2023 Water Finance Conference to include Cleveland Water, NEORSD site visits

A shot of inside Cleveland Water’s Garrett Morgan Water Treatment Plant. Photo courtesy of Cleveland Water.

As part of the 2023 Water Finance Conference, Aug. 8-9 in Cleveland, Ohio, attendees will have the opportunity to tour Cleveland Water’s Garrett A. Morgan Water Treatment Plant and visit the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s (NEORSD) nearby Superior Avenue Pump Station.

Cleveland Water’s Garrett A. Morgan Water Treatment Plant has been in operation for more than a century. The plant is named after Cleveland inventor Garrett A. Morgan whose gas mask invention was used to rescue miners trapped in the tunnel during a water intake extension in the early 1900s. During more than 100 years of operation, the plant has undergone multiple rehabilitation projects to ensure that it remains a viable, reliable 150 million gallon per day drinking water treatment facility

The Superior Avenue Pump Station was recently constructed as part of NEORSD’s 25-year program, Project Clean Lake, to reduce CSO discharge into Lake Erie. The Superior Avenue Pump Station was featured in Episode 1, It’s Not Mud, of Sewer Divers on the History Channel.

The treatment plant and pump station are both in close proximity to the conference host hotel, the Aloft Cleveland Downtown, and a shuttle bus has been arranged. The shuttle will pick up attendees who wish to join the tour at the Aloft at 9:45 am on Aug. 8. The Garrett Morgan tour will take about an hour, followed by the pump station visit, where experts from NEORSD will be on hand to discuss the project and some history of the sewer district’s construction work to combat CSOs. Two hours maximum.

Following the morning activities and lunch, the 9th annual Water Finance Conference will get underway at 1:30 pm ET, featuring an afternoon of presentations and panel discussions. Aug. 8 will conclude with an evening reception. Day 2, Aug. 9, will continue with a full day of presentations, panel discussions and networking time, featuring leading experts in water/wastewater utility finance.

The 2023 Water Finance Conference is being presented in partnership with main event sponsor, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), in addition to main event sponsors Stantec and Synario, a PFM company. Other sponsors include Mueller, Raftelis, Wade Trim and SmartCover.

The Water Finance Conference is the only conference in the U.S. water utility sector that exclusively covers financing. Speakers and panelists at the conference generally include a mix of drinking water/clean water utility finance officers, general managers, municipal advisors, EPA officials and service providers.

Registration is now open and sponsorship opportunities are still available. If you are interested in sponsoring the shuttle bus for the tour, please contact Hannah Stakolich at hstakolich@benjaminmedia.com. To check out the agenda or for more information, please visit waterfinanceconference.com.

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