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37th Annual WateReuse Symposium Program

No matter where you are on your water reuse journey, the 37th Annual WateReuse Symposium will connect you with peers and help you take the next step. The Symposium’s fresh new format organizes technical sessions by project life cycle phases, tailoring content for you whether you’re just beginning to build public support, piloting new technologies, or are already reusing water in your community.

The program includes plenary sessions and panels to help you plan for the future, as well as six concurrent tracks of technical sessions that explore research, planning, technology, policy, and communications. Technical sessions are presented by topic and project lifecycle phase: Conceptual, Planning, Design and Construction, Implementation or Operation.

Schedule at a Glance

Sunday, March 6, 2022

Morning Tours

Tours of local water recycling facilities

1 pm – 5 pm

Symposium Workshops and Forums

Water Reuse 101

A boot camp for new water reuse professionals on topics including technology, policy, and public perception.

WateReuse Texas Section Showcase

Network with WateReuse Texas and learn about innovations in water reuse around the state.

Developing a Nationwide Water Reuse Research Roadmap

Interactive session from the Water Research Foundation reviewing completed and in-progress water reuse research and developing future research topics. Topics developed will be incorporated into the Water Research Foundation’s future project planning and used in support of the Water Reuse Action Plan’s research strategy (WRAP 7.2).

5:30 pm –
7 pm

Welcome Reception: Welcome to Texas

Co-Presented by WateReuse Texas

A networking reception and celebration of our accomplishments hosted in the WateReuse Exhibit Hall at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter.

Monday, March 7, 2022

8 am –
10 am

Opening General Session

Light Breakfast and Welcome

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

Keynote Presentation

  • The Honorable Tanya Trujillo
    Assistant Secretary for Water and Science
    United States Department of the Interior

    Assistant Secretary Trujillo oversees the U.S. Geological Survey and Bureau of Reclamation and leads the Interior Department’s efforts to address the country’s worsening drought conditions. She is a water lawyer with more than 20 years of experience working on complex natural resources management issues.

Water Reuse and Integrated Planning – The San Antonio Story: Exploring the Drivers, Benefits, and Challenges of a One Water Strategy

A panel discussion of the unique nature of San Antonio’s management of its water resources whereby multiple government and private sector entities work together. Panelists to include:

  • Nefi Garza, Assistant Director of Public Works, City of San Antonio
  • Erika Crespo, Assistant Deputy Director of Water Quality, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
  • Gregg Eckhardt, Senior Analyst, San Antonio Water System (invited)
  • San Antonio River Authority (invited)

Sponsored by:

10:30 am – 12 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. See session topics.

12 pm –
1:30 pm

Luncheon Plenary Session

WateReuse Annual Business Meeting

  • Welcome – Craig W. Lichty P.E., Vice President, Client Director, Black & Veatch, WateReuse President
  • State of the Association, Patricia Sinicropi, Executive Director, WateReuse Association

Different Drivers, Different Strategy: Water Reuse in New Places

A panel discussion of the emerging role of water recycling in new geographies and new industrial sectors. Panelists include:

  • Facilitator: Karen Pallansch, Chief Executive Officer, Alexandria Renew Enterprises
  • Jeff Glass, Diretor of Public Works, City of Westminster, Maryland (invited)
  • Brian Perkovitch, Executive Director, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (invited)
  • Greg Goodwin, Applied Research Consultant, Bluefield Research
  • David Niesse, Technical Services Officer, ReWa – Renewable Water Resources, South Carolina
  • Samsung (invited)
  • Rusty Smith, Director of the Texas Produced Water Consortium

1:45 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. See session topics.

5:30 pm 6:30 pm

Young Professionals Charting the Future of Water Reuse

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

7:30 am
9 am

Breakfast Plenary Session

Annual WateReuse Awards for Excellence

  • B Narayanan, President and CEO, Carollo Engineers, WateReuse Board of Directors
  • Craig W. Lichty P.E., Vice President, Client Director, Black & Veatch, WateReuse President

Sponsored by:

Water Reuse Leaders Panel

A panel discussion of the future economy of water recycling from the perspective of private sector leaders. Panelists include:

  • Patrick Decker, President and Chief Executive Officer, Xylem, Inc. (invited)
  • B Narayanan, President and CEO, Carollo Engineers (invited)
  • Heather Polinsky, PMP, F. SAME, Global President, Resilience, Arcadis (invited)
  • Beverly Stinson, Executive Vice President, Global Water Business Line Leader, AECOM
  • Cindy Wallis-Lage, Executive Director, Black & Veatch

9 am –
10 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. See session topics.

