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ACE21 is the virtual place for innovations in water

ACE21 All VirtualWater professionals from around the world will connect June 14-17 during online sessions, informal conversations and innovative programming at the American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) 2021 Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE21 All Virtual).

Lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic will inform, influence and impact attendees as the water community’s top experts discuss the latest findings related to water utility management, infrastructure, treatment, water resources, resilience and innovation. 

Melissa Elliott“Regardless of the obvious challenges to our ability to meet together in person, it’s still essential to our mission that AWWA and our members do our utmost to share best practices, inspire innovation and protect public health,” said Melissa Elliott (pictured right), AWWA president. “It is inspiring that in 2021, when AWWA is turning 140 years old, we gather together virtually to continue our long legacy of serving the best interests of water and the communities we serve.”

The ACE21 All Virtual technical program features more than 80 hours of education in six professional tracks. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with presenters and other participants real-time through an online platform and active social media conversations, as well as a virtual trivia competition and sponsored educational sessions and roundtables. Sessions will be available to review on-demand for 30 days after the event.

Conference special features

Good Day, AWWA!Leading up to and during ACE21, AWWA CEO David LaFrance will host a new video series (pictured right), “Good Day, AWWA!” Each video will feature an insightful chat with a water thought leader. The line-up includes:

  • Colby Manwaring, CEO, Innovyze
  • John Young, water/wastewater utility management consultant supporting recovery efforts in Flint, Mich.
  • Marisa Tricas, Utility Government Relations Administrator, City of Roseville
  • Seth Siegel, author of “Troubled Water, What’s Wrong with What We Drink”
  • Cathy Bernardino Bailey, Executive Director, Greater Cincinnati Water Works

For some spirited competition, attendees will have a front-row seat at a virtual presentation of the Best of the Best Drinking Water Taste Test Competition. The event was pre-recorded at AWWA headquarters during live judging of tap water samples submitted by Sections. The winners will be announced during ACE21 on June 16 at noon MT.

A virtual career fair will provide a unique opportunity for job seekers to connect easily and efficiently with hiring organizations. Registered participants can provide their resumes and job preferences ahead of time, then attend a scheduled session to browse employer booths and chat one-on-one with recruiters. 

AWWA continues its partnership with Isle Utilities to provide Innovation Sessions powered by Isle on forward-thinking and inspirational topics. In addition, a Women Influencers in Water Workshop moderated by Elliott will feature thought-provoking conversation with four leaders who are positively impacting the water industry. 

At the conclusion of the conference, AWWA will continue its tradition of recognizing its outgoing and incoming presidents. This year’s virtual presentation will include real-time coverage of the presidential gavel-passing at AWWA headquarters as Elliott is recognized for her service and incoming president Dr. Chi Ho Sham begins his term.