Pre-Show Workshops

Pre-show workshops add bang for your buck

Several pre-show workshops scheduled for Tuesday, October 4, will provide water-efficiency professionals with added bang for their WSI buck.

Although not included in the WSI conference registration fee, the pre-show workshops cover a range of topics of interest to professionals working in a broad spectrum of disciplines. 

Each half-day workshop is $50.00.  Full-day workshops are $80.00.  Participants have the option of taking both the Conservation 101 and Cost-Benefit Analysis workshops for the discounted rate of $80. You will have the opportunity to sign up for them in the registration process. If you are not attending the full conference, you can register as a guest or Expo only and add the workshop to your registration.
Check out the workshop schedule and get more information about these valuable learning opportunities here.


Pre-Show Workshops:

Date/Time/Room Name Speaker Price
Tuesday, October 4
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sonoma A
Channels For Innovation Summit - Sonoma A$150.00
Tuesday, October 4
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sonoma B
Conservation 101: Get Ready, Set and Go! - Sonoma BAmy Vickers, Amy Vickers and Associates, Inc.
$50.00
Tuesday, October 4
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sonoma D
Landscape Water Management for Water Agency Personnel - Sonoma DDavid Silva, CWM, QWEL, California Landscape Contractors Association
$50.00
Tuesday, October 4
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Napa B
Watershed Wise Landscape Professional Certification - Napa BPamela Berstler, G3, Green Gardens Group
$80.00
Tuesday, October 4
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Napa C
Cooling Towers/Evaporative Condensers-Understanding the Water Savings - Napa CMark Gentili, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
$50.00
Tuesday, October 4
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Napa D
ICI Workshop-You Don't Need to Be Einstein - Napa DBill Hoffman, Water Management Inc.
$80.00
Tuesday, October 4
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sonoma B
Benefit-Cost Analysis - Sonoma BMichelle Maddaus, Maddaus Water Management
$50.00
Tuesday, October 4
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sonoma D
Social Media Workshop-Build Your Reputation and Engage Your Customers Through Social Media-SonomaDLisa Story, Communication Services Manager, Las Vegas Valley Water District
$50.00
Tuesday, October 4
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Napa C
Utility Water Auditing and Data Validation Workshop - Napa CWill Jernigan, Director of Water Efficiency, Cavanaugh & Associates
Lucy Andrews, Water System Optimization
Kris Williams
Kate Gasner, Water System Optimization
George Kunkel, P.E., Principal, Kunkel Water Efficiency Consulting
Brian Skeens, Principal Technologist, CH2M

$50.00


Channels For Innovation Summit - Sonoma A

Presenters:

The Channels for Innovation Summit will be a dynamic gathering of leaders and entrepreneurs in the water technology innovation space. Private and public end users will give insight to their technical challenges, lessons learned as first adopters, and how they evaluate emerging technologies within their organization. Entrepreneurs will share their road to success, overcoming the technology valley of death and how they've adapted their business model to serve different markets and needs of their clients. The day will also include a tech pitch competition before a panel of industry experts to determine the most promising technology for the region of Nevada and beyond. The Summit registration includes lunch and an off site reception. For a full agenda, please see http://channelsforinnovationsummit.com



Conservation 101: Get Ready, Set and Go! - Sonoma B

Presenters:
Amy Vickers, Amy Vickers and Associates, Inc.

For water efficiency beginners, experienced managers, and all other interested parties, this workshop will provide an overview of the essential ingredients and steps involved in developing a successful water conservation plan and program. The latest in water use data analytics, water-saving technologies, policies, analytical models and software tools (e.g., AWE Water Conservation Tracking Tool, AWWA Water Audit software, and EPA WaterSense Water Budget Tool) will be presented along with case studies and other tips to connect and thrive in the world of water conservation and efficiency. In addition, conservation managers from Southern Nevada Water Authority will share their cutting edge water-saving program strategies and results.

