Advance Registration ends Friday, August 28 for the 30th Annual WateReuse Symposium to be held September 13-16 in Seattle, WA. The Annual WateReuse Symposium is an opportunity to learn what’s working, what’s not and what’s next in water reuse policy, operations, technology and public perception. So far, water professionals from eight countries and 27 U.S. states have registered to attend.
The topics covered at this year’s Symposium will include coalition building, potable reuse, funding, policy and legislation, global water reuse, the next generation of communication, and much more. Facility tours will provide opportunities to see how water reuse technology is implemented locally and networking events will provide a forum for attendees to share ideas and make new contacts.
The Symposium will feature a keynote address from Brian Arbogast, who leads the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s effort to bring groundbreaking innovations in sanitation technology and new ways to deliver sanitation products and services to people in the developing world. One of those innovations is a low-cost technology that can convert up to 14 tons of sewage into potable water and electricity each day using a blend of steam power and water filtration.
Among the highlights of the 30th Annual WateReuse Symposium is a 3 hour boot camp on Sunday, September 13 designed to give the nuts-and-bolts of organizing, developing, operating, or funding a water reuse program. The Symposium will end with a unique session that will give water managers and community leaders the tools needed to build support with citizens. Through a series of panels and specific instruction by Melissa Marshall, a Ted Talk alum, the audience will engage in exercises that focus on message development and delivery points that are effective in public engagement.
The WateReuse Association and the WateReuse Research Foundation provide a comprehensive and complementary approach to increasing water reuse. The WateReuse Association is a nonprofit coalition of utilities, government agencies and industry that advocates for laws, policies and funding to promote water reuse. The WateReuse Research Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization that conducts research to improve the treatment, distribution and acceptance of water reuse. Together, they educate policymakers and the public on the science, economic value and environmental benefits of treating water to safely use it for a specific purpose, such as irrigation, manufacturing or drinking.