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35th Annual WateReuse Virtual Symposium Program

This year’s Symposium theme, Reaching New Heights in Water Reuse, showcases the dramatic expansion of water recycling as it becomes a sought after solution for a range of water management challenges.

The program includes plenary sessions to help you plan for the future, workshops with interactive discussion, and more than 100 hours of technical sessions with live speaker chat. Planned in coordination with The Water Research Foundation, the Symposium also features presentations on the latest water reuse research.

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Schedule at a Glance

All times listed are in Mountain Time (Denver, CO). Participate in presentations when they launch or at your convenience.

Monday, September 14, 2020

8:00 am MT

Opening General Session

Welcome and Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Gilbert Trejo, WateReuse Association President, Chief Technical Officer, El Paso Water

Keynote – Peter Kageyama, Author of For the Love of Cities and The Emotional Infrastructure of Places

Plenary Panel: Reaching New Heights in Water Reuse
Our discussion explores how water reuse has evolved over the past three decades in terms of its use applications, and how it might develop in the future. 

Moderator: Gilbert Trejo, WateReuse President

Panelists:

  • Gloria Gray, Director, West Basin Municipal Water District  
  • Felicia Marcus, Landreth Fellow, Stanford University Water in the West Program
  • Yuvbir Singh, Chief Executive Officer, SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions Suez
  • Chris Phipps, Director, Anne Arundel County, Department of Public Works
  • Pinar Balci, Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Environmental Planning and Analysis, New York City Department of Environmental Protection
  • Sunny Wang, Water Resources Manager, City of Santa Monica, Public Works Department – Water Resources
Peter Kageyama

Keynote Sponsor:

10:30 am MT 

Technical Sessions with Live Speaker Availability and Chat

Unless otherwise noted, the Technical Sessions are pre-recorded and available for viewing at your convenience. Join us live at 10:30 am MT to chat with the presenters in the following groups of sessions:

  • Water Reuse 101: A Bootcamp for Beginners
  • Water Recycling Policy and Planning
  • Water Recycling in the Rockies

12:00 pm MT

WateReuse Annual Meeting: Live Speaker Availability

  • Welcome
    Karen Pallansch, WateReuse Association Secretary, Chief Executive Officer, Alexandria Renew Enterprises
  • Annual Meeting Call to Order Gilbert Trejo, WateReuse Association President, Chief Technical Officer, El Paso Water
  • State of the Association
    Patricia Sinicropi, Executive Director, WateReuse Association
Gilbert Trejo

Sponsored by:

2:00 pm MT

Technical Sessions with Live Speaker Availability and Chat

Unless otherwise noted, the Technical Sessions are pre-recorded and available for viewing at your convenience. Join us live at 2:00 pm MT to chat with the presenters in the following groups of sessions:

  • Communications and Public Outreach
  • Stormwater Capture and Reuse

3:30 pm MT 

Technical Sessions with Live Speaker Availability and Chat

Unless otherwise noted, the Technical Sessions are pre-recorded and available for viewing at your convenience. Join us live at 3:00 pm MT to chat with the presenters in the following groups of sessions:

  • Broad Considerations for Reaching New Heights in Reuse
  • Aquifer and Groundwater Recharge

5:00 pm MT 

Reverse Osmosis Based Vs Carbon Based Treatment For Potable Reuse

Potable reuse has taken hold in several different parts of the United States. Broadly, the treatment trains can be divided into two camps:

  • Reverse Osmosis (RO) based treatment that uses RO as both a desalination step and removal barrier for contaminants – typically on a treatment backbone of membrane filtration/reverse osmosis/UV Advanced Oxidation.

  • A carbon-based system that uses carbon adsorption technologies with ozone-BAC/GAC/UV Advanced oxidation

This “debate” will focus on operations. Following a live debate, through polling, our audience will be invited to select the winner.

Debate Moderators:

  • Troy Walker, Hazen and Sawyer
  • Jason Curl, Hazen and Sawyer

Debate Panel Members:

  • Germano Salazar-Benites, Hampton Roads Sanitation District, VA
  • Mehul Patel, Orange County Water District, CA
  • Ryan Popko, JEA, FL

Sponsored by:

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

8:00 am MT

Morning Plenary and WateReuse Awards of Excellence

Welcome
Craig Lichty, WateReuse Association Vice President, Client Director, Black & Veatch

State of Water Reuse Research
Peter Grevatt, Chief Executive Officer, The Water Research Foundation

WateReuse Association President’s Awards
Gilbert Trejo, WateReuse Association President, Chief Technical Officer, El Paso Water
Pam Kenel, WateReuse Awards Chair, Water Resources Director, Loudoun Water

Awards Sponsor:

