AZ Water Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization founded in 1928 with a membership of 2,100 water/wastewater professionals dedicated to preserving and enhancing Arizona's water environment. Although AZ Water is an independent organization, it also serves as the Arizona section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the Arizona member association of the Water Environment Federation (WEF).
During our annual conference AZ Water provides value to our members by offering a three-day program designed to provide professional development, continuing education, and technology transfer to support our vision of “a vibrant Arizona through safe, reliable water”. Attendees at our conference have the following opportunities:
Phoenix City Councilwoman, District 1
Welcome RemarksWednesday, May 3rd at 8 AM
Phoenix City Councilwoman Thelda Williams, District 1
Councilwoman Thelda Williams represents Phoenix residents in District 1, the north west portion of the city that runs from Northern Avenue to New River Road. She has served on the Council since 2008 and was re-elected in 2015 to a third four-year term. Previously, she served on the Council from 1989 to 1996 and as interim mayor in 1994. Councilwoman Williams currently serves on three Phoenix City Council Subcommittees and including serving as chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee. She represents Phoenix on 10 outside boards, committees and councils including president of the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association.
Living Lands & WatersWednesday, May 3rd at 8 AM
Chad Pregracke is the internationally named 2013 CNN Hero of the Year, founder and president
of Living Lands & Waters; a nonprofit river cleanup organization, author and professional public
speaker. He is proof one person can make a difference.
Best known for starting out as a young man in East Moline, Illinois wanting a cleaner waterway,
Chad has become the champion for the Mississippi River. Growing up on its banks, he worked
as a commercial shell diver during his early years, experiencing the river from the bottom up.
Sometimes spending 10 hours a day in the depths and current of the pitch black waters, he
crawled nearly 150 miles of the river bottom over six years. Chad saw its beauty and was
frustrated by the neglect. At the age of 17, he decided to clean it up. Twenty two years later,
Chad and his Living Lands & Waters crew have organized and led over 900 cleanups on 23 rivers
in 20 states and removed an estimated eight million pounds of garbage. Chad had an idea that
evolved into a movement that has helped to restore one of America’s greatest icons, the
Chad has been recognized by former President, George W. Bush as a national “Point of Light.”
He received a standing ovation at the Kennedy Center from all four living former U.S. Presidents
for his inspirational message on dreaming big, taking action, persevering, leading and
collaborating. He has been the keynote speaker for college graduations, business conferences
and events, classrooms, nonprofit organizations and more. Named “America’s Hardest Working
Person” by Mitchum, Chad’s enthusiasm, sense of humor and passion amplifies his story and
entertains audiences. Ultimately, his message inspires people to believe they can make a
Chad currently lives and works with his wife Tammy dividing their time between life on the
Teamwork barge and their home in East Moline, IL.
Somebody’s Gotta Do It
Wednesday, May 3rd at 3 PM
Immediate Past President
Paul Bowen is the 2016-17 Immediate Past President of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of water quality professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Va.
Paul is currently the Director, Environmental Sustainability for The Coca-Cola Company. In this role he leads a multidisciplinary program that reaches across the Coca-Cola system. He is responsible for delivering on company commitments in water, energy, climate, and packaging recovery. His team helps embed environmental sustainability across all Coca-Cola System operations. He serves as a technical expert for developing water reuse with corporate quality standards and as a subject matter expert on water and wastewater treatment issues.
Prior to his position with The Coca-Cola Company, Paul was an assistant professor in the School of Civil Engineering & Environmental Science at the University of Oklahoma and Vice-President and Senior Staff Consultant for Metcalf & Eddy.
A WEF member since 1977, Paul has held multiple leadership and committee roles within WEF. He currently serves as the vice chair of the Committee Leadership Council. He has served on the Program Committee as both chair and vice chair as well as served as a member and chair of the Residuals & Biosolids Technical Symposium, Industrial Wastes Technical Symposium and the Research Symposia. Paul was also chair of the Committee Leadership Council’s Delivery Focus Group and a member of the Public Affairs & Communications and Industrial Wastes Committees. In addition, he has served as a literature review author for the Residuals & Biosolids and Industrial Wastes committees.