"How to" steps and topics to be covered will include:

1. Definitions of a Successful Water Conservation Program
2. Water-Saving Goals
3. Data Analytics: Customer and System Water Use Profiles
4. State-Of-The-Art In Water-Saving Measures And Incentives
5. Potential Water Savings, Benefits And Costs
6. Water Conservation Planning-Budget, Staffing, Schedule, and Reporting
7. Program Implementation
8. Program Monitoring and Evaluation
9. Water Conservation Network
10. Southern Nevada Water Authority: Conservation Program Overview

Register for Benefit-Cost Analysis and this workshop and you will receive a $20 discount at checkout.



Landscape Water Management for Water Agency Personnel - Sonoma D

Presenters:
David Silva, CWM, QWEL, California Landscape Contractors Association

Learn to master proven theories and other practical principles of landscape water management. This sustainable approach to water management taught by landscape irrigation experts from the California Landscape Contractors Association with a combined 50+ years of experience in the field is tailored for water conservation personnel. Attendees will get a better working knowledge of conservation methods originating and perfected in the Golden State. Topics to be covered include basics of plants & soils, controllers, sprinklers, mapping and mapping/measuring landscapes, documenting potential savings, performing an irrigation inspection, program scheduling and analyzing consumption results.

CEU Eligible: (3) IA, (3) ISA, (3) PLANET, (2) QUEL Marketed under CLCA Water Management Certification Program's "S.W.E.L.L. Workshops" (Smart Water Efficient Landscape Learning) for water agency personnel.



Watershed Wise Landscape Professional Certification - Napa B

Presenters:
Pamela Berstler, G3, Green Gardens Group

The old paradigm of water conservation is changing. The “Watershed
Approach” is evolving as the new normal in landscaping - and not just in
California. Across the United States, we are seeing that in order to create truly
sustainable and resilient landscapes we must turn to the watershed as our
model for landscaping. This requires the integration of four key elements:
healthy living soil, climate appropriate plants, rainwater as a resource, and
efficient irrigation when necessary.

G3, Green Gardens Group, a WaterSense Partner and national certifying
organization, is partnering with agencies, municipalities and non-profits to
bring the Watershed Wise Landscape Professional Training (WWLP) to regions
throughout the country. This program builds critical thinking skills for
evaluating landscapes and making water efficient, carbon sequestering, and
storm water reducing renovation decisions. The workshop covers the essential
math and science underlying sustainable landscaping in a unique and
interactive way that makes complex ideas accessible, and leaves participants
ready to use the knowledge in their everyday work.

Come learn about the watershed approach to landscaping and see if it might
be right for your region.



Cooling Towers/Evaporative Condensers-Understanding the Water Savings - Napa C

Presenters:
Mark Gentili, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

The course content and visuals are from actual cooling tower/evaporative condenser projects done by Los Angeles Department of Water and Power commercial customers. It covers the basics: from types of cooling towers and associated water treatment, to water savings calculations. The workshop is geared to teach Water Conservation employees about the potential water savings with cooling towers and evaporative condensers.



ICI Workshop-You Don't Need to Be Einstein - Napa D

Presenters:
Bill Hoffman, Water Management Inc.

Industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) water use is one of the fastest growing water us sectors that water utilities throughout the nation must serve. Water conservation program officials are finding that plumbing fixture and appliance programs are reaching their potential and residential landscape programs have their limits. Many have realized that the ICI water using sectors offer “new territory” to explore for water savings. The US Geological Survey estimates that about third of municipal use is for the commercial and institutional sectors. The USGS also show that when industrial use is added, approximately half of all freshwater use for municipal and industrial purposes (excluding thermoelectric power) is for the ICI sector. Yet many municipal program managers are often reluctant to delve into these areas because the ways water is used are not familiar to them, technology is frightening, or they just don't know how to design a program or work with the ICI sector.

Simply put, this workshop is targeted to those water conservation professionals that want to be able to work better with their ICI water customers and develop more effective programs.

