Annual Conference & Exposition


June 11-14 | Exposition: June 12-14 | MANDALAY BAY CONVENTION CENTER| LAS VEGAS | USA

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Public Officials Program

Designed to help mayors, water and wastewater board commissioners, and council members better understand key water issues and take smart steps to address them. 

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Legal Program

Join us for one-day of programming designed just for legal counsel and utility managers.

Workshops - Monday, June 11

Workshops offer fresh perspectives on relevant topics. Sign-up early before seats fill up. Additional fee is required. 

MON01 | Aging Infrastructure Management: Hydraulic Analysis of Criticality and Component Failures in Water Distribution Systems

9:00 a.m. - noon
$110 members | $210 nonmembers | $30 students

Over a decade ago, AWWA announced that a new era is dawning, the Era of Pipe Replacement. Vast numbers of pipes in use today have reached or exceeded their useful life span. AWWA estimates that utilities will have to spend over $1 trillion on pipe replacements. Traditionally, utilities invested capital resources to support growth. While it could be simple to determine where new pipes are needed to remedy capacity bottlenecks, it might be hard to prioritize pipe replacements. Pipe condition assessment can forecast the likelihood of a pipe failure. To prioritize a pipe’s replacement based on the risk of failure, one also needs to determine the consequences of the pipe’s failure. This workshop will show how hydraulic models can be used to determine pipe criticality by evaluating the impacts of pipe failure.

MON02 | Understanding and Using the ANSI/AWWA G520, Wastewater Collection System Operations and Management Standard

9:00 a.m. - noon
$110 members | $210 nonmembers | $30 students

This workshop will help utility employees understand how to implement and utilize the AWWA G520 standard with the end goal of improving and enhancing utility operations and management of wastewater collection systems. 

MON03 | Condition Assessment of Water Mains

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$155 members | $255 nonmembers | $60 students

This is an interactive workshop to address the use and application of condition assessment technologies and principles, as built around the new AWWA Manual M77, Water Main Condition Assessment. The workshop’s focus is to help utilities understand the range of approaches and technologies that are available for water main condition assessment and some of the key issues that should drive selection and use of condition assessment technologies and techniques.

MON04 | AWWA Manual M5 - Water Utility Management: What You Don't Know That You Probably Should

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
$155 members | $255 nonmembers | $60 students

Today, increasing demands, changing technologies, uncertain costs, and aging infrastructure complicate every utility manager’s role. Whether the utility is large or small, successful management requires more than single-subject expertise. Today’s leaders must optimize the operations and maintenance activities of the utility, effectively serve and communicate with utility customers and other stakeholders, continuously improve its workforce capabilities, replace aging infrastructure with scarce financial resources, appropriately manage its risks, and keep up with rapidly changing information systems and technology.

The new M5 Manual–Water Utility Management delivers deep experience, strength and context for each of these concerns.

This workshop’s presentations are from public and private utility executives, senior water and wastewater engineers, and principal management and financial consultants who have captured the water industry’s best practices, methods, approaches, and overall strategies to help participating utility managers remain heroes in today’s complex and ever-changing world. The workshop will also help seasoned utility managers build on their prior knowledge and broaden their perspectives.

MON05 | Water Main Rehabilitation & Utility Representation Case Studies

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$155 members | $255 nonmembers | $60 students

This workshop will provide an overview of the M28 Manual and mechanisms available to select water main rehabilitation solutions. Multiple technologies will be presented, from condition assessment to rehabilitation technologies, along with interactive sessions that reinforce decision making and defending selections of particular rehabilitation solutions. The workshop will continue with case studies utility representatives will offer, which further support principles presented in the workshop, and will end with a panel discussion on how to build continuing  water main rehabilitation programs.

MON06 | Beyond the Spec Book: Learn What, How & When to Use Various Equipment in the Water Treatment Process

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
$110 members | $210 nonmembers | $30 students

Eight manufacturers will set up their equipment in the room, with a station for each. In small groups, attendees will visit each station and learn about equipment piece(s), touch or handle the equipment, learn how to operate it, understand when to use it, and learn what each part of the equipment specification means in simple terms. 

MON07 | Implementation of AWWA Utility Management Standards to Optimize Utility Operations: ANSI/AWWA G100, Water Treatment Plant; ANSI/AWWA G200, Distribution System; ANSI/AWWA G300, Source Water Protection

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$110 members | $210 nonmembers | $30 students

This interactive, hands-on workshop focuses on the implementation of the AWWA Utility Management standards for specific treatment, distribution, and source water protection programs. Participants will use the standards and self-assessment guides to identify gaps in specific programs that are used at their utilities. Presenters, who have a minimum of 20 years of experience in treatment, distribution or source water protection, will help guide participants through the self-assessment process. Participants are encouraged to bring details of their programs they would like to evaluate, such as source water assessments, source water protection plans, corrosion control plans, water quality management, plant maintenance plans, etc. Attendees will be surveyed prior to the workshop so the group can focus workshop content on specific areas of interest.

