Sessions List

WaterSmart Innovations 2021 Sessions

At WaterSmart Innovations, you'll have an opportunity to hear perspectives from speakers from around the globe and across the country, each willing to share their fresh, unique points of view based on their first-hand experiences in water efficient programs, policies and practices.

Building a schedule will be done in the conference app, closer to the conference dates. All conference attendees will be sent information on how to access the conference app at a later date.

Please note - the schedule, presenters and topics listed here are subject to change. Check back often for the most up-to-date schedule or sign-up for e-mail updates.

Sessions for 2021

ID
Time/Room
Name
Speaker
PW1
8:00am - 9:00am
Napa A&B
The Adiabatic Alternative, A Smart Way to Cool and Save
Jerry Petit, NIMBUS
W-1
1:00pm - 1:30pm
Sonoma A
Bay Area QWEL Becomes a Model for Online Workforce Training - Lisa Cuellar, California Water Efficiency Partnership (PDF)
Lisa Cuellar, California Water Efficiency Partnership
Andrew Florendo, Solano County Water Agency
W-2
1:00pm - 1:30pm
Sonoma B
Breaking through Barriers to Turf Replacement on Large Landscapes - Megan Chery, Environmental Incentives (PDF)
Chad Praul, Environmental Incentives
Joni German, San Diego County Water Authority
W-3
1:00pm - 1:30pm
Sonoma C
Remote Desk-top Analysis of Water Consumption to Enforce Outdoor Watering Restrictions - Juliana Castiblanco, City of Henderson, NV (PDF)
Juliana Castiblanco, City of Henderson, NV
W-4
1:00pm - 1:30pm
Sonoma D
Preparing for the Future of Water Loss in Southern Nevada - Drew Blackwell, Cavanaugh Solutions (PDF)
Drew Blackwell, Cavanaugh & Associates
W-5
1:00pm - 1:30pm
Napa A&B
Maps & Micro-Targeting: How to Broaden the Residential Program Base - Jacob Loukeh, City of Chino Hills (PDF)
Jacob Loukeh, City of Chino Hills
W-6
1:00pm - 1:30pm
Napa C&D
Employee Engagement in the Virtual Age - Lily Lopez, Walnut Valley Water District (PDF)
Lily Lopez, Walnut Valley Water District
W-7
1:40pm - 2:10pm
Sonoma A
Where Are the Applications? - Changing Characteristics of Rebate Program Participants in Austin over 10-years - Christopher Charles,Austin Water Utility (PDF)
Christopher Charles, Austin Water Utility
W-8
1:40pm - 2:10pm
Sonoma B
Encouraging Adoption of Sustainable Landscapes Among CII Customers - Sonali Abraham, Pacific Institute (PDF)
Sonali Abraham, Pacific Institute
W-9
1:40pm - 2:10pm
Sonoma C
Identifying Water Use Outliers Through NAICS Coding, Geo Coding and Benchmarking of Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Customers - Eddie Wilcut, Plumber Associates Inc. (PDF)
Eddie Wilcut, Plumber Associates Inc.
