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The Resource Revolution of Water Reuse

February 27, 2019

Wednesday, February 27 | 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM EST
Wharton San Francisco

Conference Description:

Rapid ecological and economic transformation has put water supply and quality at the forefront of public priorities across the U.S. and around the world. Global leaders are actively trying to understand how they can provide for a secure water future in the face of growing populations, weather and climate changes, and financial barriers.

Water reuse is gaining momentum as a key to immediately and effectively addressing water scarcity. But how do we implement smart water reuse programs that are both environmentally and economically sound?

This workshop, “The Resource Revolution of Water Reuse,” will bring together senior leaders from communities, industry, government, universities and NGOs work together to discuss how to implement water reuse programs that will help build a more sustainable water future.

We will discuss key water challenges being faced here in the US and around the world. Experts will provide an overview of the current state of water reuse technologies, highlight future technology developments, and evaluate policy options to promote more rapid and widespread adoption of water reuse programs.

We invite you to join in the discussion and to interact with a great network of experts and leaders actively pursuing the pathway to water sustainability through water reuse. Your thoughts and input will help to drive actual recommendations for policy makers and contribute to secure water future.



9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m- Registration and breakfast

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.- Welcome

  • Ralph Exton, Chief Commercial Officer for SUEZ’s Water Technologies & Solutions business unit
  • Eric Gernath, Chief Executive Officer for SUEZ in North America

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.- Water Scarcity:  Global, U.S., and California

  • Charles Iceland, Director, Global and National Water Initiatives at World Resources Institute

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.- How California is leading the way on sustainable water policies

  • Felicia Marcus, Chair of the California State Resources Control board

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.- How Southern California is adopting water reuse

  • Jeff Kightlinger. General Manager for The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.- Panel session:

Technology solutions for a sustainable water future

50 minutes moderated panel discussion; 10 minutes audience Q&A

Global agencies and regional leaders have helped to shape the discussion around water scarcity; as such, the water industry is well-informed on current and future water challenges. How can technology help to overcome these challenges? How does technology help to shape the economic benefits of water reuse?

Moderator: Rich Henning, SUEZ

  • Michael Price, Vice President at Stantec Consulting Services Inc.
  • Eric Landais: Chief Technology Officer for SUEZ’s Water Technologies & Solutions business
  • Kati Bell, Managing Director of Water Strategy for Brown and Caldwell
  • Michael Ferrari, Founder of Atlas Research Innovations
  • Michael Carlin, Deputy General Manager of San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.-NETWORKING LUNCH

12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.- World Bank’s Role in Solving Water Scarcity

  • Steven N. Schonberger, Director of Water Global Practice at The World Bank

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.- Panel session:

Policies that will promote reuse

50 minutes moderated panel discussion; 10 minutes audience Q&A

In our journey to drive water reuse globally, common barriers need to be understood and overcome. How do we scale advances in technology for increasingly tough-to-treat water, develop financial instruments and mechanisms for project investment, and implement programs and policies that help municipalities and industries plan for population growth and achieve economic success?

Moderator: Jon Freedman, Global Government Affairs Leader, SUEZ

  • Tracy Mehan, Executive Director, Government Affairs at American Water Works Association
  • Ian Parker, Vice President, Public Sector and Infrastructure Banking at Goldman Sachs
  • Lea Senft, Constituent Advocate for the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Jeff Lape, Deputy Director U.S. EPA Office of Science and Technology
  • Pat Sinicropi, Executive Director of the WateReuse Association
  • Heather Cooley, Director of Research of the Pacific Institute

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.- Closing Session



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