9:00 am MT 

Technical Sessions with Live Speaker Availability and Chat

Unless otherwise noted, the Technical Sessions are pre-recorded and available for viewing at your convenience. Join us live at 9:00 am MT to chat with the presenters in the following groups of sessions:

  • Workforce Development Trends for Water Recycling Systems
  • Decentralized Water Recycling Systems
  • Water Reuse Around the Globe

10:30 am MT 

Workforce  Development Trends for Water Recycling Systems

New Skills and New Opportunities—the Water Reuse Workforce of the Future Part 2 (Live – 90 minutes)

Building a sustainable and effective reuse program for a community requires the skills and talents of a diverse ecosystem of players. This ecosystem in turn is driven by the workforce that makes it all happen. Please join a panel of thought leaders across the reuse ecosystem for this important discussion hosted by EPA’s Office of Wastewater Management and the WateReuse Association.

Moderators:

  • Jim Horne, Sustainable Utilities Program Manager, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Wastewater Management
  • Diane Taniguchi-Dennis, General Manager, Clean Water Services

In the first part of this workshop, we will hear from the following panelists:

  • Tressa Nicholas, Technical Support Coordinator WW Program, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
  • Charles Bott, Director, Hampton Roads Sanitation District
  • Christina Montoya, Communications and Marketing Manager, El Paso Water Utilities
  • Kevin Flis, Business Development Manager, Xylem Inc.

After the presentations, workshop participants will engage in small group discussions to identify challenges and reuse workforce needs to understand the roles and related skills/capabilities that need to be in place to ensure a robust and effective (fit for purpose) water reuse program for a community.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm MT

Operating Water Recycling Systems

Join our panel of operators and managers as they explore the state of the water recycling operations workforce at both onsite and centralized systems.

Welcome:
Diane Taniguchi-Dennis, WateReuse Association Treasurer, Chief Executive Officer, Clean Water Services

Moderator:
Andrew Salveson, Water Reuse Practice Director, Carollo Engineers

Panelists

  • Darrell Andrews, Chief Stationary Engineer, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
  • Steve Jackson, Treatment Specialist, Colorado Springs Utilities
  • Joseph Vesey, Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Xylem
  • Cindy Wallis-Lage, President, Black & Veatch’s Water Business

Sponsored by:

2:00 pm MT

Technical Sessions with Live Speaker Availability and Chat

Unless otherwise noted, the Technical Sessions are pre-recorded and available for viewing at your convenience. Join us live at 2:00 pm MT to chat with the presenters in the following groups of sessions:

  • Research Developments in Water Recycling
  • Water Reuse for Industry

3:30 pm MT

Technical Sessions with Live Speaker Availability and Chat

Unless otherwise noted, the Technical Sessions are pre-recorded and available for viewing at your convenience. Join us live at 3:30 pm MT to chat with the presenters in the following groups of sessions:

  • Research Developments in Water Reuse
  • Financing Strategies for Water Reuse

5:00 pm MT

Virtual Social Activities

Select a session of interest from food, cocktail crafting, or games to socialize at the symposium! During each session, Xylem will raffle off a $100 gift card as a thank you for attending.

Sponsored by:

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

8:00 am MT

Morning Plenary with Live Speaker Availability

Welcome
Gilbert Trejo, WateReuse Association President, Chief Technical Officer, El Paso Water

State Regulator Report Out

Envisioning the Future: Water Reuse Charrette
Charrette Objective: Envisioning a future with water reuse:  interactive audience experience exploring how communities, businesses, institutions, farmers and others can begin imagining and constructing a future in which water recycling is a central feature.

Moderator: David Ross, Assistant Administrator for Water, US EPA

Panelists

  • Paul Bowen, Water/Wastewater Manager Supply Chain, CCNA, Coca-Cola
  • Katherine Jashinski, Engineer, Austin Water
  • David Lipsky, Senior Policy Advisor, New York City Department of Environmental Protection

Morning Wrap Up and Afternoon Overview
Craig Lichty, WateReuse Association Vice President, Client Director, Black & Veatch

2:00 pm MT

Technical Sessions with Live Speaker Availability and Chat

Unless otherwise noted, the Technical Sessions are pre-recorded and available for viewing at your convenience. Join us live at 2:00 pm MT to chat with the presenters in the following groups of sessions:

  • Direct Potable Reuse
  • Water Reuse for Agriculture
  • Membrane Bioreactors Technology Trends

3:30 pm MT

Technical Sessions with Live Speaker Availability and Chat

Unless otherwise noted, the Technical Sessions are pre-recorded and available for viewing at your convenience. Join us live at 3:30 pm MT to chat with the presenters in the following groups of sessions:

  • Ozone Treatment Considerations
  • Managing Regional Water Reuse and Desalination Programs

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