W-10
1:40pm - 2:10pm
Sonoma D
Working with Stakeholder Groups: A Survival Guide  (PDF)
W-11
1:40pm - 2:10pm
Napa A&B
“Watercloud”: Building a Digital Presence through Virtual Resources and Partnerships - Christian Delgado, Phoenix Public Works (PDF)
Christian Delgado, Phoenix Water Services
W-12
1:40pm - 2:10pm
Napa C&D
The Alliance for Water Efficiency’s Cooling Technology Study - William Christiansen, Alliance for Water Efficiency (PDF)
William Christiansen, Alliance for Water Efficiency
W-13
3:15pm - 3:45pm
Sonoma A
Targeting Future Conservation Efforts - Drew Bost, EKI Environment and Water (PDF)
Drew Bost, EKI Environment and Water
W-14
3:15pm - 3:45pm
Sonoma B
QWEL/WMCP Hybrid Landscaper Certification Program: One Class, Two Certifications, and Multiple Benefits - Krista Guerrero, Metropolitian Water District of Southern California (PDF)
Krista Guerrero, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
W-15
3:15pm - 3:45pm
Sonoma C
What Happens to Irrigation Controllers When They Are Discarded? - Warren Gorowitz, Hunter Industries (PDF)
Warren Gorowitz, Hunter Industries
W-16
3:15pm - 3:45pm
Sonoma D
Four Years of CA Water Loss: Examining Validated Audit Submissions - Jessica Jagdeo, Water Systems Optimization (PDF)
Jessica Jagdeo, Water Systems Optimization
W-17
3:15pm - 3:45pm
Napa A&B
Evolving Water Efficiency to An Operational Mindset  (PDF)
Annikki Chamberlain, Mimir Water
Frank Burns, Mimir Water Inc.
W-18
3:15pm - 3:45pm
Napa C&D
Sharing Our Environmental Education Team’s Virtual "Renaissance" - Katie Masucci, City of Plano, TX (PDF)
Katie Masucci, City of Plano, TX
W-19
3:55pm - 4:25pm
Sonoma A
Stacked Water Incentives: Co-Funding Multi-Benefit Incentive Programs - Sarah Diringer, Pacific Institute (PDF)
Sonali Abraham, Pacific Institute
W-20
3:55pm - 4:25pm
Sonoma B
Landscape Trends: Reducing Water while Growing Food for People and Pollinators  (PDF)
W-21
3:55pm - 4:25pm
Sonoma C
Unifying Water Buckets with Knowledge -- Improving Water Quality & Water Conservation - Stacie Minson, Kansas State University & Holly Dickman, City of Hays (PDF)
Stacie Minson, Kansas State University
Holly Dickman, City of Hays
W-22
3:55pm - 4:25pm
Sonoma D
Climbing the Second Mountain: Colorado’s Statewide Water Loss Program Ascends to New Heights - Tory Wagoner, Cavanaugh Solutions (PDF)
Tory Wagoner, Cavanaugh Solutions
W-23
3:55pm - 4:25pm
Napa A&B
Help Stop the Leak Brothers! - Greg Bundesen,Sacramento Suburban Water District (PDF)
Greg Bundesen, Sacramento Suburban Water District
W-24
3:55pm - 4:25pm
Napa C&D
The Green Premium of Water Recycling - Ben Arnold, Aquacell Systems (PDF)
Ben Arnold, Aquacell Systems
W-25
4:35pm - 5:05pm
Sonoma A
Commercial Water Audits in Drought - using AMI and Leak alerts to get savings! (PDF)
Michelle Maddaus, Maddaus Water Management Inc.
W-26
4:35pm - 5:05pm
Sonoma B
Declining Outdoor Water Demand: Impacts of Changing Tastes and Preferences - Gary Woodard, Water Policy and Economics Consultant (PDF)
Gary Woodard, Water Policy and Economics Consultant
W-27
4:35pm - 5:05pm
Sonoma C
The Impact of Water Conservation and Reuse Codes and Programs on Future Water Supply and Cost - Bill Hoffman (PDF)
Bill Hoffman, H.W. Hoffman & Associates
W-28
4:35pm - 5:05pm
Sonoma D
The 4 A’s of Water Accountability - Meena Sankaran, KETOS Inc. (PDF)
Meena Sankaran, KETOS Inc.