Also an active member of the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP), Paul has served as a member and chair of GAWP’s Program Committee and a member of the Industrial Waste Committee. His other professional affiliations include: the American Water Works Association, the American Society Of Civil Engineers, the International Water Association, and the International Society of Beverage Technologists. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for WEF’s Charity of Choice, Water For People.
Paul received his B.S. in natural systems (chemistry and biology) from Mercer University (Macon, Ga.) in 1975, and his M.S. (1976) and Ph.D. (1982) in environmental systems engineering from Clemson University (Clemson, S.C.).
Thursday, May 4th at 4 PM
American Water Works Association
Mitch Kannenberg is an Associate Vice-President for Leggette, Brashears & Graham, Inc. in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he has been employed since 2003. Mitch joined AWWA in 1999 and has been an active member in the South Dakota Section of AWWA since that time.
Involved in many of the Section’s committee, Mitch has served as the Technical & Education Chair, Administrative and Policy Chair and the South Dakota Section Chair. He has served as the South Dakota Section Director on the AWWA Board of Directors since 2015. He received the Fuller Award in 2011.
Mitch is also a member of the National Groundwater Association, the South Dakota Association of Environmental Professionals, and the South Dakota Water & Wastewater Association. He holds a MS and BS in geological engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.
Water For People
Friday, May 5th at 8 AM
Vicky Andersen is the Community Engagement Manager for Water For People, an NGO that envisions a world where every person has access to reliable and safe drinking water and sanitation. Vicky has been with Water For People for nearly 5 years and lives and works out of the San Francisco Bay Area, while the organization is headquartered out of Denver. The majority of Vicky’s family was born and raised in northern India, giving her a vested interested in Water For People’s goal to end the global water crisis. Vicky has been to the field and seen Water For People’s Peru and India programming in action.
Prior to joining the nonprofit sector, Vicky spent nearly 10 years working in various roles within corporate law with focuses on immigration, mergers & acquisition and intellectual property. Vicky is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.
Central Arizona Project
Friday, May 5th at 10 AM
The Central Arizona Project is Arizona's largest renewable water supply, transporting and delivering approximately one-half of Arizona's Colorado River apportionment to the interior of the state.
Ted was appointed General Manager in March 2016, reporting to the Board of Directors and responsible for carrying out the Board's policy directives and overseeing all operational aspects of CAP. Previously, he was Interim General Manager and Deputy General Manager, Finance and Administration. Ted joined CAP in 1999.
Ted's 35+ year career in utilities, technology, finance and operations has also included positions at Xerox Corporation, Luz International Limited, the world's pioneer commercial solar thermal power developer and operator, and OESI Power Corporation, a binary geothermal power developer and operator.
Ted has earned a B.S. in Physics from Loyola Marymount University, an MBA in Operations Management and Management Science from UCLA and a DBA in Management from California Coast University, and holds a number of professional certifications and graduate certificates in the areas of leadership and management, organizational strategy, business management, finance and accounting, risk management, fraud prevention, government finance, and information technology.
AZ Dept. of Water Resources
Friday, May 5th at 10 AM
Clint Chandler is the Assistant Director for the water planning and permitting division of the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR). This division provides the department’s primary planning and policy functions for the management of the State’s water supplies. Prior to joining ADWR, Clint was U.S. Senator Jeff Flake’s Metro Phoenix and Greater Arizona Regional Director. He has also served as Field Director for U.S. Senator Jon Kyl for the final four years of the Senator’s third term, and has also served several stints on Senator Pete V. Domenici’s Capitol Hill staff and his New Mexico State staff. Clint has also acted as the Vice-President of business advocacy and government relations for the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce and was employed as the principal budget analyst for the New Mexico Republican Caucus. He is an honors graduate of the University of New Mexico.
Friday, May 5th at 10 AM
Tim Thomure is the Director of Tucson Water, providing potable and reclaimed water service to 720,000 people in southern Arizona. Tucson is widely recognized for its industry-leading water conservation ethic and a resilient water supply portfolio that provides water reliability to a desert region. Tucson has a prime interest in the Colorado River, holding the largest M&I subcontract for CAP water in the state. Tim is a licensed PE with 23 years of experience working in public utilities, private industry, and consulting. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Arizona. He serves on the Board of Trustees for the AZ Water Association (AWWA / WEF), is Past President of WateReuse Arizona, and serves on the National Board of the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF).
