Pre-Show Workshops

Pre-show workshops add bang for your buck

Several pre-show workshops scheduled for Tuesday, October 1, 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 1
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Choose One:
Watershed Wise Landscape Professional CertificationPamela Berstler, G3, Green Gardens Group
$80.00
Tuesday, October 1
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Choose One:
Water Conservation 101: Get Ready, Set GoMichelle Maddaus, Maddaus Water Management Inc.
$50.00
Tuesday, October 1
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Principles of Water Loss Management - morning session onlyWill Jernigan, Cavanaugh & Associates
Steve Cavanaugh, Cavanaugh & Associates
Reinhard Strum, Water System Optimization
$50.00
Tuesday, October 1
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Choose One:
Principals and Practice of Water Loss Management - full dayWill Jernigan, Cavanaugh & Associates
Steve Cavanaugh, Cavanaugh & Associates
Reinhard Strum, Water System Optimization
$80.00
Tuesday, October 1
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Choose One:
Benefit-Cost AnalysisMichelle Maddaus, Maddaus Water Management Inc.
$50.00


Watershed Wise Landscape Professional Certification

Presenters:
Pamela Berstler, G3, Green Gardens Group

Become a Certified Watershed Wise Landscape Professional at the annual WaterSmart Innovations 2019 Conference and learn how to bring this certification to your region.

G3 takes you through it's unique and acclaimed WaterSense-recognized certification workshop in 8 hours instead of the usual 16 (because you are already knowledgeable about water efficiency!) The exam is offered immediately following the workshop.

This certification combines rainwater use efficiency with irrigation efficiency to put a whole new spin on outdoor water demand reduction. Bring a forward-looking professional certification program to your region that ensures trained landscape professionals are ready for the new normal of water-efficient landscaping, the watershed approach.



Water Conservation 101: Get Ready, Set Go

Presenters:
Michelle Maddaus, Maddaus Water Management 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



Principles of Water Loss Management - morning session only

Presenters:
Will Jernigan, Cavanaugh & Associates
Steve Cavanaugh, Cavanaugh & Associates
Reinhard Strum, Water System Optimization

Join some of the nation's foremost experts on water loss management for this two-part workshop.

The 3-hour morning session will focus on the drivers and impacts of water loss management with an overview of water supply, infrastructure, revenue and regulatory implications. This portion is ideal for management and efficiency professionals who want to better understand the core components and benefits of an effective utility water loss program.

If you want to take both morning and afternoon sessions, please register for Principals and Practice of Water Loss Management



Principals and Practice of Water Loss Management - full day

Presenters:
Will Jernigan, Cavanaugh & Associates
Steve Cavanaugh, Cavanaugh & Associates
Reinhard Strum, Water System Optimization

Join some of the nation's foremost experts on water loss management for this two-part workshop.

The 3-hour morning session will focus on the drivers and impacts of water loss management with an overview of water supply, infrastructure, revenue and regulatory implications. This portion is ideal for management and efficiency professionals who want to better understand the core components and benefits of an effective utility water loss program.

The 4-hour afternoon session will get into the "nuts and bolts" of water loss assessments and includes exercises to put the principles into practice using the IWA/AWWA M36 methodology and Free Water Audit Software Tool. This session is highly recommended for technical professionals and analysts who are preparing to conduct or oversee full-scale audits.

If you wish to enroll in the morning session only, please select the Principles of Water Loss Management session.

To ensure quality, enrollment in these sessions is limited. Register early to ensure your seat.



Benefit-Cost Analysis

Presenters:
Michelle Maddaus, Maddaus Water Management Inc.

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.

(b) Methodology to be Covered
1. The first step it to characterize the water use for a particular area by making a water use profile. The profile can be a pie diagram showing the percent of the total water use by different types of customers, such as residential, commercial, industrial, etc.
2. Seasonal water use is analyzed to separate indoor and outdoor water use by customer type. From this analysis the conservation potential can be established by comparing local water use with accepted values for any particular end use (such as toilet use in single family homes).
3. Individual conservation measures can be identified to address different types of customers (commercial audits, toilet rebate programs, tiered rate structures). Typically a large list of 50 to 100 conservation measures is screened qualitatively to find the measures worthy of further analysis, such as benefit-cost analysis. The screening process will be demonstrated at this workshop.
4. Next it is important to quantify water savings for each measure. Examples will be provided.
5. Potential benefits that can be attributed to water conservation programs will be explained.
6. Benefit-Cost analysis can be conducted using a variety of computational tools. It is proposed to demonstrate several software available tools. These tools test whether an investment in a particular conservation measure produces more benefits than it costs (on a present value basis).

(c) Workshop Agenda
a. Why do a Benefit-Cost Analysis?
b. How to Define Benefits From Water Efficiency
c. How to Navigate the Maze of New Conservation Measures
d. Proven Techniques to Calculate Water Savings
e. Understanding the Challenges of Benefit-Cost Analysis
f. Forming Innovative Programs of Cost-Effective Measures
g. Examples and Exercises
h. Demonstrate Available Software to Perform Calculations



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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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