that would increase their utility’s resilience to this type of event in the future. This course is certified in many states for operator certification credits, participants have the opportunity to apply for these contact hours from their state certification agencies. The Department of Homeland Security will provide a certificate of completion to each workshop attendee.

Technical Facility Tours

Pre-registration by October 14, 2016 is required.

T1 - Scottsdale Water Campus Advanced Treatment Facility 
Sunday, October 30 | 10:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m. 

The Scottsdale Water Campus Advanced Water Treatment Facility produces 20 MGD of ultrapure recycled water for both groundwater recharge and golf course irrigation, and the Reclaimed Water Distribution System – a public- private partnership funded by 23 golf courses in north Scottsdale - to provide  large turf irrigation without the use of groundwater. The WateReuse Research  Foundation and the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence have recognized the Scottsdale Water Campus and Reclaimed Water Distribution System among the world’s most innovative water purification projects.

T2 - Central Arizona Project  - Lake Pleasant Facilities Tour
Sunday, October 30 | 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. 

The Central Arizona Project (CAP) brings water from the Colorado River to urban areas in central and southern Arizona by way of a massive canal. The 336 mile concrete-lined canal carries 1.5 million acre-feet per year of water to the major population areas of Phoenix and Tucson. Fourteen pumping plants and one pump/generating plant are used to channel the water to its end users and in the process, water is lifted a total of 2900 vertical feet. Lake Pleasant reservoir formed by the New Waddell dam, is an important component of this water delivery system. 

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!

2016 Exhibitor list

The Exhibit Hall is SOLD OUT. Sponsorship opportunities are still available
, please visit our Exhibitor & Sponsor Resources page for more information.

Water Infrastructure Conference at-a-Glance

 Preliminary Schedule. All conference events take place at the Arizona Grand
 Sunday, October 30
 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Registration Open
 8:00 - Noon  Half-Day Workshops
 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Half-Day Workshops
 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.   Technical Tours

Monday, October 31
7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Registration Open
 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.  Opening General Session
 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Exhibit Hall Open
 9:30 -10:30 a.m.  Dedicated Exhibit Hall Time
 10:30 a.m. - noon
 Special Topic Sessions
 1:00 - 1:30 p.m.
 Exhibit Hall Education Sessions
 noon - 1:30 p.m.  Luncheon with Exhibits
 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.  Technical Sessions
 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.  Break - Dedicated Exhibit Hall Time
 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
 Technical Sessions
 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.  Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall
 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Reception hosted by Mueller Co.

 Tuesday, November 1

 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Registration Open
 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
 Technical Sessions
 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
 Exhibit Hall Open
 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.  Dedicated Exhibit Hall Time
 noon - 1:30 p.m.  Lunch with Exhibits
 12:45 - 1:30 p.m.  Exhibit Hall Education Sessions
 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, November 2
 7:30 - 11:00 a.m.
  Registration open
 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Technical Sessions


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