Legal & Finance Roundtables


November 2 & 3, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois - PFAS: Navigating Legal, Financial and Technological Challenges

AWWA’s Communities Roundtable, “PFAS: Navigating Legal, Financial and Technological Challenges,” being held November 2-3, 2023 at the Hilton Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, is an interactive dialogue between leading experts from the legal, financial, regulatory, water utility, and consulting arenas who are actively working on PFAS issues.

With the Administration’s proposed PFAS rule now under development at EPA, this roundtable is designed to help water utilities, municipal leaders, and water sector service providers alike proactively plan and manage the current (and likely future) legal, financial, and technical challenges that PFAS presents to the water sector.


PFAS: Navigating Legal, Financial and Technological Challenges

November 2 & 3, 2023 I  Chicago, Illinois

Roundtable Location Roundtable Sponsors  
Hilton Chicago
720 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
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Who Should Attend?

  • Water utility leaders (CEOs, GMs, CFOs, COOs, Directors, etc.) 
  • General Counsels and senior legal staff
  • Financial community leaders involved in water and infrastructure funding
  • Communications and public relations professionals in the water sector
  • Water sector company senior executives (finance, operational, engineering)
  • Service provider executives, including engineering consulting, financial and legal advisory firms
  • Legal professionals practicing in the water and environmental spaces 
  • Senior members from the municipal legal, infrastructure and financial communities

Registration Detail

Capacity is limited, and will close when full. Register today!

Registration Rates
AWWA Member 
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Roundtable Registration   $395 $495

Hotel Information

A limited block of rooms is available for the special rate of $219 plus taxes & fees per night, available until September 30 or until sold out - whichever happens first. Please book early!

Roundtable Cancellation Policy: AWWA must receive cancellations in writing. All cancellations dated on or before 21 days prior to first day of seminar will receive a refund, minus a 25% administrative fee. Cancellations received after this deadline will not be refunded; however, substitute registrants are welcome. Email requests for substitutions or cancellations to 

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Workshop Agenda

Join us on November 2 & 3, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois for a comprehensive discussion on PFAS - program session topics will include Regulatory, Legal, Financial, and Management & Technological. 

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


Day 1:

Thursday, November 2, 2023

12 Noon

Registration & Check-in

1:00 p.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

1:30 p.m.

EPA PFAS Regulation and Recovery of Compliance Costs

A moderated discussion that will include such topics as:

  • EPA regulations under the Safe Drinking Water and Clean Water Acts as well as potential liability for utilities under the Superfund Law
  • The cost of compliance from new regulations
  • Status of cost recovery efforts by utilities

Tracy Mehan, Executive Director of Government Affairs - AWWA

Randal Brown, Esq., General Counsel - Great Lakes Water Authority
Ashley Campbell, Esq., Counsel - Sher Edling, LLP
Steve Via, Director of Federal Relations - AWWA

3:00 p.m.


3:30 p.m.

First Steps in Managing and Communicating About PFAS

A moderated discussion that will include such topics as:

  • What are the right first steps
  • When and how to communicate about PFAS in drinking water
  • What to say and, importantly, what NOT to say
  • What to do if trust is lost

Samantha Villegas, Director of Strategic Communication Services - Raftelis

Gina Ayala, Director of Public Affairs - Orange County Water District, CA
Vaughn Hagerty, Director of Communications - Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, NC
Marc A. Lucca, President - Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc. 

5:00 p.m.

Networking Reception


Day 2

Friday, November 3, 2023

8:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.

Overnight thoughts on yesterday’s sessions, intro to today’s sessions

9:00 a.m.

Treatment Alternatives and Related Considerations

A moderated discussion that will include such topics as:

  • Treatment alternatives
  • Potential future treatment technologies
  • Treatment/disposal of waste products
  • Supply chain considerations

Nicolle Boulay, Vice President, North American Drinking Water Sector Leader - Stantec

Joe Jacangelo, PhD, Vice President and Director of Research - Stantec
Ryan Burfeind, PE, Public Works Director - City of Cottage Grove, MN
Adam Redding, PhD, Technical Director of Drinking Water Solutions - Calgon Carbon

10:30 a.m. 


10:45 a.m.

Paying for PFAS: Considering All Options

A moderated discussion that will include such topics as:

  • Preparing your finances for the impact
  • Which portions of your budget will compliance NOT touch - it might be fewer than you think
  • Where to find the money for capital investments
  • Strategies to manage implementation and minimize the affordability burden

Toby Fedder, Senior Manager - Raftelis

Christopher Cecchetto, Chief Financial Officer - Suffolk County Water Authority
Steve Marquardt, Branch Manager, Water Division - U.S. EPA Region 5
Kenneth Waldroup, Executive Director - Cape Fear Public Utility Authority
Bruce Whitteberry, Assistant Superintendent of Water Quality & Treatment Division - Greater Cincinnati Water Works

12:15 p.m.


12:30 p.m.





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




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