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Schedule at a Glance

The program will include plenary sessions, panels, tours, and technical sessions exploring research, planning, technology, policy, and communications.

The Schedule at a Glance and Technical Program are currently being continually updated. Session times and content are subject to change.

Sunday, March 5, 2023

Sunday Tours

Visit some of the Atlanta region’s most innovative water reuse facilities during one of two Sunday tours.

Tour: Water Innovation in Gwinnett County – The Water Tower and F. Wayne Hill Water Resources Center

12:00 pm-4:30 pm

*Sold Out*

Includes lunch. Bus departs from the Marriott Marquis Atlanta.

The Water Tower (TWT)’s water innovation campus located in Buford, GA convenes the public and private sector water industry with academia and nonprofits, expediting the implementation of innovative water and wastewater solutions. The tour includes a live innovator demonstration area and field training center for hands-on technician training. Next door is Gwinnett County’s F. Wayne Hill Water Resources Center, an award-winning advanced wastewater treatment facility. Because the Center returns water to Lake Lanier, it meets or exceeds some of the most stringent effluent quality limits in the nation.

Please wear closed-toe shoes.

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Tour: Onsite Reuse Systems at Georgia Tech and Piedmont Hospital

1:00 pm-4:30 pm

Ticket: $65
Bus departs from the Marriott Marquis Atlanta.

Photo of the Kendeda Building by Jonathan Hillyer courtesy of Georgia Tech

Visit two cutting-edge examples of onsite water reuse in Atlanta. The Kendeda Building at Georgia Tech is the first building in Georgia – and the 28th worldwide – to receive the Living Building Certification. The building features a 50,000-gallon rainwater cistern, 12 foam flush toilets, 4 waterless urinals, a composting toilet system that converts solids and liquids into fertilizer onsite, and a greywater system that pumps to a constructed wetland at the main entrance of the building. The WaterHub at Piedmont Hospital recycles up to 250,000 gallons per day of wastewater from the hospital using a MBR-RO system for cooling tower and boiler use.

3:00 pm-
3:30 pm

Networking break and poster presentations

5:30 pm-
7:30 pm

Welcome Reception

Kickoff your Symposium experience at the Welcome Reception, where you’ll catch up with industry colleagues, make new friends, meet our exhibitors, and create connections.

Monday, March 6, 2023

8:30 am-10:30 am

Opening General Session

Breakfast and welcome

  • Craig W. Lichty P.E., Client Director and Vice President, Black & Veatch; WateReuse Association President

Keynote Address: The Water Cycle and the City of the Future
A-P Hurd

A-P Hurd is a developer and consultant who works on projects that match capital with building better cities. In this session, A-P will discuss the impact of the regulatory environment on developing the cities we want—and in particular its impact on water management. These regulatory frameworks have impacts at multiple scales that ultimately influence energy use, water quality, peak stormwater flows, and opportunities for water reuse. A-P will also examine how our measurement and environmental assessment systems (such as SEPA and NEPA) impact our ability to innovate and improve water use in both positive and negative ways, and some of the unintended consequences of these environmental frameworks that were developed nearly 50 years ago and that deeply influence how cities and landscapes are developed and managed today. 

A-P is the author of The Carbon Efficient City, a book that looks at urban systems and how to build better, more delightful cities that also minimize water and energy use (recognizing that these issues are deeply interconnected). For nine years, she taught a graduate course on sustainability and land use economics in the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington. She speaks and writes frequently on urban issues including housing, mobility, and how they intersect with equity and resource management. 

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Roundtable Discussion: Reimagining Water Together Creating a Modern, Resilient, and Equitable Future with Water Recycling

Our panel of utility leaders and community stakeholders will discuss how water recycling can be a critical tool in promoting equitable solutions that ensure underserved communities see the benefits, not just the burdens, of infrastructure planning and delivery. The discussion will explore how more cities can use water recycling programs to mitigate the water supply consequences of climate change, ensure broader water accessibility and affordability, particularly in disadvantaged communities, and support economic stability and growth. 

