Sustainable Water Management

The 2020 Sustainable Water Management Conference will bring together water sector organizations and professionals to discuss all aspects of resilient and efficient water management. Attendees will gain insights into best practices for managing water resources, source water protection, sustainable utility planning, analyzing the costs and benefits of water conservation, and exploring alternative water sources including stormwater and reuse.

2020 Registration is open! 

 or fill out the Registration form 

Do you need a letter of invitation from AWWA? Submit the request form. Requests will be honored for attendees and presenters with the intent to register.

Who attends Sustainable Water Management Conference?

  • Water resource planners and engineers
  • Conservation professionals
  • Green infrastructure professionals
  • Municipal water & wastewater utilities
  • Industry consultants
  • Local, state, and federal governmental agencies
  • Educators
  • Agricultural interests
  • Research groups
  • Utility managers
  • Water quality specialists
  • Public affairs managers
  • Special interests such as golf courses, aquifer storage, and recovery

    Register by March 6, 2020 for best rates!

2020 Registration Rates Member Early Rate  Nonmember Early Rate 
Member Late  Rate  Nonmember Late Rate 
Full-Conference Registration (Best Value!) 
Includes sessions, lunch & reception; does not include Sunday workshops
$620 $805 $805 $905
Monday Only (includes sessions, lunch & reception) $395 $580  $580 $680
Tuesday/Wednesday Only (includes sessions) $395 $580 $580 $680
Student (validation required - same as Full-Conference) $35 $50 $35 $50
Speaker (validation required - same as Full-Conference) $370 $555 $555 $655
Pre-Conference Workshops  Pre-conference workshop prices vary - see program tab for details

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 deadline will receive a refund, minus a 25% administrative fee. Cancellations after March 6, 2020 will not be refunded; however, substitute registrants are always welcome. Fax requests for substitutions or cancellations to 303.347.0804 or email to AWWA Customer Service.
Photo and Information Release: By registering for this event, you agree to allow AWWA to use your photo in any AWWA-related publication or website. Registrants may receive show-related and promotional emails from sponsors. AWWA uses a third party for this service, and at no time was your email disclosed to sponsors.


2020 Program now available!

AWWA's Sustainable Water Management Conference presents solutions for balancing the benefits of conservation with the costs, managing water resources, sustainable utilities and infrastructure, urban planning and design, energy efficiency, water conservation, stormwater and reuse.

The 2020 program consists of technical sessions, posters, facility tour and pre-conference workshops.

2020 Pre-Conference Workshops

PCW01 – Benefit-Cost Analysis Workshop
Sunday, March 29 Half-day A.M.
$95 for members before March 6, 2020

Participants will be educated on how to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of water conservation measures. Cost-benefit analysis has been used for years to prioritize water conservation measures. Individual water conservation measure are considered to be cost-effective when benefits exceed costs. Once individual measures have been found to be cost-effective, they can be combined into an overall water conservation program. Cost-benefit analysis depends on accurate forecasts of conservation measure water savings, costs, and benefits. Benefits and costs are normally compared in a present worth analysis.

PCW02 – GIS-Centric Operations: Effective Service Delivery
Sunday, March 29 Half-day P.M. 

$95 for members before March 6, 2020
A geographic information system (GIS) is a framework for gathering, managing, and analyzing data. This workshop introduces GIS applications for water utilities and provides a deep dive into water operations, inspections, compliance, filed crew/mobile apps and integrated water resource planning.

Technical Facility Tour

Hitting Home Runs, Scoring Goals and Saving Water
Sunday, March 29 
1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

The tour will begin at the new state-of-the-art rainwater collection system at Allianz Field, home of Minnesota United Soccer team. This $2.1 million rainwater reuse system occurs out of sight. A massive 675,000-gallon holding tank beneath the stadium's Great Lawn stores the rainwater that falls onto the roof of Allianz Field. The system is designed to collect and redistribute up to 2 million gallons each year.
The second stop will be the CHS Field, home of the Saint Paul Saints. Since CHS Field doesn’t have much roof cover, the adjacent Metropolitan Council Green Line light rail Operations and Maintenance Facility (OMF) roof is used as a water supply. A pipe allows rainwater to flow from portion of the OMF roof to a 27,000-gallon steel cistern tank below the ballpark concourse. Harvested rainwater is then treated and used to irrigate the playing field. 

Overall Program Topics:

Efficiency—Effective water conservation programs reduce demands, operating costs, and capital expansion requirements. Join experts in the field of resource conservation to discuss best practices for protecting your resources and implementing programs that encourage wise water use.

Resilience and Sustainability—Utilities need innovative solutions in order to thrive despite new and mounting challenges. Explore field-tested solutions and new technologies to help with water management and project sustainability.

Source Water Supply and Protection—Protecting our water resources requires an integrated approach and collaboration with the entire community. Experts will discuss key management strategies addressing resource use and supply protection.

Resource Management and Planning—Long-range planning requires a careful analysis of risk and the interplay among all aspects of the water cycle. Experts in this track will discuss the best methods for incorporating risk and uncertainty into the management of your utility.


Sponsorship Opportunities 

The Sustainable Water Management Conference offers a variety of sponsorship opportunities to enhance your company's impact and connect your company to a qualified and high-profile audience entirely interested in the management of sustainable water systems!

Being a conference sponsor is a great way to leverage your presence at the conference, increase your brand awareness, and put your organization’s name in front of all conference attendees.

2020 Sponsorship Opportunities

For sponsor inquiries, contact AWWA Sales.









Hotel Information

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403

Book your Room today at the special conference rate of $139 plus taxes per night, available through March 6 or until sold out - whichever happens first. 

All conference events will take place within the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis hotel, ideally located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis.  Step outside the hotel directly on Nicollet, a mile-long, pedestrian-friendly oasis lined by bars and restaurants, art, bountiful greenery and many shopping options - where motor vehicles are restricted to buses and taxis only. 

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.

Conference Location

Learn More about all Minneapolis has to offer! 

A dramatic riverfront skyline, three professional sports stadiums within 1.3 miles, so much art you’re literally surrounded by it and a theater on almost every corner. A culture as committed to protecting the outdoors as to perfecting the craft of the brew, one of the best park systems in the nation, and a foodie paradise.  A place to party at festivals all year round, enjoy four gorgeous seasons surrounded by lakes, the Mississippi River and a waterfall, and meet friendly locals who can’t wait to show you why they love living here.

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Presenter deadlines and resources

Congratulations on being selected to present!

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  • Create your presentation with our Powerpoint templates Standard Format Wide Format
Please visit Plan your presentation for guidelines, responsibilities and additional information.
If you have any questions or need assistance please contact Education Services




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For questions regarding registration, lodging or general conference questions, please contact the Conferences and Education group.