W-29
4:35pm - 5:05pm
Napa A&B
We're California Friendly Plants: Grassroots Marketing in a Virtual World (PDF)
Krista Guerrero, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
W-30
4:35pm - 5:05pm
Napa C&D
Playing the Field: Next-Generation Data and Planning to Boost Conservation Program Success - Shavonne Mays, Moulton Niguel Water District (PDF)
Shavonne Turner, San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District
Maureen Erbeznik, Maureen Erbeznik & Associates
W-31
5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Grand Ballroom B
Alliance for Water Efficiency Plenary and Reception in Honor of Mary Ann Dickinson
ID
Time/Room
Name
Speaker
PTH1
7:45am - 8:50am
Napa C&D
End-Use Data: What is it Good For? Using Data to Inform Policy and Planning
Joe Berg, Municipal Water District of Orange County
Carrie Pollard, Marin Water
Sarah Musiker, Flume Water
Peter Mayer, Water Demand Management
Joe Fazio, Flume
PTH2
8:00am - 8:50am
Napa A&B
Water: The Climate of Change
Brad Wardle, Orbit Irrigation
TH-1
9:00am - 9:30am
Sonoma A
Fixing Leaks for Affordability - Penny Milton, Portland Water Bureau  (PDF)
Penny Milton, Portland Water Bureau
Lance Eicher, City of Sacramento
Jeffrey Petersen, Eugene Water & Electric Board
TH-2
9:00am - 9:30am
Sonoma B
Using AMI Data to Identify Commercial Mixed-use Meters - Lindsey Stuvick & Melissa Salazar, Moulton Niguel Water District (PDF)
Lindsey Stuvick, Moulton Niguel Water District
Melissa Salazar, Moulton Niguel Water District
TH-3
9:00am - 9:30am
Sonoma C
Impacts of Real-Time Monitoring on Adaptive Capacity: Lessons from a Communally Managed Irrigation Network in Northern New Mexico, USA (PDF)
Lily Conrad, New Mexico State University
TH-4
9:00am - 9:30am
Sonoma D
California's Groundbreaking Water Loss Regulation & System Specific Targets - Kris Williams, Water System Optimization (PDF)
Kris Williams, Water System Optimization
TH-5
9:00am - 9:30am
Napa A&B
How AMI Data can be your Golden Ticket to Improving your Communication Strategy -  (PDF)
Laurie Loftin, Athens-Clarke County Unified Government
Craig McCandless, Vertexone
TH-6
9:00am - 9:30am
Napa C&D
Meter to Parcel Project - Enrique Zanetti, Irvine Ranch Water District (PDF)
Enrique Zanetti, Irvine Ranch Water District
TH-7
9:40am - 10:10am
Sonoma A
Sustainability and Landscape Irrigation - John Farner, Netafim (PDF)
John Farner, Netafim
TH-8
9:40am - 10:10am
Sonoma B
Water Shortage Response Planning – a Recipe for Resiliency - Mariel Miller, City of Fort Collins, CO (PDF)
Mariel Miller, City of Fort Collins, CO
TH-9
9:40am - 10:10am
Sonoma C
Financial Implications of COVID-19 for Public Water Systems in Wisconsin (PDF)
Francesca Sanchez, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
TH-10
9:40am - 10:10am
Sonoma D
The Texas Water Loss Audit Validation Study: Results from the 2020 Water Loss Audit Validations - Daniel Rice, Texas Water Development Board (PDF)
D. Daniel Rice, Texas Water Development Board
TH-11
9:40am - 10:10am
Napa A&B
Meet Your NatureScape Neighbors – Virtually Touring Beautiful, Native Gardens - Elaina Hurst, Moulton Niguel Water District (PDF)
Elaina Hurst, Moulton Niguel Water District
TH-12
9:40am - 10:10am
Napa C&D
Increasing Confidence into Your Water Shortage Contingency Plans - Susan Xie, EKI Environment and Water (PDF)
Susan Xie, EKI Environment & Water, Inc.
TH-13
10:20am - 10:50am
Sonoma A
WaterSense V2.0: Introducing Additional Flexibility and Water-Efficiency Options - Olga Cano, US EPA (PDF)
Olga Cano, US EPA
Toby Bickmore, Southern Nevada Water Authority
Kent Sovocool, SNWA
TH-14
10:20am - 10:50am
Sonoma B
How Metering Best Practices Can Promote Conservation Before, and After the Meter - James Smith, Xylem Inc. (PDF)
James Smith, Xylem Inc.
