Pre-Show Workshops

Pre-show workshops add bang for your buck

Several pre-show workshops scheduled for Tuesday, October 2, 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 2
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sonoma A
Water Conservation 101: Get Ready, Set and Go!Amy Vickers, Amy Vickers & Associates, Inc.
Tuesday, October 2
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Napa C
Cooling Towers – The Final Frontier of Commercial Water ConservationMark Gentili, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Tuesday, October 2
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Napa D
ICI Water Conservation ProgramBill Hoffman, H.W.(Bill) Hoffman & Associates,LLC
Tuesday, October 2
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Napa B
QWEL Train-the-Trainer WorkshopLisa Cuellar Menezes, California Water Efficiency Partnership
Greg Plumb, Sonoma County Water Agency
Tuesday, October 2
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sonoma A
Benefit - Cost AnalysisWilliam Maddaus, Maddaus Water Management Inc.
Michelle Maddaus, Maddaus Water Management Inc.

Water Conservation 101: Get Ready, Set and Go!

Amy Vickers, Amy Vickers & 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. An overview of the latest in 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 provided along with case studies and other tips to connect and thrive in the world of water conservation and efficiency. "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
7. Program Implementation
8. Program Monitoring and Evaluation
9. Water Conservation Network
10. Southern Nevada Water Authority: Program Overview

Cooling Towers – The Final Frontier of Commercial Water Conservation

Mark Gentili, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

4-hour pre-show workshop where attendees will learn about the water savings potential for cooling tower/evaporative condenser projects.

1. Where are Cooling Towers and Evaporative Condensers and how do they function?

2. Cooling Tower/Evaporative Condenser tonnage calculations

3. Why is Cooling Tower/Evaporative Condenser water treated?

4. Reading and analyzing water treatment reports

5. Cycles of concentration- the key to water conservation

6. Water savings calculations

7. The importance of metering

8. How much work is involved in monitoring a cooling tower project?

9. State of the art water treatment and monitoring equipment

10. New and old types of water treatment systems

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

ICI Water Conservation Program

Bill Hoffman, H.W.(Bill) Hoffman & Associates,LLC

The workshop will be a one-day workshop that will provide an overview of both the technology of ICI water conservation and provide examples of ways to establish, and finance programs. This will include ways that utilities can use ICI programs to "buy back" capacity in their systems to accommodate growth without having to expand water supplies or treatment systems.

QWEL Train-the-Trainer Workshop

Lisa Cuellar Menezes, California Water Efficiency Partnership
Greg Plumb, Sonoma County Water Agency

The California Water Efficiency Partnership (CalWEP) and the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership are pleased to offer a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) Train-the-Trainer workshop for water use efficiency professionals who are interested in offering QWEL in their local area. This full day workshop will provide an abbreviated review of the QWEL training materials with an emphasis on how to teach, market, and manage the QWEL program in your area.

QWEL training presents an affordable, proactive, local approach to reducing landscape water demand, and is recognized as an EPA WaterSense labeled Professional Certification Program for Irrigation System Audits. The program provides 20 hours of education on local water supply, sustainable landscaping, soils, landscape water budgets, irrigation system components and maintenance, irrigation system audits, and scheduling and controller programming.

Workshop topics:
• How to adopt QWEL and bring it to your area
• How to market and manage the QWEL program in your area
• How to teach the QWEL program
• Condensed review of QWEL training materials
• QWEL exam

In order to obtain the QWEL certification, an individual must demonstrate their ability to perform an irrigation system audit as well as pass the QWEL exam. The QWEL exam will be included in this workshop. Participants wishing to become QWEL certified will need to conduct an independent overhead irrigation system audit following the workshop.

Participants wishing to take the QWEL exam and become QWEL certified are encouraged to study the QWEL training materials ahead of the workshop. The California edition of the QWEL Reference Manual can be downloaded HERE.

Benefit - Cost Analysis

William Maddaus, Maddaus Water Management Inc.
Michelle Maddaus, Maddaus Water Management Inc.

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.

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The 12th annual WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition, Oct. 2-3, 2019, 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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