BOSTON – The American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) Annual Conference & Exposition (ACE14) kicked off yesterday in the historic city of Boston.

In addition to exhibition hours, which included three hours yesterday at the Boston Convention and Exposition Center, AWWA has yet another impressive event in store for this week until Thursday, June 12, which is when ACE14 concludes.

This morning at the Opening General Session, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani provided the keynote address and discussed water infrastructure and other important issues regarding our nation’s water.  

“Mayor Giuliani understands from his unique experience the critical role that our water systems — and those who build and care for them — play in the health and safety of our communities,” said AWWA Chief Executive Officer David LaFrance. “His presence at the ACE14 opening general session underscores the importance of the work water professionals accomplish 24/7, every day of the year.”    

According to an AWWA press release, the goal of ACE14 is to address timely topics and solutions for global water professionals.

The event, stated the press release, will provide attendees with the opportunity to take advantage of more than 550 presentations from leading industry experts.

AWWA estimates that approximately 11,000 water professionals will attend this year’s conference, which is the longest running water conference in the world, having first convened in 1881, according to a press release.  

Attendees also have networking and educational opportunities available to them, added the release, including poster sessions, competitions, Innovation Pavilion, job fair and much more.  

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