TH-15
10:20am - 10:50am
Sonoma C
My Drop Counts Water Conservation Campaign: Initiatives and Successes - Sarah Skinner, Atlanta Regional Commission (PDF)
Sarah Skinner, Atlanta Regional Commission
TH-16
10:20am - 10:50am
Sonoma D
The Data Grading Matrix Reloaded: Fresh Insights from AWWA’s Water Auditing Tools - Will Jernigan, Cavanaugh Solutions (PDF)
Will Jernigan, Cavanaugh Solutions
TH-17
10:20am - 10:50am
Napa A&B
AM-I Missing Outreach Opportunities Using Meter Data and Customer Portals? Lessons Learned Trying to Equitably Reach Students and Families. - Nathan Conroy, STEMhero LLC (PDF)
Nate Conroy, STEMhero
TH-18
10:20am - 10:50pm
Napa C&D
Multi-Family Water Use Patterns in Tucson, AZ and Beyond (PDF)
Jaimie Galayda, City of Tucson Water
TH-19
11:00am - 11:30am
Sonoma A
Unlikely Alliances: Public-private Partnership to Advance Water Conservation in Low-income Housing - Cora Kammeyer, Pacific Institute (PDF)
Heather Cooley, Pacific Institute
Cora Kammeyer, Pacific Institute
Nick Benz, Sensor Industries, Corp.
Gary Tilkian, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
TH-20
11:00am - 11:30am
Sonoma B
Creating a Cultural Shift to Breaking the Water Bottle Habit (PDF)
Jose Martinez, Valley County Water District
TH-21
11:00am - 11:30am
Sonoma C
Education Programs During A Pandemic: Thinking Inside A Box - Jackie Sherry, Athens-Clarke County, GA (PDF)
Jackie Sherry, Athens-Clarke County, GA
Laurie Loftin, Athens-Clarke County Unified Government
TH-22
11:00am - 11:30am
Sonoma D
Next Generation Water Loss Tracking and Compliance Management (PDF)
Amit Sharma, AQUATRAX
TH-23
11:00am - 11:30am
Napa A&B
Working with the Media to Expand Outreach and Education - Daniel Cunningham & Patrick Dickinson, Rooted Inc. (PDF)
TH-24
11:00am - 11:30am
Napa C&D
Evaluating Water Affordability and the Impact of Water Conservation on Water Bills at the Census Tract Level in Long Beach, California - William Christiansen, Alliance for Water Efficiency (PDF)
Bill Christiansen, Alliance for Water Efficiency
TH-25
2:15pm - 2:45pm
Sonoma A
Has COVID Changed Indoor Water Use Forever? - Sarah Musiker, Flume Water
Sarah Musiker, Flume Water
TH-26
2:15pm - 2:45pm
Sonoma B
Impacts of the Covid-19 Pandemic on 2020 Water Use and Beyond  (PDF)
Margaret Laporte, Laporte ManageWater Consulting, Inc.