10 am –
10:30 am

Networking Break

10:30 am –
12 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. See session topics.

Workshop: Reuse in unexpected ways and places
Advancing innovation and reuse opportunities

  • Facilitator: Melanie Holmer, Water Reuse Leader, Brown & Caldwell
  • City of Boise (invited)
  • Varsha Wylie, Principal Process Engineer, Southern Water (United Kingdom)
  • Rene Heflin, Plant Engineering Manager, Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (Minnesota)

Sponsored by:

12 pm –
1 pm

Luncheon Panel

Onsite Water Reuse Systems Showcase: Building-Scale Innovation that Benefits the Entire Community

A discussion of the emerging role of onsite systems as a tool in urban planning. Panelists include:

  • Facilitator: Greta Zornes, Principal, Water Reuse, CDM Smith
  • Robert Stefani, Conservation Program Specialist, Austin Water (invited)
  • Pinar Balci, Assistant Commissioner for Bureau of Environmental Planning and Analysis, New York City Department of Environmental Protection (invited)
  • Zach F. Gallagher, PE, LEED AP, President & COO, Natural Systems Utilities
  • Jason Mitchell, Director of Department of Public Works, City of Baltimore (invited)
  • Bob Salvatelli, Director of Business Development, Sustainable Water
  • Drew Wenzel, Real Estate Development Executive at Google

1:30 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. See session topics.

One Water – One Bright Future

  • Facilitator: Ufuk Erdal, Senior Vice President and Water Reuse National Technology Director, Arcadis
  • David Pedersen, General Manager, Las Virgenes Municipal Water District
  • Sharon Citino, Planning Director, Houston Water
  • Hubertus Cox, Water Recycling Implementation Division Manager, Los Angeles Sanitation & Environment
  • Lauren Zuravnsky, Chief of Design and Construction, SWIFT at Hampton Roads Sanitation District

Sponsored by:

Water Reuse 101 Workshop

Did you miss Reuse 101 on Sunday? Join us Tuesday afternoon for a second offering of our boot camp for new water reuse professionals on topics including technology, policy, and public perception.

Sponsored by:

6:30 pm –
9:30 pm

An Evening at Knibbe Ranch

Experience the real Texas with your WateReuse colleagues! Founded in 1852, this scenic ranch has been in the Knibbe Family for over a century. Join us for fresh air, fun, and networking!

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

8 am – 9 am

Breakfast Plenary Session

Welcome

  • Bart Weiss, Chief Officer, Innovation and Resiliency, Hillsborough County Public Utilities (Florida), and Vice President, WateReuse Board of Directors (invited)

Panel: The Federal Government’s Role in Promoting Reuse

A panel of federal agency representatives discussing federal funding, research, priorities, and opportunities to improve water resilience. Panelists include:

  • Sharon Nappier, National Program Leader for Water Reuse, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Johnathan Yoder, Water Preparedness and Response, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Clinton Williams, US Arid-Land Agricultural Research Center, Department of Agriculture
  • Amanda Erath, Program Coordinator, Bureau of Reclamation (invited)
  • Kenneth Kort, Technology Manager, Department of Energy (invited)
  • Martin Page, Operational Water Research Team Leader, Department of Defense (invited)

9 am – 9:30 am

Report Out: National Collaboration on State Regulations – Annual Regulator Summit

Highlights and insights from the State Regulatory Summit

9:50 am – 10:30 am

Reuse in the One Water Research Portfolio

  • Peter Grevatt, Chief Executive Officer, The Water Research Foundation

Presented by:

10:40 am – 11:40 am

Running Towards the Hard Topics: Capturing and Communicating the Resiliency and Equity Value of Water Reuse

A discussion of the challenges of changing climate and ensuring equity and resilience. Panelists to include:

  • Facilitator:  H.G. Chissell, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Advanced Energy Group (invited)
  • Steven Clouse, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, San Antonio Water System
  • Paul Kerr, Supply Chain Facilities Engineer, Global Supplier Management, Intel Corp
  • NASA (invited)
  • Deven Upadhyay, Chief Operating Officer and Assistant General Manager, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

11:40 am – 11:45 am

Closing

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

Take a Peek at Our Last Symposium

In March 2021, the WateReuse Association convened the virtual 36th Annual WateReuse Symposium, which included live roundtable discussions with facilitated breakout sessions. A series of summary white papers were produced to capture the discussions.

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