SAN FRANCISCO —  Smart H2O Summit has announced the preliminary line-up of sessions and speakers for its robust Conference Program taking place August 17-19 at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco.

Featuring the leading experts from utilities and municipalities who are championing the technology revolution and the suppliers developing the innovative systems and solutions, the three-day conference will focus on water and sewer infrastructure, long-term water supply and reuse, desalination, financing for capital improvements, the impact of big data, and public understanding of water resources, systems and services.

“It is very difficult for municipalities to keep up with constantly changing technologies and its even more challenging to create an innovative culture that is ready to embrace new trends and get projects financed,” said John Pearson, Conference Program Co-chair. “We created Smart H2O Summit to provide utilities and other municipal water stewards with a unique environment to explore the opportunities and limits of new technologies of all kinds.”

Pearson added that senior management will have the opportunity to network in special sessions, including panels on how to create innovation in utilities, future water pricing strategies, financing the changes needed in the network and managing the public perceptions of new technologies.

“The Smart H2O Summit will be a learning experience like no other in the water conservation marketplace,” said Sebastian Bizzari, Conference Co-chair. “In addition to the insightful Conference sessions, Smart H2O Summit will feature thought-provoking keynotes from publicly and privately owned utilities, a ‘best-practices’ tour to a local water utility and a Hackathon on how to use data to improve performance.”

The preliminary Conference Program as of April 30, 2015, is outlined below. New sessions are still being finalized.

 

August 17, 2015

EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT TRACK: FINANCING CHANGE, PROVING ROI, WATER PRICING STRATEGIES, and CHANGING WATER HABITS

  • Peter Yolles/WaterSmart Software – Demand Management for Greater Financial Control
  • David Berg/Cameron Engineering – New Approaches Needed to Finance and Treat Wastewater in Coastal Suburbs
  • Richard Restuccia/Jain Irrigation – Changing Water Use Habits Through Social Media

USING BIG DATA, SMART METERS, AND NEW FORMS OF COMMUNICATION TO IMPROVE THE EFFICIENCY OF THE WATER NETWORK – SESSION 1

  • Trevor Hill/FATHOM – Utility Alchemy: Increasing Revenue While Decreasing Demand
  • David Clements/Banyan Water – Shrinking Water Resources, Growing Technology Needs

 

August 18, 2015

EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT TRACK: SUSTAINABILITY

  • Bobbi Harris/Smart Water, Smart City – Integrated Water Policies in Smart Cities
  • Jim Lauria/Mazzei – Industrial Watershed Management: Using Smart Technology as a Tool for Business Resiliency

EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT TRACK: NON-REVENUE WATER

  • Ryan Carnathan/Sensus – Don't Flush Your Revenue! How to Maximize Emerging Technologies and Minimize Non-Revenue Water
  • Chuck Hansen/Electro Scan Inc. – Innovative Leak Detection Technology Brings Paradigm Shift to Locating & Measuring Water Loss

USING BIG DATA, SMART METERS, AND NEW FORMS OF COMMUNICATION TO IMPROVE THE EFFICIENCY OF THE WATER NETWORK – SESSION 2

  • Amir Peleg/TaKaDu – Big Data in the Water Sector: Integrated Water Network Management
  • Chuck Brunson/Neptune Technology Group – The Technology Treadmill: How to Get On Without Falling
  • Don Smith/City of Folsom – Home Water Management 2.0

DESALINATION, LIMITS AND OPPORTUNITIES

  • Herre Rost van Tonningen/Solteq Energy – Wind Driven Desalination

WATER RECYCLING AND REUSE

  • Paula Kehoe/SFPUC – Changing the Water Management Paradigm with Onsite Water Systems
  • Robert O'Donnell & Frank Ladd/Aquanomix – The Art of Water Reuse and Optimization in a World of Diminishing Water Supply
  • Carl Thompson/Infiltrator Systems, Inc. – Increasing Distributed Wastewater Recycling to Mitigate Groundwater Depletion in California
  • Noah Hume/Stillwater Sciences – Balancing Wildlife Habitat and Water Supply Opportunities in the Santa Clara River Estuary

WATER QUALITY MEETS HIGH TECH

  • Peter Fiske/PAX Water Technologies – Smart Tank: Turning Dumb Water Storage Tanks Into Active Water Treatment Systems

 

August 19, 2015

EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT TRACK: INNOVATION ROUNDTABLE

  • Bill Kelly/Isle Inc. – Innovation Through Collaboration: A Panel Discussion

USING BIG DATA, SMART METERS, AND NEW FORMS OF COMMUNICATION TO IMPROVE THE EFFICIENCY OF THE WATER NETWORK – SESSION 3

  • Morrice Blackwell/Badger Meter – How Is Technology Changing the Water Utility Industry?

MANAGING PUBLIC PERCEPTIONS OF SMART WATER INNOVATION

  • Heather Pohl & Alison Kastama/SFPUC – Do's and Don'ts For Sharing Good Automated Water Meter Data with Customers

Registration is now open at http://www.smarth2osummit.com/register-1.html. Companies interested in exhibiting or sponsoring the inaugural event should contact Jane McDermott, jmdermott@smarthh2osummit.com, 415.688.4488, ext. 102.

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About Smart H2O Summit

Smart H2O Water Summit was created to help communities and select business sectors solve their critical water infrastructure challenges through innovative new global technologies and solutions.

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