ACE17 to highlight best in water distribution, quality and monitoring in Philly

The American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition (ACE17), being held June 11-14 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, is one of the largest water industry tradeshows in the calendar year in North America.

AWWAThis year’s technical program will include more than 900 expert presenters in 16 defined tracks focusing on: infrastructure funding and affordability, lead management in drinking water, green infrastructure, federal regulatory agencies and innovation in the water sector, policy and water quality discussions, and public health issues with source water protection.

This year’s event is also expected to bring an estimated 11,500 water professionals to Philadelphia along with more than 450 exhibiting companies specializing in water distribution, metering, flow monitoring, leak detection, filtration, security and wastewater will showcase products and services.

Click here to see a handful of new technologies and announcements sent our way from companies that will be exhibiting at the show this year. For a complete list of exhibitors, click here.

The former head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Water Program and the Philadelphia Water Commissioner are among the speakers at AWWA’s Public Officials Breakfast & Caucus, 8-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 13, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Elected and appointed officials from throughout North America will hear about the changing Washington, D.C. landscape from Joel Beauvais, who departed recently from his position as EPA’s Deputy Assistant Administrator for Water. He is now a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins. With potential budget cuts and other changes swirling at EPA, Beauvais will provide an insider’s perspective on how the changes may impact local communities and the water sector.

Philadelphia Water Commissioner Debra McCarty will bring local perspective with a presentation on the Philadelphia Water Department’s Water Affordability Program.

Other speakers include AWWA President Jeanne Bennett-Bailey, who will kick off the event, and Tommy Holmes, AWWA legislative director, who will speak on the new infrastructure finance opportunities under the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA).

The event, which takes place in Room 111 A/B at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, is sponsored by Aqua and Wachs Water Services.

The Public Officials Breakfast & Caucus – free to elected and appointed public officials registered for the conference – is part of a broader public officials program that includes 12 hours of certificate training. ACE17 public officials events include:

Public Officials Breakfast & Caucus (Tues., June 13, 8-11:30 a.m., Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 111 A/B)

Public officials hear from local and national speakers and discuss common issues during this popular annual event.

Public Officials Certificate Program (June 11-13, 1-5 p.m. each day, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 109B)

By participating in three four-hour courses, public officials registered at ACE17 have an opportunity to earn the AWWA Public Officials Certificate. The course on June 11 is “Introduction to Water and Sewer Operating Environments”. The course on June 12 is “Water and Sewer Infrastructure, Operations, and Maintenance”. The course on June 13 is “Financing Your Water and Sewer Utility for the Future”. Renowned water educator and author Frederick Bloetscher, PhD, P.E., will teach the courses. Public officials may register for all three courses to earn the certificate or take individual courses.

Click here for more information on this year’s show.

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