NACWA, AMWA to partner for Water Utility Resilience Forum in Miami

In the wake of the global pandemic and among other pressing challenges facing the water utility sector, resilience has emerged as a top issue. To highlight this, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) are co-hosting the 2021 Water Utility Resilience Forum in Miami, Florida, Dec. 13-15.  

The conference will host utility executives and thought leaders who will discuss how they are adapting to resilience challenges now and what they expect for the future.

Hosted by AMWA and NACWA, with partners the Water Research Foundation and WaterISAC, the Forum will feature panel discussions and presentations on the top issues, as well as breakout sessions and roundtables where attendees can interact in small-group settings with peers and develop networks of sector contacts to call upon in the future. Multiple panel discussions, spotlight talks, interviews and case studies will be presented. Panel discussions will include pace setters who confronted abrupt resilience challenges:

  • Hear from Michael Thane, Utilities Director for the City of Round Rock, Texas, who will discuss how his utility’s resilience investments supported the community’s response during Winter Storm Uri this past February, despite a weeklong power outage, fuel shortages and frozen pumps.
  • Scott Dewhirst, Tacoma Water Superintendent, will share his utility’s experience dealing with the chlorine supply chain shortages earlier this year and how they planned to get through the crisis if it had lasted longer.
  • Liquid oxygen shortages in Florida and other recent disruptions will also be discussed and attendees will be encouraged to highlight their own supply chain shortages and solutions.

Additionally, the areas of workforce, cybersecurity, emergency planning, supply chain shortages, equity, community-based climate resilience, and more will also be on the program.

The 2021 Water Utility Resilience Forum will convene at the Hyatt Regency Miami. A special group rate for attendees has been made available. Reservations must be made by Monday, Nov. 22 to receive the special rate, based on availability. 

To view hotel information, the complete, up-to-date agenda and to register, please visit

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