It is a pivotal moment for water in America; an extreme drought coinciding with an economic crisis. Leadership matters more than ever. We've brought together some of the most influential CEOs in the industry to discuss the imperatives and the opportunities in the current environment.
This second session of roundtable discussions focuses on major projects and key innovations around the Re-Thinking Water theme. There will be $25 billion of business opportunity under discussion alongside the innovations that will shape the US water sector over the next decade.
Rafael Villegas, Managing Water Utility Engineer, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Jesus Gonzalez, Manager of Recycled Water Program, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Manisha Kothari, San Francisco PUC
Rob Beste, Assistant General Manager, Water Replenishment District of Southern California
Rajen Budhia, Water Resource Engineer II, MWDSC
Scott Reinert, Water Resources Manager, El Paso Water Utilities
Nazario Prieto, Assistant Water Services Director, City of Phoenix
Adrienne Arceri, Project Manager, Tampa Bay Water
Leo Ferrando, Assistant Chief Engineer, San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District
Joe Mouawad,General Manager, Easte Municipal Water District
Scott Rogers, Engineering Manager, Palmdale Water District
Rick Shintaku, General Manager, South Coast Water District & Marc Donovan, North American Water Treatment and Desalination Lead - GHD, South Coast Water District
Kathleen Esposito, Chief, Office of Regulatory Strategy, New York DEP
Nitin Goel, Optimization Manager, Central Contra Costa Sanitary District
Kevin Hardy, Executive Director, National Water Research Institute
Joe McDermott, Director of Engineering and Exteal Affairs, Las Virgenes Municipal Water District
Adriana Ventimiglia, Senior Program Engineer, Las Vegas Valley Water District
Aaron Snyder, Corps Water Infrastructure Financing Program - Interim Director, US Army Corps of Engineers
Joel Paulsen, Executive Director, Metro Flood Diversion Authority
Gregory Reed, General Manager, West Basin Municipal Water District
Raymond Di Prinzio, Managing Director, Global Sponsor Coverage & Co-Head of Infrastructure Finance, SMBC
Amy Dorman, Deputy Director, San Diego Public Utilities
If we are rethinking water, let's start bold. Can water and wastewater treatment pay for itself? It is not such a crazy proposition when you consider all the different ways to recover value from it. As drinking water and wastewater utilities embrace the cutting edge of the circular economy, how can revenue streams from reuse and resource recovery be secured?
Rising wages, static tariffs and increased consumable costs leave utility operators with one imperative: to improve productivity. How are those at the sharp end of operations thinking about this challenge? Does it add up to a big opportunity for digital technologies?
How do ESG investors see the opportunity in getting water right? Do they see beyond the box ticking exercise to the value that water represents? If so, what do they look out for, and what would they like to see more of?
Salt has been building up in the water systems of the Western United States for decades. Now as we look to take water efficiency and unconventional resource development to new high levels, radical solutions are needed. What are they?
The federal government has made big commitments to investment in water infrastructure. The amounts are enough to transform the outlook for the sector at this crucial moment, but there are still challenges and obstacles to deployment. How does the sector move forward, and what does this mean for other sources of funding?
Which technologies will have the biggest impact on expanding the scope of industrial water reuse? A wealth of innovative solutions from brine concentration to digital optimization will be critical to maintaining business continuity while prioritizing water quality and cost-effectiveness. Whether your focus is microelectronics or mining, food & beverage or pharmaceuticals, this session will provide the solutions you need to close the loop and safeguard your operations against water scarcity.
Per-and-polyfluoroalkyl substances are undoubtedly hazardous to human health even in small quantities, but are they so dangerous that they need regulating down to the parts per quadrillion level? Does the science justify such limits? Would America be safer if the same money was spent on other measures to protect public health? You be the judge. Listen to both sides of the argument and then vote for the winner in what is sure to be a historic debate.