Call for Speakers! 2021 Virtual Water Finance Conference

Organizers of the 2021 Water Finance Conference are looking for speakers for its seventh annual event to be held virtually, August 10, 12 17 & 19. Please email your 200-word abstract to Andrew Farr by May 21.

The Water Finance Conference convenes executive-level utility professionals, including directors, superintendents, CEOs, CFOs and finance managers with consultants, financial advisors, lawyers and service providers involved in financing municipal water, wastewater and stormwater systems. The event is hosted annually by the journal Water Finance & Management, published by Benjamin Media.

If you are interested in presenting to executive-level utility representatives, consultants and financial professionals involved in the fields of water, wastewater and stormwater, we want to hear from you. We are looking for presentations covering – but not limited to – the following topics and case studies as they relate to the funding of water, wastewater and stormwater projects:

  • Maximizing Traditional Sources of Water Infrastructure Finance
  • Private Financing Options/P3s/PABs/Privatization
  • Rate Studies and Rate Setting
  • Budgeting/Short or Long-term Financial Planning
  • Customer Affordability/CAPs
  • Finance Approaches for COVID-19 Recovery
  • Governance Issues
  • Green Bonds/Environmental Impact Bonds
  • Federal Financing Mechanisms/WIFIA, etc.
  • Leveraging Clean/Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Funds
  • Cash Reserves Guidelines
  • Legislative/Regulatory Issues
  • Cost Savings through Asset Management
  • Case Studies Examining Innovative Funding
  • Funding for Stormwater Projects/CSO Mandates
  • Financial Tech for Water Utilities
  • Financing for Integrated Regional Water Plans/Consolidation

These are for presentations only (no written papers). If you are interested in becoming a presenter, please submit a 200-word abstract to Water Finance & Management editor, Andrew Farr, at by May 21, 2021. For additional information, conference details are available at

The Water Finance Conference has been growing in popularity at a steady clip since its establishment in 2015. It is the only conference in the U.S. water utility sector that exclusively covers financing. The event has been supported by leading industry associations that represent public utilities, such as the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), a past main event sponsor, and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA), a past supporting organization. The conference has also been supported by the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC), representing private and regulated water authorities.

Presenters at the Water Finance Conference generally include a mix of water/wastewater utility CFOs, city and county finance managers, current and former mayors and city councilmembers, municipal advisors in the water sector, as well as other consultants and service providers who have a vested interest in the funding of water infrastructure in the United States.

For sponsorship information, please contact Maura Bourquin.

Additional details on the conference, along with registration information, will be available in the coming weeks.

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