Moderator: Victoria Johnson, Global Equity Director, HDR

Panelists:

  • Haley Falconer, Environmental Division Senior Manager, City of Boise
  • Beverly Stinson, Executive Vice President, Global Water Business Line, AECOM
  • Keisha Thorpe, Assistant General Manager – Operations, Clayton County Water Authority

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10:30 am-
11:00 am

Networking break and poster presentations

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11:00 am-
12:00 pm

Concurrent technical tracks

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  • Advancing Reuse in Small or Underrepresented Communities
  • Water Reuse Communications, Outreach, and Education
  • Environmental Mitigation, Climate Resiliency, and Adaptation
  • Industrial Reuse Opportunities
  • Innovation and Emerging Research
  • Policies and Programs Advancing Water Recycling
  • Potable Reuse Innovations

12:00 pm-
1:30 pm

Luncheon: WateReuse Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony

Network with colleagues and gain inspiration from the utilities, businesses, and individuals receiving awards for leadership and innovation in water recycling. Annual Awards for Excellence, Presidents Award, and Industrial Water Reuse Champion Award.

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1:45 pm-
3:15 pm

Concurrent technical tracks

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  • Advancing Reuse in Your Community
  • Engaging Your Audience
  • Environmental Mitigation, Climate Resiliency, and Adaptation
  • Industrial Reuse Opportunities
  • Evaluating and Assessing Pathogen Removal
  • State of Water Reuse Regulations
  • Potable Reuse Case Studies

3:15 pm-
3:45 pm

Networking break and poster presentations

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3:45 pm-
5:15 pm

Concurrent technical tracks

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  • Developing Onsite Reuse Programs
  • Agricultural Reuse and Irrigation
  • Reuse and Resiliency from East to West
  • Piloting the Right Solution
  • Evaluating and Assessing Pathogen Removal
  • State of Water Reuse Regulations
  • Water Resources Planning, Governance, and Management

5:30 pm
6:30 pm

Early Career Professionals Reimagining Water Together

Meet other emerging professionals in the water reuse industry, share experiences, and learn from your peers.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2023

7:00 am-
9:00 am

Breakfast plenary session

Opening Remarks
Michael Regan, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (invited)

Water Reuse Interagency Working Group:
Federal Collaboration to Build Community Capacity

The Federal Water Reuse Interagency Working Group, established under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, facilitates collaborative actions and develops tools to advance water reuse across the United States. Composed of senior representatives from 15 federal agencies, the Working Group members will discuss accomplishments and goals with the water reuse community. This plenary offers the chance to provide your input on current challenges to implementing reuse at the local level and tangible opportunities to address identified barriers. Join our highly interactive roundtable discussion to learn how the Working Group is building on the success of the National Water Reuse Action Plan and to help inform priorities for increasing capacity to pursue water reuse practices.

The panel will include representatives from the following agencies:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United States Department of Health and Human Services
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • United States Department of Energy
  • Bureau of Reclamation, United States Department of Interior
  • United States Department of Agriculture
  • United States Department of Defense

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9:00 am-
10:00 am

Concurrent technical tracks

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  • Advancing Reuse in Small or Underrepresented Communities
  • Onsite and Decentralized Systems
  • System Operations and Workforce Development
  • Water Resources Planning, Governance, and Management
  • Communications, Outreach, and Education
  • Innovation and Emerging Research
  • Lessons Learned: Israel-U.S. Delegation

10:00 am-
10:30 am

Networking break and poster presentations

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10:30 am-
12:00 pm

Concurrent technical tracks

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  • Programs Advancing Water Reuse
  • Stormwater Capture and Reuse
  • Finding the Right Treatment Train
  • Onsite Reuse and Decentralized Systems
  • Produced Water Reuse
  • Assessing Water Resources

12:00 pm-
1:30 pm

Luncheon plenary panel

Helping Industry Meet ESG Goals: The Business of Water Recycling
Public companies are facing increasing pressure from regulators, politicians, and investors to participate in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) reporting. This panel brings together top executives representing a variety of industries, including technology, energy, and food & beverage to explore how water recycling can help industry achieve resiliency goals. The panel will discuss the impacts of new ESG requirements, the potential for ESG practices to improve a company’s reputation with investors, and public-private partnerships that can help industry embrace water recycling.

