Alexandria, VA — The WateReuse Association, Water Environment Federation, and the American Water Works Association will convene the 26th Annual WateReuse Symposium at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort in Phoenix, AZ on September 11-14. The four day event will provide an exhaustive program covering various aspects of water reuse and desalination, including treatment technologies, the energy–water nexus, planning, operations, economics, water quality, heath effects, education, potable reuse, sustainability, and case studies.
“This year’s Symposium is shaping up to be one of the biggest and best ever,” said WateReuse Association Executive Director Wade Miller. “The level of expertise on water reuse and desalination and the quality of the program is unmatched.”
The keynote address will be delivered by Robert Glennon, who is the author of Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What To Do About It, which was published in 2009 by Island Press. His previous books include the highly-acclaimed Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America’s Fresh Waters (2002). Glennon is the Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy in the Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona.
The opening session will also include presentations from Jeff Eger, the Executive Director of the Water Environment Federation and David LaFrance, the Executive Director of the American Water Works Association.
The program will include more than 100 technical presentations from leading industry experts on topics key to solving critical water supply issues. The program will also include a national legislative and water policy outlook plenary session, an extended session covering ozone applications in water reuse, and a special session highlighting innovative research results from the WateReuse Research Foundation.
Local facility tours will include trips to the Gila River Indian Community Desal Plant and Frito Lay Manufacturing Plant; Scottsdale Water Campus; Global Water Center, USDA Arid Land Agricultural Resource Center, and University of Arizona – Maricopa Agricultural Center; and the Peoria Butler Drive Water Reclamation Facility.
One of the highlights of the conference will be the closing panel discussion entitled “Direct Potable Reuse: Not a Pipe Dream Anymore?” Although indirect potable reuse has been shown to be a necessary, effective, and acceptable means of increasing water supplies in many water-short areas of the world, direct potable reuse remains more controversial. A group of international experts will debate the questions surrounding moving forward to direct potable reuse. The distinguished panelists will be Gary Bickford of ACTEW Corporation, Ellen McDonald of Alan Plummer Associates, George Tchobanoglous of the University of California-Davis, and Rhodes Trussell of Trussell Technologies. Environmental Engineering Consultant Jim Crook will serve as the moderator.
To learn more about the 26th Annual WateReuse Symposium, visit www.watereuse.org/symposium.