Legal & Finance Roundtables

From Rules to Solutions: LCRI, PFAS, and Community Impact

December 5-6, 2024 I Chicago, Illinois

From Rules to Solutions: LCRI, PFAS, and Community Impact

AWWA Financial, Legal and Management Communities Program
Joint Roundtable Dialogue with CDM Smith

December 5-6, 2024 I  Chicago, Illinois

Join us as we explore the new LCRI and PFAS rules. Topics will include navigating compliance, treatment, finance, and community challenges.

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Roundtable Location 

Hilton Chicago Hotel
720 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
 
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Who Should Attend:

  • Water utility senior management (CEOs, GMs, CFOs, COOs, Directors, etc.) 
  • Municipal executive staff involved in water and related infrastructure
  • Senior communications and public relations professionals in the water sector
  • Service provider executives, including engineering consulting, financial and legal advisory firms
  • Senior consulting professionals
  • Legal & finance professionals practicing in the water sector

Registration Detail

Registration Rates
 
AWWA Member Early Rate
(on or before 11/22/24) 
 
Non-Member, or Late Member
after 11/22/24
 
Roundtable Registration  
Includes lunch
$195  $295

Hotel Information

The roundtable will be held on Thursday & Friday, December 5-6, 2024 at the Hilton Chicago Hotel. A limited number of rooms are contracted at a discounted nightly rate of $229 plus taxes and fees. Reservations are now open and we encourage you to book early to secure this rate. 

Hilton Chicago Hotel
720 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605

AWWA Roundtable Rate: $229 per night, plus taxes and fees - available until November 4 or until block is full - whichever happens first. 

Book your room today!


Cancellation & Policies

Roundtable Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received in writing, faxed or emailed to AWWA. Cancellations before November 9, 2024 will receive a refund minus 25% administrative fee. Cancellations on or after November 9, 2024 will not be refunded; however, substitute registrants are welcome. Email requests for substitutions or cancellations to service@awwa.org.

By registering for this AWWA event, you agree to AWWA's COVID-19 Requirements & Release and Conference policies with code of conduct.
 

From Rules to Solutions: LCRI, PFAS, and Community Impact

Join us in Chicago, Illinois on December 5 & 6 for an interactive dialogue with and among academic, financial, municipal, legal, and water utility and water sector industry leaders who are actively engaged in addressing LCRI and PFAS issues.


Roundtable Agenda

Preliminary agenda; please check back for updates and additional details. All times are Central time zone. 

Thursday, December 5, 2024:

8:15 a.m.

Attendee Check-in (continental breakfast available)

9:00 a.m.

Welcome Remarks, Overview of the Roundtable

9:15 a.m.

Legal Waters: Navigating the LCRI and PFAS Regulatory Environment

This panel will discuss the current state of regulatory, legal and statutory activity as it relates to the Lead and Copper Rule Improvements (LCRI), the new Safe Drinking Water Regulation of PFAS and EPA’s designation of several PFAS compounds as hazardous substances under CERCLA (Superfund Law). This panel will set the stage for the days further discussions of compliance, technical, communications, legal, and financial issues relating to these challenges.

10:45 a.m.

Networking Break

11:00 a.m.

Program Delivery for Lead and Copper Service Line Replacement

This panel will discuss best practices for successful delivery of Lead Service Line Replacement Programs, including utilizing a Program Manager to bring the resources needed to meet fast schedules and coordinate planning, secure funding, design, permitting, bidding, contracting, outreach/communication.

12:30 p.m.

Luncheon and Programming: A Conversation with Craig Parker, Assistant General Manager, Water Services at Anaheim Public Utilities:  “Lessons Learned and Best Practices From the Anaheim PFAS Treatment Program”
Moderated by Hala Z. Titus, President, CDM Smith North America Unit

1:30 p.m.

A Tricky Conversation: Building Trust & Managing Risk

How utilities communicate about lead, copper and PFAS can build or break down their reputation. This panel will look at successful strategies for communicating complicated topics, how proactive engagement impacts the public’s trust, and the value of embracing risk communications in the effort.

3:15 p.m. 

Networking Break

3:15 p.m. 

Social/Community/Environmental Considerations Affecting Water Quality Compliance and Project Implementation

This panel will discuss several topics affecting water quality compliance associated projects including: Diversity, equity and inclusion tools and models for evaluating projects and implementation of the Justice 40 Initiative; Leading edge modeling and approaches for considering adaptive climate resiliency in water quality compliance; and Best practices and compliance implementation related to green/complete corridors including a “dig” once approach

5:00 p.m.

Networking Happpy Hour

 

Friday, December 6, 2024:

8:00 a.m.

Attendee Check-in (continental breakfast available)

8:30 a.m.

Recap of Previous Day - What We Learned - Preview of Today’s Sessions

9:00 a.m.

Permitting and Compliance to Remedy PFAS

Membrane, IX, and GAC have been proven to remove PFAS from drinking water, but what are the best practices, capital vs. O&M costs, and regulatory acceptance for disposal and/or destruction of the concentrated PFAS streams or media replacement? The panelists will discuss case studies of projects that have already received NPDES permits and their strategies to obtain them; R&D updates for other treatment/destruction technologies; and any regulatory obstacles.

10:30 a.m.

Networking Break

10:45 a.m.

Funding and Financing to Comply With The Final PFAS and Lead and Copper Rule: The Unfunded Mandate on Drinking Water Utilities

This panel will discuss best practices for successful delivery of Lead Service Line Replacement Programs, including utilizing a Program Manager to bring the resources needed to meet fast schedules and coordinate planning, secure funding, design, permitting, bidding, contracting, outreach/communication.

12:15 p.m.

Wrap Up and Adjourn

   

 

 

 


Subject to change, please check back for updates. All times are Central time zone (Illinois).

 

 

 

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