Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA), which founded WSI 14 years ago, is on the front lines of responding to the unprecedented water shortage declared along the Colorado River basin in the western United States. To focus its resources on expanding conservation and drought management efforts, SNWA is partnering with the American Water Works Association (AWWA) to present WSI. “We look forward to continuing the culture and values of WSI that are so integral to its success as the world’s largest and most respected conference on urban water efficiency,” said Doug Bennett, SNWA’s conservation manager. “WSI will continue to reflect the interests of a broad coalition of stakeholders from inside and beyond the water sector.” (Pictured right, exhibit booth at past WSI.) AWWA is accepting abstracts for conference presentations through June 2 at 4 p.m. Suggested topics include alternative supply sources, conservation and incentive programs, drought management, sustainable construction and development, and water loss management. Note that at AWWA’s log-in page, abstract submitters will be asked to create an account. “AWWA is thrilled to partner with SNWA to ensure that WaterSmart Innovations continues to provide the best opportunity for thought leaders and practitioners to share the latest in water efficiency, strategy and innovation,” said David LaFrance, AWWA chief executive officer. “Simply put, this conference is a positive game-changer for the future of water.” (Pictured left, demonstrating new technology at past WSI.) The conference will be held at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa . Participants can network, collaborate and learn through a wide range of professional and poster sessions, pre-conference workshops, post-conference technical tours and an exhibit hall showcasing new water-efficiency technology and service providers.