Pre-Show Workshops

Pre-show workshops add bang for your buck

Several pre-show workshops scheduled for Tuesday, October 3, 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 3
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sonoma B
Water Conservation 101: Get Ready, Set and Go!Amy Vickers, Amy Vickers and Associates, Inc.
Tuesday, October 3
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Napa B
Watershed Wise Landscape Professional CertificationPamela Berstler, G3, Green Gardens Group
Tuesday, October 3
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Napa D
Cooling Tower Conservation-Big Savings for Commercial CustomersMark Gentili, L.A.D.W.P.
Tuesday, October 3
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sonoma B
Benefit - Cost AnalysisWilliam Maddaus, Maddaus Water Management Inc.
Michelle Maddaus, Maddaus Water Management Inc.
Tuesday, October 3
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sonoma D
Social Media Workshop - Build Your Reputation and Engage Your Customers Through Social MediaLisa Story, Communication Services Manager, Las Vegas Valley Water District

Water Conservation 101: Get Ready, Set and Go!

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. 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. 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

Watershed Wise Landscape Professional Certification

Pamela Berstler, G3, Green Gardens Group

Become a Watershed Wise Landscape Professional (WWLP):
The Watershed Approach to landscaping is an integrated resource management approach to outdoor water use efficiency that includes rain water use efficiency and leverages conservation actions to achieve multiple benefits including improved water supply and water quality. This one day training and certification exam bridges the gap between irrigation auditing and whole site evaluation resulting in a more comprehensive understanding of the way landscapes contribute to climate and resource conservation objectives. The WWLP Certification is a WaterSense labeled program that may be licensed for implementation throughout the US. Come get certified and discover if this professional certification program is right for your region.

Cooling Tower Conservation-Big Savings for Commercial Customers

Mark Gentili, L.A.D.W.P.

Attendees will learn all about cooling towers/evaporative condensers and the potential water savings for water-treatment upgrade projects.

1. What types of buildings have Cooling Towers and/or Evaporative Condensers?

2 How does a Cooling Tower/Evaporative Condenser work?

3. Cooling Tower/Evaporative Condenser tonnage calculations

4. Why is the water in a Cooling Tower/Evaporative Condenser water treated?

5. What types of water sources can serve a Cooling Tower/Evaporative Condenser?

6. Reading and analyzing water treatment reports

7. Cycles of concentration- the key to water conservation

8. Water savings numbers

9. The importance of metering

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

11.State of the art water treatment and monitoring equipment

Benefit - Cost Analysis

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

William O. Maddaus
Michelle L. Maddaus
Maddaus Water Management
Alamo, California USA

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.

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

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.

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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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