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2022 California Annual Conference

Schedule at a Glance

A schedule at-a-glance of what to expect from the 2022 WateReuse California Symposium. for the complete program click here.

September 11

12:00 pm

Registration Opens

Panels and technical sessions run throughout Sunday afternoon.

12:00 pm

Tour: Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center

Bus leaves from the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero in San Francisco

The SVAWPC located in San José is the largest advanced water purification plant in northern California, capable of purifying up to 8 million gallons of treated wastewater per day. In full operation since 2014, the facility has helped expand water reuse in Santa Clara County. In collaboration with project partners, Valley Water is exploring opportunities to use highly purified water to augment local drinking water supplies, ensuring a reliable, clean, and safe water supply for the future.

5:30 pm

Welcome Reception

Join your colleagues for a glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres and celebrate this opportunity to come together in person!

September 12

8:30 – 9:30 am

Opening Session


  • Paul Sciuto, President, WateReuse California
  • Dennis Herrera, General Manager, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
  • Dr. David Sedlak, Author, Co-Director of Berkeley Water Center

A continental breakfast will be served. The exhibit hall will be open before the program begins. Panels and technical sessions run throughout Monday.

9:30 – 11:00 am

Panel: Multi-Agency Potable Reuse: It’s a Marathon, not a Sprint

Moderator: Dawn Taffler, Client Director and Vice President, Kennedy Jenks
Seven Bay Area entities — BAWSCA, Cal Water, SFPUC, Redwood City, MPWD, the City of San Mateo, and SVCW — have joined forces to develop the collaborative, multi-year SF-Peninsula Regional PureWater Program. In the face of a changing climate, these water and wastewater players recognize that potable water reuse will only be possible when they work together. The panel discussion will cover the drivers that led them to explore a regional potable reuse project starting in 2016, how collaboration steered the group towards preferred project, and what the future holds for potable reuse in the Bay Area. Hint: it’s a marathon, not a sprint!

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Panel: Soup to Nuts of Delivering IPR/DPR Projects – Lessons Learned and Pun Intended

Moderator: Jeff Neemann, Area Director, Black and Veatch
A panel of experts who have undergone the full cycle of delivering IPR/DPR projects using a variety of delivery methods. You will hear perspectives from owners, engineers, and contractors that have completed traditional and alternative delivery projects, and owners that are working on design build, P3, and traditional delivery methods to keep the water flowing in California. 

12:30 – 2:00 pm

California Awards of Excellence Luncheon

Join us in recognizing agencies, customers, and individuals that have demonstrated exceptional leadership in advancing water recycling in California. 

2:30 – 4:00 pm

Can Reuse Take the Doubt Out of the Current Drought?!

Moderator: Rich Nagel, Vice President, Jacobs
Executives from agencies in Northern and Southern California will discuss the effects of – and their responses to – the current mega-drought. Panelists will explain how water reuse plays a vital role in their plans for curbing the drought’s worst impacts.

5:30 pm

President’s Reception

Join us in recognizing agencies, customers, and individuals that have demonstrated exceptional leadership in advancing water recycling in California. Overlooking the Embarcadero in San Francisco, along the city’s eastern shoreline, attendees will enjoy sharing the beautiful view.  This area of the city features restaurants, gourmet shops, science exhibits and much more.

September 13

7:30 am –
8:30 am

WateReuse International Committee Meeting

Jacobs SF Office
4 Embarcadero Center, Suite 3800 | San Francisco, CA

Please RSVP by Thursday, September 8 using this link: https://watereuse.org/international-committee-meeting/

8:00 am

Breakfast with the Exhibitors

This year’s Conference will feature an exclusive breakfast with the exhibitors.  Attendees will visit and break bread with various companies while having much needed discussions about the products and services they provide.

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Gordon Cologne Plenary Session

WateReuse California business meeting. Attendees will learn about new state funding for recycled water and legislative and other initiatives at this much anticipated session.

Panels and technical sessions run throughout Tuesday afternoon.

12:00 pm


12:30 pm
1:30 pm

Tuesday Plenary Panel Discussion

A Water-Resilient California: How policies, partnerships, regulations, and science can lead the way towards a resilient water supply

Chris Austin, otherwise known as Maven, will lead an outstanding group of panelists discussing the future of water reuse as a key component of California’s water supply portfolio. The panelists will provide a perspective of what is the future of water supplies in the Western States in the face of climate change, investments needed to increase drought resiliency and reduce reliance on declining water sources, particularly the Colorado Basin, and how California’s regulations and policies are leading the way for water reuse.

Moderator: Chris Austin, Maven’s Notebook


  • Sean Maguire, Board Member, State Water Resources Control Board
  • Dr. Newsha Ajami, Chief Development Officer for Research, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
  • Nancy Vogel, Deputy Secretary of Water, California Natural Resources Agency

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