2017 Gulf Coast Water Conservation Symposium

United Way Community Resource Center
50 Waugh Drive
Houston, TX
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
8 AM - 3 PM

The Gulf Coast Water Conservation Symposium provides water utilities with the information they need to implement successful water conservation programs. Learn from local and national experts about the latest approaches and best practices for maximum water conservation savings.

Keynote Speaker: George Hawkins – General Manager, DC Water

Mr. Hawkins “is a game-changing general manager,” and is known coast to coast as a leader in water management.  He is an inspirational speaker and successfully promotes the value of water as well as the value of water service. 

Topics covered include:

  • Communicating about conservation in order to turn your customers into water savers and water utility advocates.
  • Examining water conservation benefits and pitfalls from the water utility perspective
  • Tools to reduce outdoor water use designed for the Gulf Coast region
  • How to measure and get a handle on loss at your utility
  • Case studies from Texas utilities on AMI from start to finish – planning, deploying and connecting customers to data
  • Leveraging the newly adopted PACE program for big savings in the ICI sector
  • Innovative outreach programs for education and water conservation

Symposium Agenda

8:00 – 8:45 Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 – 9:00 Welcome

9:00 – 10:00 Water Conservation in a Revenue Constrained World: How to Walk and Talk about Conservation and Investment

George Hawkins, CEO and General Manager, DC Water

10:00 – 10:45 Innovative Outreach for Education and H2O Conservation

Minecraft Water Challenge

James Ridgway, Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District

Galveston Bay Water Brigade

Paula Paciorek , Galveston Bay Foundation

Lizzie Jespersen, National Wildlife Federation

10:45 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 11:30 Saving Water Outdoors: Water My Yard Program for the Gulf Coast

Mike Turco, General Manager, Harris-Galveston Subsidence District

11:30 – 12:00 PACE Funding for Water Efficiency in the ICI Sector

Jonathon Blackburn, Texas PACE Authority

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch and Networking

1:00 – 1:45 Water Loss Control and Effective Utility Management

Steve Cavanaugh Jr., Cavanaugh & Associates

1:45 – 3:00 Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) – Utility Implementation and Customer Engagement

An Insider’s Story: Implementing an AMI System in Round Rock

Jessica Woods, City of Round Rock

Sharing AMI Data with Customers to Improve Water Use Awareness

Abby Owens, City of Plano

3:00 – 3:15 Wrap-up and Evaluations