Record Breaking Water Reuse Symposium Coming to Denver
The 20th Annual Water Reuse Symposium, to be held September 18-21 at the Grand Hyatt Denver, is expected to be one of the largest Symposia ever. A record 111 technical papers will be presented during the event, whose theme is “Water Reuse & Desalination: Mile High Opportunities.”
The Symposium is likely to attract more than 600 attendees, a substantial increase from last year.
“The tremendous interest in this event underscores the growing need for new sources of high quality water across the United States and around the world,” said Wade Miller, executive director of the WateReuse Association. “The Annual WateReuse Symposium is an excellent opportunity for water agencies, consulting firms, federal and state officials, and equipment vendors to learn about the latest technologies and trends in water reuse and desalination.”
The WateReuse Association’s Annual Symposium is being co-sponsored by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the American Water Works Association (AWWA).
Technical sessions will be devoted to such leading edge and diverse topics as micropollutants, desalination, indirect potable reuse, operational issues, and global water reuse. Interactive forums focusing on user issues and regulatory matters will be held in intimate settings designed to encourage discussion and debate. Attendees will also have the opportunity to tour nearby facilities to see how Denver has put water recycling into action.
Highlighting the importance of water reuse and desalination issues, an array of prominent speakers will address attendees during the Opening Session. The speakers who will be featured on the opening session include Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper; Michael Gabaldon, a senior official in the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation; WEF President Elect J. Michael Read; AWWA President Andy Richardson; and WateReuse Association President Mike Gritzuk.
The annual Legislative Outlook Session will include a unique blend of both national issues and problems specific to the American West. Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs, a popular speaker in many water circles, will be featured along with Erik Webb, staff member to Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM); Dave Akers of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment; and the WateReuse Association’s lobbyist, Eric Sapirstein.
This year’s Symposium will also feature a new session that is sure to be fun and full of spirited debate. “Is Reclaimed Water Safe?” will be moderated by Dr. James Crook, a well known water reuse consultant, and will include a mix of expert panelists from the United States, Australia, and Europe.
Registration slots are still available for the Symposium.