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WateReuse California Hosts Successful Conference

Nearly 600 people participated in the 2021 WateReuse California Annual Conference September 19-21, including more than 400 people that attended the hybrid event in person in Los Angeles. California’s recycled water community came together to learn, network, and discover the latest trends. In a moment of fun, Southern California took their first win in a Family Feud competition that featured questions on water recycling. 

2021 WateReuse California Annual Conference

September 19-21, 2021

Education and Networking

The in-person program included 48 technical sessions, seven panel presentations, two tours, and many networking opportunities. For those who didn’t wish to attend in person, all major sessions were simulcast and each technical session was available on the virtual conference platform.

Opening Session

Welcome Remarks

Paul Sciuto
President, WateReuse California

After coming on as Deputy General Manager of Monterey One Water in September 2014, Paul Sciuto took over as General Manager in June 2015 and has been key to strengthening and maximizing the Agency’s commitment to the community. Under his leadership, Monterey One Water moved to modernize, increase efficiency and accountability, and promote new and innovative thinking. Paul has worked in the potable water, wastewater, and recycled water sectors for more than 30 years.

Keynote Speaker

E. Joaquin Esquivel
Water Board Chair

E. Joaquin Esquivel was appointed to the State Water Resources Control Board by Governor Jerry Brown in March 2017 and designated by Governor Gavin Newsom as Chair in February 2019. Previously, he served as Assistant Secretary for federal water policy at the California Natural Resources Agency in the Governor’s Washington, D.C. office, where he facilitated the development of policy priorities between the agency, the Governor’s Office, the California Congressional delegation, and federal stakeholder agencies.

Opening Session Speaker

Brian Fuchs
Climatologist, US Drought Monitor

Brian Fuchs is a faculty member and climatologist for the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) at the University of Nebraska, focused on drought related issues and research projects. Brian oversees the Monitoring Program Area and research related to mitigation, risk assessment, monitoring, impact, and reporting of drought.  He is one of the lead  authors for the United States Drought Monitor and the North American Drought Monitor. 

Tuesday Plenary Panel

Networking Events

Awards Luncheon

Monday, September 20, 12 pm

Join us for a presentation of the California Awards of Excellence as WateReuse California recognizes agencies, customers, and individuals that have demonstrated exceptional leadership in advancing water recycling in California. 

President’s Reception

Monday, September 20, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Join us as we are roll out the red carpet for a Hollywood-style, poolside President’s Reception.

Gordon Cologne Breakfast

Tuesday, September 21, 8:00 – 9:30 am

The Gordon Cologne Breakfast honors exceptional water reuse advocacy in the state. We will also present the WateReuse California Family Feud North v. South – Grudge Match!  Can Team South pull it off this year?!

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