About the Event

The theme of the 2024 Next Generation Water Summit is "Solutions in a Changing World".

The Next Generation Water Summit brings together the building and development community, water reuse professionals and water policymakers in a collaborative setting to share best practices and learn about innovative water conservation and water reuse techniques that can be used to comply with water conservation restrictions spreading across the southwest.

Agenda

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THURSDAY KEYNOTE: Solutions in a Changing World

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David Sedlak
Author & Professor, UC Berkeley

Grim news reports—of empty reservoirs, withering crops, failing ecosystems—need not be cause for despair, argues award-winning author David Sedlak. Sedlak identifies the challenges that society faces, including ineffective policies and outdated infrastructure, and the myriad of tools at our disposal—from emerging technologies in desalination to innovations for recycling wastewater and capturing more of the water that falls on fields and cities. He offers an informed and hopeful approach for rethinking our assumptions about the way that water is managed. With this knowledge we can create a future with clean, abundant, and affordable water for all.

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Envisioning a Water Future: Modular, Adaptive and Decentralized

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Patrick Thomson
Senior Research Associate, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Population growth, climate change, and geopolitical uncertainty challenge our modern notion of water security and threaten the centralized water systems that produced transformative impacts on public health and economic development in the 19th and 20th centuries. Dr. Thomson proposes Modular, Adaptive, and Decentralized (MAD) Water as a framework for considering how novel technologies and practices can be harnessed to provide drinking water in the absence of - or alongside - existing centralized water infrastructure in the 21st century.

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Commercial Water Efficiency

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Michelle Maddaus
Civil Engineer, Maddaus Water Management

Water use in the commercial sector is significant in most communities and in some cases is larger than the residential water use sector, yet the commercial sector has been historically under- targeted by water conservation programs. The commercial sector is more diverse, more complex, and more complicated to calculate water savings. Additionally, there is no standardization or national accreditation for water professionals or communities interested in targeting this sector, and a lack of methodology for auditing commercial properties. This is changing. Learn in this presentation how our industry is changing to better address commercial water use.

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Potable Rainwater Harvesting - The Real Science

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Sarah Sojka
Associate Professor of Physics and Environmental Studies, Randolph College

Research on the water quality in rainwater harvesting systems often focuses on a single system, making broad conclusions about water quality and the effectiveness of water treatment difficult. Dr. Sojka will synthesize available research on the quality of harvested rainwater and available treatment techniques for potable water. The presentation will examine pre-tank treatment, in-tank processes, and post-tank treatment. The findings from the scientific literature will be compared to potable rainwater harvesting guidelines and key gaps in the available research will be identified.

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Water Use in a Commercial Greenhouse

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Gabe Smith
Technician to the School of Trades, Advanced Technologies, and Sustainability at SFCC

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PANEL: WERS, EPA and HERSh2o Outdoor Water Use - What is the Difference

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Jonah Schein
National Program Manager, EPA WaterSense

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Laureen Blissard
Technical Director, Green Builder Coalition

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Ryan Meres
Program Director, RESNET

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Building Commercial Net Zero Water

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Shayla Woodhouse
Project Engineer, Biohabitats

Net Zero water is possible in commercial establishments. This presentation will highlight a few projects that have achieved this ambitious goal and discuss the challenges in meeting this goal and what will take to move forward with Net Zero in the Southwest.

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PANEL: Accelerating Water Wise Landscape Transformation in the Colorado River Basin

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Lindsay Rogers - Moderator
Policy Manager for Municipal Conservation, Western Resource Advocates

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Carlos Bustos
Water Conservation Program Manager, ABCWUA

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Dr. Mike Bernardo, P.E.
Enterprise Conservation Division Manager, SNWA

This session reviews approaches in Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico to accelerate water-wise landscaping transformation. From legislative wins to community turfgrass mapping efforts to robust incentive programs, speakers will discuss their progress thus far, challenges along the way, and new opportunities to explore as the West transitions away from non-functional cool season turfgrass and towards native and drought-tolerant plants and grasses.

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PANEL: Taking Water Seriously

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Adam DeHeer
Co-founder & CEO, LeapFrog Design

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Mike Collignon
Executive Director, Green Builder Coalition

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Kim Shanahan
International Water Expert

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Darrel McMaster
Owner, Sustainable Homes, Inc.

There’s a lot of talk about the need for increasing residential water efficiency in new construction, but why don’t we see more of it in practice? Can voluntary programs motivate the market? Can we innovate our way out of the problem? Will effective change only arrive via new regulations? Join us for this lively and interactive discussion.

