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Day 2 - 26th January
Registration and One-to-One Networking
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Opening Plenary: Water Leadership Panel

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.



  • Ryan Roberts, Executive Vice President and Business Operating Unit Leader, Stantec
  • Karine Rougé, CEO - Municipal Water, Veolia North America
  • Patrick Decker, President and CEO, Xylem
  • David Stanton, CEO, UGSI Solutions
  • Brian DeWolf, CEO, Vessco
One-to-One Networking
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Coffee Break
Roundtables: Big Plans and Urgent Technologies

This second session of roundtable discussions focuses on major projects and key innovations around the Re-Thinking Water theme. There will be $5 billion of business opportunity under discussion alongside the innovations that will shape the US water sector over the next decade.

Operation NEXT LA, CA

Rafael Villegas- Managing Water Utility Engineer, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

LA Advanced Water Purification Facility, CA

Jesus GonzalezManager of Recycled Water Program, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

PureWater San Francisco

Manisha Kothari- San Francisco PUC

WRD saline plume, CA

Rob Beste- Assistant General Manager, Water Replenishment District of Southe Califoia

Pure Water Southern California, CA

Rajen Budhia-  Water Resource Engineer II, MWDSC

El Paso BWRO expansion and direct potable reuse, TX.

Scott Reinert- Water Resources Manager, El Paso Water Utilities

Cave Creek Water Reclamation Plant Expansion

Nazario Prieto- Assistant Water Services Director, City of Phoenix

Tampa Bay surface water expansion, FL

Adrienne Arceri- Project Manager, Tampa Bay Water

Watershed Connect, CA

Adekunle Ojo- Water Resource Manager, San Beardino Valley Municipal Water District

Eastern Municipal Water District brine reduction, CA

Joe Mouawad- General Manager, Easte Municipal Water District

Pure Water Antelope Valley

Scott Rogers- Engineering Manager, Palmdale Water District

Doheny Desalination, CA

Rick Shintaku- General Manager, South Coast Water District 

Rikers Island Wastewater Consolidation New York

Kathleen Esposito- Chief, Office of Regulatory Strategy, New York DEP

Monetizing the Circular Economy

If we are rethinking water, let's start bold. Can 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 water utilities embrace the cutting edge of circular economy, how can revenue streams from reuse and resource recovery be secured?


The Productivity Imperative

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?

What do ESG investors want from water?

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?



  • Aymen Karoui, Director, Methodology & Portfolio Research, Sustainalytics
  • Evan Kaufman, Principal, Global Impact, KKR
  • Kirsten James, Senior Program Director, Water, Ceres
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Confronting the Brine Crisis

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?


  • Dr Amy Childeress, Professor and Director of Environmental Engineering Program, University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering


  • Peter Fiske, Director, National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI)
  • Jeff Mosher, General Manager, Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA)
  • Greg Woodside, Executive Director of Planning and Natural Resources, Orange County Water District (OCWD)
  • Scott Reinert- Chairman of the Multi State Salinity Coalition and Water Resources Manager, El Paso Water 
  • Rick Stover, Chief Technical Officer, Gradiant   
The New Landscape for Financing

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?


  • Francesca McCann, Business Development Director - InfraManagement Group, Black & Veatch


12 Crucial Technologies for Accelerating Reuse in Industry
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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.



The Great PFAS Debate: Parts per quadrillion regulation, sense or non-sense?

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.