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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 is currently being continually updated. Session times and content are subject to change.

Sunday, March 5, 2023

1:00 pm- 5:00 pm

Workshops and Technical Sessions

Jumpstart your Symposium experience on Sunday afternoon with an in-depth workshop or technical sessions.

Workshop 1: Water Reuse 101 – Introduction from the Experts

If you are new to water reuse or just need a good refresher, the Water Reuse Boot Camp is the perfect way to begin the Symposium. Join us for an A-to-Z discussion of the drivers, challenges, and opportunities for reuse and walk away with a basic understanding of the key steps to planning and implementing a successful project.

Workshop 2: Communication Matters! Strategies for Ensuring Project Success

How do you build trust and passion for water reuse in your community? Join our panel of communications practitioners for a look at best practices, lessons learned, and key outreach strategies that connect with ratepayers, elected leaders, and policy makers. Learn about the steps for developing messaging that resonates locally, tools and resources to support your communications program, and key considerations for communicating about advanced water purification.

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.

Welcome Reception

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

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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. 

10:30 am-
11:00 am

Networking break and poster presentations

11:00 am-
12:00 pm

Concurrent technical tracks

Choose from presentations on six tracks providing insight and professional development, relevant to every life cycle phase of a water reuse project.

12:00 pm-
1:30 pm

Luncheon: Annual WateReuse Awards for Excellence & President’s Awards

Network with colleagues and gain inspiration from the utilities, businesses, and individuals receiving awards for leadership and innovation in water recycling.

1:45 pm-
3:15 pm

Concurrent technical tracks

Choose from presentations on six tracks providing insight and professional development, relevant to every life cycle phase of a water reuse project.

3:15 pm-
3:45 pm

Networking break and poster presentations

3:45 pm-
5:15 pm

Concurrent technical tracks

Choose from presentations on six tracks providing insight and professional development, relevant to every life cycle phase of a water reuse project.

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.

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

7:30 am-
9:00 am

Breakfast plenary session

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.

9:00 am-
10:00 am

Concurrent technical tracks

Choose from presentations on six tracks providing insight and professional development, relevant to every life cycle phase of a water reuse project.

10:00 am-
10:30 am

Networking break and poster presentations

10:30 am-
12:00 pm

Concurrent technical tracks

Choose from presentations on six tracks providing insight and professional development, relevant to every life cycle phase of a water reuse project.

12:15 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 from the booming Southeast industrial market for a discussion with federal and utility leaders on how to meet new ESG standards concerning water conservation and water recycling. Panelists will explore how ESG practices can improve a company’s reputation with investors, as well as the impacts and potential solutions for new ESG requirements. 

1:45 pm-
3:15 pm

Concurrent technical tracks

Choose from presentations on six tracks providing insight and professional development, relevant to every life cycle phase of a water reuse project.

3:15 pm-
3:45 pm

Networking break and poster presentations

3:45 pm-
4:40 pm

Concurrent technical tracks

Choose from presentations on six tracks providing insight and professional development, relevant to every life cycle phase of a water reuse project.

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.

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

8:00 am-
9:15 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

Water Reuse in the One Water Research Portfolio 

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 (invited) 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. 

9:15 am
9:30 am

Networking break

9:30 am
11:00 am

Closing 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. 

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