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Water-Energy-Carbon Footprint: A Case Study

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Jonah Schein
National Program Manager, EPA WaterSense

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FRIDAY KEYNOTE: Journey to Water Conservation

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Gary Klein
President, Gary Klein & Associates

Reflecting on his journey into the field of water conservation and efficiency, Gary Klein draws inspiration from experiences in Lesotho, the California Energy Commission, and others. In many parts of the world, water conservation is driven by necessity not by desire. Yet across the United States, millions of gallons of water and BTUs of energy are lost due to structural and behavioral waste. Gary offers a retrospective on how he became interested in the potential for a more water efficient future.

time icon06/21/2024 10:15 am

PANEL: Educating the Next Generation

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Paul Bishop
President and CEO, WPI

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Lauren Forbes
Founder, Cactus Rain, LLC

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Michelle Maddaus
Civil Engineer, Maddaus Water Management

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Mera Burton
Career Pathways Program Administrator, Santa Clara Valley Water District

The water industry offers a diverse range of career opportunities to deliver, clean, and renew our world's most essential resource - including engineers, tradespeople (plumbing, wastewater, and landscape), science and technical professionals, managers, and academic or government positions. For those passionate about water and its impact on society, this panel aims to identify career paths to lead sustainable water utilities into the future. The panel considers pipelines to connect high school and college students with future careers as water professionals, and offers approaches to workforce development that current leaders should use in future hiring, training, and retention efforts.

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Innovative Product Panel

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Adam DeHeer
Co-founder & CEO, LeapFrog Design

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Stacey Murphy
Founder & CEO, Dreaming Earth

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Chris Cummings

New water savings technology will be part of our future. The technology thus far has enabled us to grow in many communities over the last decade without increasing water supplies. This panel will introduce two new technologies that may fit into our water conservation strategies.

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New Residential Water Savings: Theoretical to Practical

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Darrell Lehman
President, Triconic LLC

This session will guide Regulatory and Government Agencies, Utilities, and building stakeholders through a transformative journey from theoretical frameworks to actionable, practical solutions in water efficiency compliance. Lehman will emphasize the ease of implementing water efficiency certifications and interlace innovative approaches from Triconic with broader goals of enhancing energy and water efficiency compliance. The session bridges the gap between generic regulations and nuanced requirements in modern homebuilding, advocating for innovation.

time icon06/21/2024 01:00 pm

Water and Energy Savings from the Demand Calculator

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Christoph Lohr
Vice President of Technical Services and Research, IAPMO

Right-sizing of water systems offers the opportunity to promote water conservation, energy reduction, while lowering construction costs and potentially improving water quality.  In this presentation, we will provide a broad base overview of the benefits of right-sizing water systems via the Water Demand Calculator, and then focus on the water and energy savings available by right-sizing by looking at a variety of prototype buildings, and place right-sizing in the greater context of water conservation measures.

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Components of a Great Water Conservation Program

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Ron Burke
President, AWE

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AI Role in Water: Today & Tomorrow

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Victoria Edwards
Founder & CEO, FIDO Tech Ltd.

AI can already find leaks by size and verify the amount of water and carbon saved when they’re fixed. But that’s a fragment of its potential when it comes to tackling water scarcity. Discover how the robust, real-world application of AI is driving action in the Colorado river basin and providing transparent data that could soon pave the way for social and economic water allocations more in harmony with nature.

time icon06/21/2024 02:00 pm

Blackwater to Potable - A Regulator's View of The Next Big Push

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Darrin Polhemus
Deputy Director, California State Water Resources Control Board

What do you need to consider when planning to regulate the treatment of wastewater for delivery as safe drinking water? We will review the steps California took in adopting its Direct Potable Reuse regulations and why this is an important part of a climate resilient water source for some California water systems.

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Why WERS? Why Now?

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Mike Collignon
Executive Director, Green Builder Coalition

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Marco Lueras
Co-Founder & Executive Director, New Mexico Conservation Alliance

Communities throughout the United States are grappling with an affordable housing crisis, prompting various responses such as new construction, in-fill projects, or repurposing existing buildings. Amidst these developments, concerns about water supply persist, particularly in Western regions. With projected temperature increases and droughts over the next few decades, communities are understandably cautious about land use decisions. Join this session to gain valuable insights into comprehensive water use projections that can play a crucial role in informing growth plans and assisting builders in persuading communities to embrace growth while addressing water sustainability concerns.

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Closing Plenary

In this closing plenary, the Summit co-founders will recap the key takeaways from the 2024 Summit and solicit input for the 2025 NGWS.

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Panel: What's Going On With Water?

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Christine Chavez
Water Conservation Manager, City of Santa Fe

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Jesse Roach
Director, City of Santa Fe Water

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Carol Romero-Wirth
Santa Fe City Councilor

Water is a critical resource in New Mexico, and the state faces several challenges related to water security. New Mexico is actively addressing water challenges through planning, conservation, and resilience initiatives. Ensuring water security is crucial for the state’s future well-being and sustainability.

time icon06/21/2024 01:00 pm

New Mexico Water History - A Primer for the Future

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Katherine (Rin) Tara
Staff Attorney & Water Policy Analyst, UNM

We can use the tools of the past to prepare for increased water scarcity in the future. Rin Tara, staff attorney at the Utton Center, will cover the span of water management in the state beginning in the 1300s, traveling through eras of indigenous, Spanish, Mexican, and eventually United States water management principles. Tara discusses the use of principles embedded in the cultural history of New Mexico and some thinking outside the limitations of current management frameworks to address anticipated water shortages in New Mexico resulting from anthropogenic climate change. 

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New Mexico Legislative Update

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State Water Funding

A forum to provide New Mexico citizens and policymakers with networking and contacts to access funding for water system improvements at the community level.

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Drip Irrigation Auditing