Transformative Issues Symposium on Affordability - August 6-7, 2018 | Washington D.C.

With financing of infrastructure renewal and replacement projects being a significant concern for many water and wastewater utilities, rate increases have been necessary for some utilities to sustainably fund infrastructure projects on an ongoing basis. Rate increases can increase the financial burden on utility customers, particularly low-income customers with the most highly impacted customers dedicating a significant portion of their household income toward water/wastewater utility bills. To reduce the impact, many utilities have implemented programs to assist low-income customers. Water utilities have addressed affordability concerns in many ways with the legislative framework driving differences at a local, regional and federal level.

The Transformative Issues Symposium on Affordability will bring water sector professionals from across North America to discuss the most important and challenging issues associated with affordability. This event will feature presentations given by affordability thought leaders and will engage attendees in facilitated discussions to help foster the exchange of ideas on this evolving topic of concern. 

Join AWWA and WEF as we host the inaugural Transformative Issues Symposium on Affordability.  

Topics will focus on identifying affordability concerns, overcoming legal and regulatory barriers, customer assistance programs, utility rate setting, and infrastructure financing and case studies sharing lessons learned from affordability programs implemented by water and wastewater utilities. The content will consider key questions, challenges, solutions and areas of acute interest most relevant to advance the knowledge and understanding of affordability on a federal, state and regional/local level.

Technical Program will be available in March.

Who attends?

  • Academics
  • Consultants
  • Local, state and federal government agencies 
  • Public officials
  • Public affairs managers
  • Water utility board members
  • Water utility management and executives, including general managers and finance officers 


View AWWA's Resource Community on Affordability


Join AWWA and WEF for the inaugural Transformative Issues Symposium on Affordability in Washington, D.C., August 6-7, 2018.

REGISTER ONLINE or download the registration form (PDF)

Who attends this symposium?

  • Water utility management and executives, including general managers and finance officers  
  • Water utility board members
  • Public officials
  • Local, state, and federal government agencies 
  • Public affairs managers
  • Consultants
  • Academics 

2018 Registration Rates

Registration Type
Member rate
thru June 29th

rate thru June

Member rate
on or after June 30
Nonmember rate
on or after  June 30 
Full-Conference  $495 $695  $695  $795
One-Day Only $350

$550  $550  $750
Student Same as Full-Conference $35 $35  $35  $35
Speaker Same as Full-Conference $355 $355  $355  $355


Hotel Information


The Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C.

All events will take place at The Washington Court Hotel. AWWA has reserved a block of rooms at a discounted rate of $159/night + taxes. 

For questions on housing, please reach out to our official housing bureau, Par Avion, at 866.364.9515.


Alert: AWWA is aware of multiple organizations contacting attendees to solicit hotel rooms. For your protection, reserve hotel accommodations using only the link above. 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

Transformative Issues Symposium on Affordability Schedule-at-a-Glance

 Preliminary Schedule. All conference events take place at The Washington Court Hotel

Monday, August 6
7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Registration Open
8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Opening Plenary Session
10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Technical Sessions
noon - 1:30 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Networking Reception
Tuesday, August 7  
 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration Open
 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Technical Sessions
 noon - 1:30 p.m. Lunch (provided)

For questions regarding registration, lodging or general conference questions, please contact the AWWA Conferences and Events Group.