TH-27
2:15pm - 2:45pm
Sonoma C
Developing a Regional Hydro-economic Model to Simulate Human-Crop-Stream-Aquifer Dynamics in the Ogallala Aquifer Region (PDF)
Soheil Nozari, Colorado State University
TH-28
2:15pm - 2:45pm
Sonoma D
Survey Says: Results of the 2021 AWWA TEC Survey of Governmental Water Loss Policies - Steve Cavanaugh, Cavanaugh Solutions (PDF)
Will Jernigan, Cavanaugh Solutions
TH-29
2:15pm - 2:45pm
Napa A&B
Smart Meter Water and Electric Customer Profile Study  (PDF)
TH-30
2:15pm - 2:45pm
Napa C&D
Plumbing Resiliency: Balancing Sustainability with Public Health and Safety (PDF)
TH-31
2:55pm - 3:25pm
Sonoma A
Innovative Technologies and Software to Manage Outdoor Water Conservation Efforts  (PDF)
Wayne Tate, Eagle Aerial Solutions
Jazmine Molloy, Eagle Aerial Solutions
TH-32
2:55pm - 3:25pm
Sonoma B
Alliance for Water Efficiency Residential Water Use Calculator: Helping Consumers Accurately Measure Their Water Use and Become More Efficient - Mary Ann Dickinson, Alliance for Water Efficiency (PDF)
Mary Ann Dickinson, Alliance for Water Efficiency
TH-33
2:55pm - 3:25pm
Sonoma C
Comparative Techno-Economic and Environmental Assessment of Ozone-Membrane Distillation for Brine Concentrate Managememnt (PDF)
Varinia Felix, University of Arizona
TH-34
2:55pm - 3:25pm
Sonoma D
Out of Sight, But Not Out of Mind: Using Satellites to Find Leaks - Donna Starling, City of Irving Texas (PDF)
Donna Starling, City of Irving Texas
TH-35
2:55pm - 3:25pm
Napa A&B
It's drive-it-dirty time. Marin Water's Drought Response - Carrie Pollard, Marin Water (PDF)
Carrie Pollard, Marin Water
TH-36
2:55pm - 3:25pm
Napa C&D
The Texas Deep Freeze: When Conservation Services Change to Emergency Services - Karen Guz, San Antonio Water System (PDF)
Karen Guz, San Antonio Water System
TH-37
3:35pm - 4:05pm
Sonoma A
AMI + BFD = OMG - Debby Figoni, Beverly Hills Water (PDF)
Debby Figoni, Beverly Hills Water
TH-38
3:35pm - 4:05pm
Sonoma B
Leading the Way for Climate Change Forecasting with Conservation Water Savings for Sustainable Communities - Lisa Maddaus, Maddaus Water (PDF)
Lisa Maddaus, Maddaus Water Management, Inc.
TH-39
3:35pm - 4:05pm
Sonoma C
Online Water Education Center and Virtual Programs - Justin Finch Moulton Niguel Water District (PDF)
Justin Finch, Moulton Niguel Water District
TH-40
3:35pm - 4:05pm
Sonoma D
So You Want to do Leak Detection: Sharing Our Experiences and Findings - Kimberly Manago, Water System Optimization (PDF)
Kimberly Manago, Water System Optimization
TH-41
3:35pm - 4:05pm
Napa A&B
Moral Appeals in Water Messaging: Speaking to Virtues Not Finances (PDF)
Coy Callison, Texas Tech University
TH-42
3:35pm - 4:05pm
Napa C&D
Responding to Crisis: Best Practices for Shut Down and Reopening of Buildings - Christoph Lohr, IAPMO (PDF)
TH-43
4:15pm - 4:45pm
Sonoma A
Compliance by the Numbers: Assessing the Effectiveness of Water Waste Enforcement Activities Using a Data-Driven Approach - Miguel Morales, City of Austin, TX (PDF)
Miguel Morales, City of Austin, TX
TH-44
4:15pm - 4:45pm
Sonoma B
FL v. GA 142, Original. – Water Demand Management at the US Supreme Court - Peter Mayer, Water Demand Management (PDF)
Peter Mayer, Water Demand Management
TH-45
4:15pm - 4:45 pm
Sonoma C
Ask, Listen, Learn and Share with WaterSense (PDF)
TH-46
4:15pm - 4:45pm
Sonoma D
How Much Water Can Household Leak Detection Devices Save? - Amy Weinfurter, WaterNow Alliance (PDF)
Amy Weinfurter, WaterNow Alliance
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The 13th annual WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition, Oct 6-7, 2021, in Las Vegas, is a premier venue to showcase new water-efficiency technology; build and strengthen effective, interdisciplinary relationships; and establish your company as an international leader in innovative water efficiency technology and services.


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