Sustainable Water Management Conference - March 31- April 3, 2019 | Tucson, Arizona


Presenting 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.

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Registration is now open!

All conference events will take place at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson.

REGISTER ONLINE or fill out the PDF 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.

2019 Registration Rates

Registration Type
Member rate on or before March 8 Nonmember rate on or before March 8 Member rate on or after March 9
rate on or after March 9
Full-conference Registration (Best Value!)
(Includes technical sessions,lunch and reception. Does not include Sunday workshops.)
$595 $775 $775 $875
Monday Only
(includes technical sessions, Monday lunch & reception.)
$360 $540 $540 $640
Tuesday/Wednesday Only (includes /technical sessions.) $310 $490 $490 $590
Student(ID required - Same as Full-Conference) $35 $50 $35 $50
Speaker (same as Full-Conference) $355 $355 $355 $355
Half-day Sunday  Workshops $95 $195 $195 $250
Full-day Sunday  Workshops $190 $390 $390 $500
Technical Tour $55 $55 $55 $55

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 3/8/19 will receive a refund, minus a 25% administrative fee. Beginning on 3/9/19, cancellations will not be refunded; however, substitute registrants are always welcome. Fax requests for substitutions or cancellations to 303.347.0804 or email to

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. 


Hotel Information

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
7000 N. Resort Drive
Tuscon, AZ 85750


Conference Rate: $199 plus tax per night. $29 resort fee is waived when booking in the AWWA block.   

From the moment you arrive at this luxury resort in Tucson, you are greeted with a magnificent view of the Catalina Mountains and indigenous saguaro cactus in every direction. You’ll find amenities and services that make you feel like you’ve just checked into paradise. During your stay, we encourage you to enjoy the sunshine, the miles of hiking trails, the 80-foot waterfall, and all of the other relaxing, indulgent offerings.

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

2019 Sustainable Water Management Technical Program

Online Technical Program

Conference Announcement (PDF)

Organized by technical topic, 2019's program presents solutions to water-sector challenges in defined professional sessions. You will find sessions on key topics that address the full spectrum of an issue.

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 best methods for incorporating risk and uncertainty into the management of your utility.

2018 Technical Program

2018 Online Technical Program

On-site conference program (PDF)

Who attends Sustainable?

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

Pre-Conference Workshops - Sunday, March 31

Workshops provide in-depth, hands-on comprehensive learning opportunities. Workshop registrations do require a separate fee. 

PCW01 - GIS Applications in Water Resources 101
8:00 a.m.–noon
$95 early member | $195 early nonmember | $195 member after March 8 | $250 nonmember after March 8

A geographic information system (GIS) is a framework for gathering, managing, and analyzing data. Rooted in the science of geography, GIS integrates many types of data. It analyzes spatial location and organizes layers of information into visualizations using maps and 3D scenes. This workshop will introduce GIS applications for water systems.

PCW02 - Cost Benefit Analysis
1:00–5:00 p.m.
$95 early member | $195 early nonmember | $195 member after March 8 | $250 nonmember after March 8

Participants will be educated on how to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of water conservation measures. Benefit-Cost analysis has been used for years to prioritize water conservation measures. Individual water conservation measures 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. Benefit-Cost analysis depends on accurate forecasts of conservation measure water savings, costs, and benefits. Benefits and costs are normally compared in a present worth analysis.

PCW03 - Building Resilience to a Changing Climate: A Technical Training Workshop in Water Sector Utility Decision Support
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., lunch included
$190 early member | $390 early nonmember | $390 member after March 8 | $500 nonmember after March 8

The Water Utility Climate Alliance is hosting a technical training workshop that will focus on building the resilience of water sector utilities, creating a common understanding of climate science and practices, and creating a practitioner community active in climate adaptation.

T1 - Technical Tour of Southern Avra Valley Storage and Recovery Project and Sweetwater Wetlands
1:00–5:00 p.m.
$55 member | $55 nonmember 

Join Tucson Water staff on an educational tour. The tour will start at the Southern Avra Valley Storage and Recovery Project (SAVSARP). The underground storage project has nine recharge basins which allow Tucson to fully utilize its allocation of the Colorado River Water. After the SAVSARP, the tour will travel to the Sweetwater Wetlands, one of the most important functional, environmental, and educational components of the City of Tucson's reclaimed water system.


T2 - Post-Conference Water Harvesting Tour
12:30–5:00 p.m.
$35 member | $35 nonmember 

This post-conference tour will take you to some of Tucson’s most innovative and successful water harvesting projects. The tour includes municipal, institutional, commercial and residential properties. You’ll see passive systems, such as swales and rain gardens, and more complex, “active” systems that include storage and delivery infrastructure.  You’ll hear directly from people with knowledge and expertise on the projects.   Lunch will be provided.  Tour attendees should schedule flight departures for 5:00 p.m. or later.


Sustainable Water Management Conference at-a-Glance

Preliminary schedule - subject to change. All conference events take place at the Lowes Ventana Canyon Resort.

Sunday, March 31, 2019
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration Open
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Half-day and Full-day Workshops (additional fee)
1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Technical Tour
Monday, April 1, 2019
7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Registration Open
8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Opening General Session
10:00 -10:30 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:30 a.m. - noon
Technical Sessions
noon - 1:30 p.m. Luncheon (provided) and Poster Podium Talks
1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Technical Sessions
3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Refreshment Break
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Technical Sessions
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Networking Reception with Poster Presenters

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration Open
7:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Technical Sessions
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:30 a.m. - noon Technical Sessions
noon - 1:30 p.m. Lunch on your own
1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Technical Sessions
3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Refreshment Break
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Technical Sessions
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
8:00 - noon
Registration Open
8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Technical Sessions
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:30 a.m. - noon Technical Sessions


No need to leave the resort...

After the sessions are over, no need to leave the resort!
The Loews Ventana Canyon Resort hosts two 18-hole golf courses.
Better yet - the courses are irrigated with reclaimed water!
Guests who book in the AWWA hotel block receive a
10% discount off their individual tee times.



Looking to relax? The Resort also has an on-site spa. Guests who book in the AWWA hotel block receive a 10% discount.

Around Tucson

Continue to support sustainability by drinking some local beer. Pima County, the home of Tucson, recently sponsored the AZ Pure Brew Challenge which travelled the community to collect processed wastewater which was further purified and brought to microbreweries around the state. Tucson's own Dragoon Brewing Company won the challenge - stop by their brewery for a taste of the Clear Water Pilsner!

Tucson and its surrounding areas are rich with a deep-rooted history and a culture grown from a landscape that can't be found anywhere else in the world. A bit off the beaten path, Tucson’s unique attractions and great food beckon you to discover and explore!

Getting here & Getting around

Tucson International airport is served by six airlines with daily nonstop service to/from and connections around the world.

Airport Transportation

Taxis to the Lowes Ventana Canyon cost about $21, Uber is approximately $25-$33



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