MON08 | Role of Groundwater Models in Sustainable Groundwater Management

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
$110 members | $210 nonmembers | $30 students

Groundwater models have been used for decades to answer any number of questions pertaining to the movement of groundwater flow and contaminant transport. Recent advances in data collection methods, computing power, university programs focusing on groundwater modeling training, and visualization software have led to more regular usage and acceptance of groundwater models by water supply managers and their consultants. In addition, increased regulatory requirement and expectations pertaining to the potential for adverse environmental impacts, such as stream depletion from groundwater extraction, has provided further context for use of a groundwater model to facilitate the engagement of all stakeholders involved in a groundwater management project and to evaluate the effect of groundwater and related projects on the interaction of complex hydrologic systems. This workshop will provide a brief overview of groundwater modeling for water managers considering the use of, or evaluating the results from, a groundwater model.

Facility Tours

An additional fee is required. Must be registered for a full-conference, one-day or exhibits-only and pre-registration is required. Capacity is limited.

Name changes are not permitted after the cutoff date. Photo ID is required to board bus and waiver must be completed during the bus ride.

T1 | Hoover Dam—Wednesday Tour (SOLD OUT)

Wednesday, June 13 | 7:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | $70

Your guided tour of this engineering marvel will include technical and historical information, time at the visitor center, and an up-close look at the iconic structure’s penstocks and power plant generators.

Due to safety reasons, closed toe shoes are REQUIRED to attend this tour, no exceptions. Please wear comfortable clothing as there will be lots of walking.  Water bottles are allowed on the tour. 

T2 | Bellagio—Behind the Scenes of the Fountain System (SOLD OUT)

Wednesday, June 13 | 8:00 a.m. - noon | $55

The tour includes a look behind the scenes at the elaborate system that ensures Bellagio’s one-of-a-kind water feature functions reliably. The tour continues at the 25-foot-deep Cirque du Soleil “O” performance pool, where technicians explain how the advanced filtration system keeps the 1.5-million-gallon pool pristine.

T3 | MGM Sustainability Program at the MGM Grand Hotel

Wednesday, June 13 | 8:30 a.m. - noon. | $55

A surprising look at the MGM award-winning Green Advantage program. This tour provides a rare level of access into MGM’s environmental initiatives that have made MGM a global leader in sustainability. 

T4 | Aquatic Life Support Systems of Shark Reef and Mirage Dolphin Habitat

Wednesday, June 13 | 8:30 a.m. - noon | $55

At the Mirage Resort’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat tour, you’ll go behind the scenes to see what is required to maintain optimal conditions for the beloved ocean mammals. At Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, from within an acrylic tunnel, visitors get a nearly 360-degree view of the breathtaking 1.3- million gallon exhibit.

T5 | River Mountains Water Treatment Facility

Thursday, June 14 | 7:30 a.m. - noon | $55

All international attendees have to send photocopy of their passport at time of registration in order to attend this tour. A direct filtration plant that uses oznation for primary disinfection, the River Mountains WT facility has a capacity of 300 mgd but was designed so it could expand to double that output. Visit the football-field-sized ozonation chamber, filter beds, ozone-generation facility, and sophisticated municipal compliance and research laboratories.

T6 | Hoover Dam—Thursday Tour (SOLD OUT)

Thursday, June 14 | 7:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | $70

Your guided tour of this engineering marvel will include technical and historical information, time at the visitor center, and an up-close look at the iconic structure’s penstocks and power plant generators.

T7 | Las Vegas Wash Tour & Clark County Wetlands Park

Thursday, June 14 | 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  | $55

Las Vegas’s extensive water recycling programs capture more than 95 percent of all water used indoors. Most of the community’s highly treated wastewater is channeled back to Lake Mead through the Las Vegas Wash, which also provides habitat for a wide array of native and migratory species. The Clark County Wetlands Park and protective slow flows facilitate the growth of water-filtering vegetation.

T8 | Springs Preserve Behind The Scenes Tour

Thursday, June 14 | 8:30 a.m. - noon | $70

The 180-acre Springs Preserve is the nation’s largest LEED-Platinum-certified public facility, featuring on-site solar energy production, an award-winning solar house, a biofiltration wetland area, and buildings using rammed-earth construction. This behind-the-scenes tour of the Water Works exhibit also includes award-winning gardens, a museum complex and natural area—all sustainable.

T9 | Desert Princess Boat Tour at Lake Mead Cruises

Thursday, June 14 | 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | $75

Tour North America’s largest man-made reservoir,  from the deck of the paddle-wheeler Lake Mead Desert Princess. Price includes cruise ticket; food for purchase is available on the boat. 

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