Moderator: Chuck Chaitovitz, Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Panelists:

  • Huiet Joseph, Director, Sustainability and Engineering, Cox Enterprises
  • Joan Kowal, Director – Distributed Generation, NextEra Energy Resources
  • Theresa Mazure, Food Safety Principal Scientist: Sustainability, PepsiCo
  • Beau Schilz, Senior Manager, Americas Water Team, Amazon Web Services

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1:45 pm-
3:15 pm

Concurrent technical tracks

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  • Importance of Public Messaging & Demonstration Facilities
  • System Operations and Workforce Development
  • Water Resources Planning, Governance, and Management
  • Rethinking Water Reuse’s Role
  • Water Reuse and Desalination

3:15 pm-
3:45 pm

Networking break and poster presentations

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3:45 pm-
4:40 pm

Concurrent technical tracks

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  • Tackling New Frontiers: Microplastics and Decentralized Potable Reuse
  • Data Processing & Monitoring
  • Sustainability Goals & Reuse
  • Enabling Reuse with MBRs
  • Moving to DPR
  • Making Onsite Reuse Possible

6:00 pm-
9:00 pm

Water is Life: An Evening at the Georgia Aquarium

This year’s industry party takes place at the world-famous Georgia Aquarium, less than a mile from the conference location. Eat, drink, and dance in the private Oceans Ballroom, surrounded by two large window exhibits. Through one window, see the beluga whales (including baby beluga, Shila). Through another, experience Ocean Voyager, the largest aquatic habitat in the Western Hemisphere – home to thousands of animals including two whale sharks and a green sea turtle.

Attendees will be able to join behind-the-scenes tours in small groups to view the aquarium’s pump room and water quality/life support systems center; as well as the upper Ocean Voyager exhibit, upper Tropical River, and aquarium Vet Services.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2023

8:00 am-
9:30 am

Breakfast plenary session

Water Reuse Regulator Summit Briefing 

State regulatory agencies from across the U.S. come together on the first day of the Annual WateReuse Symposium to discuss and share information and experiences on programs and approaches for the management of water reuse. This briefing will share highlights from the 2023 Water Reuse Regulator Summit, including common needs and priority actions identified. The regulator summit supports National Water Reuse Action Plan, Action 2.2: Enhance State Collaboration on Water Reuse

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Water Reuse in the One Water Research Portfolio 

Peter Grevatt, CEO, Water Research Foundation

The Water Research Foundation (WRF) is the world’s leading One Water research and innovation organization and a collaborator in planning and presenting the Annual WateReuse Symposium. Water reuse research supports regulatory and policy decisions and drives innovation that can improve the cost and efficiency of planning and operating a water recycling program. Join CEO Peter Grevatt for an insider look at how water reuse is weaved into WRF’s One Water research portfolio, an overview of research priorities, and a discussion of the potential for recent state and federal investments in water reuse research to accelerate the adoption of water recycling as a water management tool. 

9:30 am
9:45 am

Networking break

9:45 am
11:00 am

Innovation plenary panel

Setting the Stage for Potable Reuse: 50 Years of the Clean Water Act 

Water recycling couldn’t exist as it does today without the Clean Water Act. Fifty years ago, the law famously improved the quality of many of our nation’s rivers, beaches, and waterways setting the stage for advanced water purification processes that allow us to make any water drinkable. Growing public acceptance and the appeal of more cost-effective single distribution systems are leading an increasing number of communities to build potable water reuse into their water management plans, if not for today, as an inevitable part of the future. Our panel of state regulators, utility leaders, and environmentalists will consider a future where potable reuse is the norm everywhere, including in non-arid regions, and discuss how we get there. 

Moderator: Adam Krantz, Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Clean Water Agencies

Panelists:

  • Brian Armstrong, Executive Director, Southwest Florida Water Management District (Florida)
  • Thomas Sigmund, Executive Director, NEW Water (Wisconsin)
  • Nancy Sutley, Senior Assistant General Manager of External and Regulatory Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (California)
  • Gilbert Trejo, Vice President of Operations and Technical Services, El Paso Water (Texas)

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