Jul 08, 2015

Gates Foundation Executive to Keynote 30th Annual WateReuse Symposium

The symposium will be held Sept. 13 to 16 in Seattle

WateReuse Symposium Gates Foundation Brian Arbogast

The 30th Annual WateReuse Symposium will bring together water managers and industry leaders in Seattle, Sept. 13 to 16, 2015 to learn what’s working, what’s not and what’s next in water reuse policy, operations, technology and public perception. The comprehensive program will include more than 100 presentations, panel discussions, workshops, facility tours and an exhibit hall.

The symposium will feature a keynote address from Brian Arbogast, who leads the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's effort to bring innovations in sanitation technology and new ways to deliver sanitation products and services to people in the developing world. One of those innovations is a low-cost technology that can convert up to 14 tons of sewage into potable water and electricity each day using a blend of steam power and water filtration.

“This year’s Symposium has something for everyone,” said WateReuse Executive Director Melissa Meeker. “There are learning opportunities for those that are new to water reuse, in depth discussions for those that are technically knowledgeable, and an overall focus on effectively communicating with the public.”

The topics covered at this year’s symposium will include coalition building, potable reuse, funding, policy and legislation, global water reuse, the next generation of communication, and more. Facility tours will provide opportunities to see how water reuse technology is implemented locally and networking events will give attendees to the opportunity share ideas and make new contacts.

Among the highlights of the 30th Annual WateReuse Symposium is a three-hour boot camp on Sunday, Sept. 3 designed to give the nuts-and-bolts of organizing, developing, operating, or funding a water reuse program. The symposium will end with a unique session that will give water managers and community leaders the tools needed to build support with citizens. Through a series of panels and specific instruction by Melissa Marshall, a TED Talk alum, the audience will engage in exercises that focus on message development and delivery points that are effective in public engagement. 

 Early-bird registration discounts are available through July 17.