Water systems serving a small number of customers make up the vast majority of water systems in North America. This track is tailored to the small system manager to help ensure that water quality and service in smaller communities remain on par with larger systems. These sessions address funding sources, treatment, storage, distribution, operations, and management needs.
The frequency of billion-dollar extreme weather events—from hurricanes, flooding, and rising sea levels to droughts, heat waves, and wildfires—has increased dramatically in recent years. Resiliency efforts of water and wastewater utilities not only save lives and taxpayer dollars but also play a key role in preparing cities for the challenges they face from these events. Join experts as they discuss provisions in the newly promulgated America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 legislation for assessing risk and becoming more resilient from not only Mother Nature, but also cyber hazards.
With constantly evolving regulation, compliance, and policy issues, there's always something new to address on the regulatory front. Uncover the latest developments on current issues and capture valuable tips for managing federal, state, provincial, and local issues that affect utility operations, management, and ultimately, the bottom line.
Come discover the latest cutting-edge information related to contaminants in drinking water. These sessions focus on the latest results and approaches to meeting drinking water issues and provide case studies and lessons learned. Topics include the latest advances in treatment methods for PFOA and PFOS, algae, manganese and inorganics, non-point source pollutants, microbials and emerging contaminants, DBPs, and premise plumbing. Sessions also explore the relationship between drinking water, wastewater, reuse, and stormwater from a water quality analysis and treatment perspective.
Protecting and managing water resource portfolios requires an integrated approach that includes existing water resources, water conservation programs, potable reuse projects, watershed protection, groundwater management, and resiliency considerations. Join experts to discuss best practices for protecting your current water resources, modeling and forecasting, and ways to evaluate impaired water sources, all with the goal of developing a robust water supply portfolio.
Water use efficiency practices are valuable tools for water resource managers. Managing demand in the face of increasing population and diminishing source water resources will require innovative solutions. Join industry experts as they explore water loss control and research initiatives, strategies to promote and achieve demand-side management, outdoor water efficiency and shed light on how the right technology to manage customer information can provide meaningful water efficiency benefits.
Effective leadership is critical to overcoming utility and workforce management obstacles. This track explores a range of issues facing water utility general managers and presents innovative solutions for performance management. Discover the latest techniques and tools utilities are using to recruit/retain high quality employees, improve diversity, and protect their organizational knowledge continuum.