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Speakers and sessions are subject to change. All events are at the hotel unless otherwise noted.


Wednesday | June 21, 2017

4:00-6:00 p.m.


6:30-8:30 p.m.
Welcome Networking Reception/Dinner
Sponsored by UtiliWorks

Reconnect with old friends and make new ones at the opening reception.  There will be plenty of time to eat, drink, and network.

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Thursday | June 22, 2017

7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

7:30–8:15 a.m.
Sponsored by McCain Waterworks Marketing, LLC

8:15–8:30 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction

Michael Thane, President TMUA, Director of Utilities, City of Round Rock

8:30–9:15 a.m.
From Trainee to Senior Tech – Going Beyond Professional Helpers!
Training programs create a workforce of professionals and help retain workers. Developing employee job skills through a well-documented training and progression program keeps them motivated and engaged in their job. We will take a step by step approach to assessing and addressing training needs and ways to promote employee training and development.

Speaker: Casey Lane , Safety and Training Coordinator, City of Georgetown
Handout 1
Handout 2

9:30–10:15 a.m.
Putting Your Best Foot Forward:  How to Prepare for a Successful Inspection
Sponsored by Tank Industry Consultants

This presentation will discuss procedures that utility professionals can do to properly prepare for an annual inspection of their water/wastewater facilities.
Speaker: Lynn Short, President, LSPS Solutions, LLC

10:15–10:45 a.m.
Networking Break with Exhibitors

10:45–11:30 a.m.
Closing the Gaps in Water Loss Measurement and Reporting
Sponsored by ElectSolve Technology Solutions & Service, Inc.

Water loss is a valuable indicator of the health of a water distribution system, if measured and reported correctly.  If the measurement process is incorrectly coordinated within the organization it can lead to grossly misrepresented water loss totals.  We will present how we audited and closed the gaps in our water loss measurement and reporting process.  These improvements provided us with more confidence in our water loss measurement results.

Speaker: Mike Stasny, GISP, Technical Services Manager, Georgetown Utility Systems

11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
85th Texas Legislative Session and Related Rules:  Impacts on Municipal Water Utilities
This session will provide a brief summary of water utility legislation passed by the 85rd session of the Texas Legislature and significant initiatives that did not pass. Related rulemaking will also be discussed.

Speaker: Heather Cooke, Government Relations, Austin Water

12:30–2:00 p.m.
Lunch and Keynote
Sponsored by Performance Services

Making a Difference
Few things affect a community as profoundly as how utilities are managed.  Yet few things are as easy for citizens to take for granted because the most important work is behind the scenes.  This dynamic and upbeat session will focus on the noble calling of public service, even when you are taken for granted, and will help you inspire your team to continue delivering excellence, even when no one notices.

Speaker: Ron Holifield, Chief Executive Officer, Strategic Government Resources

2:15–3:00 p.m.
EPA’s Priority Focus on Sanitary Sewers and Proactive Strategies to Maintain Compliance
Many water utilities in Texas are being reviewed as part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) national enforcement initiative on sewer overflows.   This emphasis, coupled with the large wet weather storm events over the last few years, has resulted in multiple Texas utilities receiving enforcement and compliance measures.  This presentation looks at regulatory drivers and enforcement focus areas and proactive strategies that has been employed to maintain compliance with EPA including, CMOM (Capacity, Management, Operations and Maintenance) programs, SSO tracking/benchmarking and communication plans.

A phased approach will be presented that allows a Water Utility to assess where it stands currently with its wastewater system, what actions are needed immediately, and what programs are needed longer term requiring budgeting and capital improvement planning.  The CMOM development process is strongly recommended by EPA to help a water utility capture existing needed wastewater activities, leverage best practices and to identify new programs that should be initiated.

Speakers: Thomas Haster, P.E., Vice President, Freese and Nichols, Inc. and Todd Reck, P.E. Director of Utilities, City of Irving

2:45–3:30 p.m.
Networking Break with Exhibitors

3:30–5:15 p.m.

Open Forum

A facilitated discussion with the members sharing what does and doesn’t work in water conservation.  Topics will include:

  • Mandatory irrigation schedules
  • Leak detection
  • Advanced metering
  • Toilet/shower head giveaways
  • Irrigation audits

Facilitator:  Glenn Dishong, Utility Director, City of Georgetown

5:15–6:00 pm
Free Time

6:00–9:00 p.m.
Dinner and Game Show
Dinner sponsored by Garver

Enjoy a fun and relaxing evening with dinner and drinks, followed by a game show that is equal parts “Family Feud,” “Minute to Win It” and a traditional pub quiz.  What a great way to to end the day, network and test your knowledge!

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Friday | June 23, 2017

7:30–9:00 a.m.

8:00–9:00 a.m.
Breakfast, Business Meeting, Awards, Scholarships

9:00–10:30 a.m.
Meeting Demand With New Water in the 21st Century
Sponsored by Ferguson Enterprise, Inc.

Overview:  Jon Comola, Founder, Texas Water Roundtable
As Texas continues to grow our demands for many natural resources such as water will be taxed. Municipalities are on the front line in planning and implementing strategies that ensure the long term supply of water.  Today there are many types of water resources; reuse, desal, acquifer storage, etc. Understand how these strategies and the technologies behind them are being deployed is the focus of this segment.

Panelists:  Donovan BurtonVice President, Water Resources & Government Relations, San Antonio Water System (SAWS); Sharlene Leurig, Project Director, Texas Environmental Flows Project; Ericka Mancha, Manager Innovative Water Technologies Group, Texas Water Development Board; Randy Moss, Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director, AON Risk Solutions, Lloyd Potter, Director, Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research (IDSER); and Wiley Stem, Deputy City Manager, City of Waco

10:30 a.m.
Closing and Adjournment

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