News | September 9, 2020

AWWA Virtual Summit To Focus On Utility Management, Public Trust, Innovative Technology

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) today announced the seven session tracks that comprise the technical program of the first-ever AWWA Virtual Summit, which is online Sept. 23-24 and available on-demand to all registered attendees for 30 days after the event.

Early registration prices for the AWWA Virtual Summit are in effect through Sept. 11. Member registration is $195, and non-member registration is $295. Visit the AWWA Virtual Summit event page to register.

Event highlights include:

Fireside Chat with EPA – A discussion moderated by AWWA’s Executive Director of Government Affairs Tracy Mehan, featuring Jennifer McLain from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water and Andrew Sawyers from the EPA Office of Wastewater Management about a wide range of topics, including water infrastructure and the Water Infrastructure Financing and Innovation Act.

The Last Drop, Strengthening Trust in an Era of Mistrust – The event’s closing session features AWWA CEO David LaFrance moderating a conversation between AWWA President Melissa Elliott, water innovator George Hawkins, Susan McCormick from the Great Lakes Water Authority and Seth Siegel, author of Troubled Water: What's Wrong with What We Drink.

On the Nose - See the Nation’s First Water Leak Detection Dog in Action – A session featuring Central Arkansas Water’s dog, Vessel, the country’s first water leak-detecting dog.

Water Sector Leader Forum: New Priorities in a Post-COVID World – A panel discussion moderated by AWWA CEO David LaFrance, featuring a representative from the World Bank, about the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the water sector.

The Dollars and Sense of COVID-19 – A panel discussion about how utilities are balancing the growing number of customers who can’t pay their water bills due to the COVID-19 pandemic while maintaining sustainable finances.

Advancing Water Stewardship to Achieve SDG6 – A panel discussion that explores the broader impacts of industrial water sustainability efforts from perspectives of a municipal water utility, industrial water user and water educator.

The event’s technical program consists of session tracks on the following topics:

  • Transforming Utility Management
  • Strengthening Public Trust
  • Innovation and Technology/Smart Water
  • Advances in Water Treatment
  • Water Quality: Contaminants of Concern
  • Sustainable Water Future
  • Exploring Infrastructure Solutions

Media note: Accredited members of the media may attend the Virtual Summit at no charge. However, they are required to register with AWWA Communications. For media registration, visit AWWA’s Press Room or contact Amber Wilson.

About The American Water Works Association
Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 51,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.

Source: The American Water Works Association (AWWA)