The workshop will cover four major topics:

1. The metrics of how water is used in the ICI sector and show how conservation program managers can use their own data to target the best opportunities;

2. The economics of ICI programs from the impact rapidly rising water and wastewater rates are impacting ICI managers perceptions, how to look at payback, how to possibly set up rebate and incentive programs, and how to leverage energy rebates, tax credits and other incentives available from outside the water utility areas;

3. The technologies, techniques, and codes that present conservation opportunities for water savings that are unique to the ICI sectors; and

4. An examination of common elements in effective ICI water conservation programs.



Benefit-Cost Analysis - Sonoma B

Presenters:
Michelle Maddaus, Maddaus Water Management

A half day workshop will be held to educate participants with how to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of water conservation measures. This workshop has been given successfully at the International Water Demand Management Conference held in Jordan in June 2004 and International Water Association Efficient 2005 Conference in Santiago, Chile, AWWA Water Sources Conference 2006 in Albuquerque, AWWA Water Sources Conference 2008 in Reno, Nevada, AWWA Sustainable Water Management Conference 2010 in Albuquerque New Mexico and .the Water Smart Innovations Conference 2012 in Las Vegas.

Benefit-Cost analysis has been used for years to prioritize water conservation measures. Individual water conservation measures are considered to be cost-effective when benefits exceed costs. Once individual measures have been found to be cost-effective, they can be combined into an overall water conservation program. Benefit-Cost analysis depends on accurate forecasts of conservation measure water savings, costs, and benefits. Benefits and costs are normally compared in a present worth analysis.

(a) Workshop Objective Provide an understanding of how to prepare a cost-benefit analysis of conservation measures and then use the results to select a cost-effective conservation program.

Register for Conservation 101: Get Ready, Set and Go! plus this workshop and receive a $20 discount at checkout.



Social Media Workshop-Build Your Reputation and Engage Your Customers Through Social Media-SonomaD

Presenters:
Lisa Story, Communication Services Manager, Las Vegas Valley Water District

Water organizations have begun "dipping their toes" into social media communications, but might not be using these channels to their fullest potential. The public's use of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Pinterest continues to grow, and customers are expecting two-way engagement with companies on many of these social media platforms. In this session, we will explore how organizations can use these low-cost and efficient communications channels to achieve specific business objectives, including reputation management, marketing, customer support, and crisis communications. We will provide an overview of social media use within the water industry and will discuss how to obtain management support for social media, link results to company objectives, and measure effectiveness. We will show specific examples of effective social media communications and discuss how interactivity, video/graphics, and calls to action enhance the value of social media posts.



Utility Water Auditing and Data Validation Workshop - Napa C

Presenters:
Will Jernigan, Director of Water Efficiency, Cavanaugh & Associates
Lucy Andrews, Water System Optimization
Kris Williams
Kate Gasner, Water System Optimization
George Kunkel, P.E., Principal, Kunkel Water Efficiency Consulting
Brian Skeens, Principal Technologist, CH2M

Short Description
After years of research and the establishment of water auditing best practices, the water industry is now embracing water loss control as an essential tool for utility management. Additionally, water loss control can serve as a “new source” of water, decrease energy costs associated with water production and distribution, prolong infrastructure life, and improve utility data management.

Because many utilities are new to the basic tenets of water loss control – water balance terminology, water auditing, and water loss intervention strategies – educational opportunities are necessary to promote the adoption of best practices. Additionally, the value of a water audit and the effectiveness of a water loss control program are completely dependent on the reliability of the data sources informing a utility's water loss profile. Recent research (e.g. Water Research Foundation #4372B – A Review of Water Losses and Data Validity) has highlighted the value of audit data validation in producing useful audits. Two even more recent projects have dialed in on the critical importance and process of data validation in the water audit – Georgia's Qualified Water Loss Auditor Program and Water Research Foundation #4639 - Establishing Water Utility Guidance and Methodology for Water Audit Validation.

This workshop will provide an overview of the data validation process developed from these 2 projects. Participants will learn the steps including gathering necessary documentation, recognizing anomalous metrics and tracing the source of audit inputs. Participants will also have the opportunity to bring their water audits for data validation Q&A. Participants are recommended to have at least a basic familiarity with the AWWA water audit method prior to best leverage what this workshop has to offer.



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The 10th annual WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition, Oct. 4-6, 2017, in Las Vegas, is a premier venue to showcase new water-efficiency technology; build and strengthen effective, interdisciplinary relationships; and establish your company as an international leader in innovative water efficiency technology and services.


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