Salmon, Lewis & Weldon, PLC
Friday, May 5th at 10 AM
Paul is a fourth-generation Arizonan who lives on and helps manage (as President of Orme Ranch, Inc.)
the family ranch in Yavapai County which his grandfather founded in 1929 along with the Orme
School. Paul is an attorney who primarily represents agricultural-based clients such as irrigation and
electrical districts located primarily in central Arizona. He has also represented individual ranchers and farmers on water-related matters. He is a third-generation member of the Arizona Cattle Growers Association and is also affiliated with the Family Farm Alliance.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LP
Friday, May 5th at 10 AM
Jason T. Hauter advises clients regarding American Indian law and policy as Senior Council for Akim Gump
Practice & Background
Mr. Hauter primarily represents Indian tribes and tribally owned enterprises on a variety of matters including federal policy, Indian water rights, Indian gaming, land into trust, economic development and environmental regulation.
From 2002 - 2010 Mr. Hauter served as in-house counsel for the Gila River Indian Community, advising the community on many diverse issues that included economic development, construction, labor and Indian employment preference, taxation, and internal policy. Also in this capacity, Mr. Hauter represented the Wild Horse Pass Development Authority, a tribal enterprise responsible for managing the community’s non-gaming hospitality and entertainment ventures.
Mr. Hauter received his J.D. in 2002 from the University of New Mexico School of Law, where he was a founding member and editor of the Tribal Law Journal.
Mr. Hauter is a member of the Gila River Indian Community.
Kyl Center for Water Policy
Panel Discussion Facilitator
Friday, May 5th at 10 AM
The Kyl Center promotes research and collaboration to build consensus-supported water policy solutions for Arizona and the West.
Current projects focus on municipal water resilience, developing Arizona’s future water leaders and finding ways to resolve claims in Arizona’s four-decades-long water rights lawsuits.
My parents really wanted me to be an engineer or a scientist. Somehow, I wound up with a law degree.
Sarah Porter is the inaugural director of the Kyl Center for Water Policy at Arizona State University's Morrison Institute for Public Policy. Established in 2014, the Kyl Center promotes research, analysis, collaboration and open dialogue to build consensus in support of sound water stewardship solutions for Arizona and the West. Sarah came to the Kyl Center from the National Audubon Society, where she served as the Arizona state director and led Audubon's Western Rivers Project, a multistate initiative to protect and restore important river habitats in the Intermountain West. Before joining the staff of Audubon in 2006, Sarah spent fourteen years as an attorney in private practice, specializing in complex commercial litigation. She serves on Governor Ducey’s Water Augmentation Council, University of Arizona's Water Resources Research Center's External Advisory Council, the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board, Phoenix’s Environmental Quality and Sustainability Commission and several other community boards. A native of Phoenix, Sarah received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and her J.D. from Arizona State University College of Law. In January, Sarah was named by the Arizona Republic as one of “Sixteen Arizonans to Watch in 2016.”
Are you passionate about water? Do you enjoy beer? The Southwest Water Campus winning entry for the Arizona Water Innovation Challenge offers a unique opportunity to engage citizens throughout our state on the topic of water quality, water supply, water recycling and more importantly, potable reuse. With support from the Arizona Community Foundation, our team of water professionals is creating a mobile potable water purification facility for demonstrating the full potential for potable reuse in Arizona communities in need. Our demonstration project will establish a performance based reference facility that is needed for assisting ADEQ in addressing public perception and demonstrating protection of public health.
Our biggest challenge will not be technological, but public perception of potable reuse. Our project will tackle this key issue by launching public discussions about water in every county throughout Arizona in towns, cities, and tribes. Our refreshingly unique, educational approach for engaging communication, public opinion, and ultimately public acceptance will be through a friendly competition we call the ‘Pure Water Brew Challenge’. The ‘Pure Water Brew Challenge’ will partner municipal wastewater treatment facilities with their local commercial brewers to begin statewide public discussions about water quality and the safety of potable reuse. Our mobile water purification facility will tour the state via high profile, public relations events producing bottled water and engaging local brewers to craft their finest beers from purified water which will culminate in a highly publicized, ‘Pure Water Brew Challenge’ competition coinciding with the 32nd Annual WateReuse Symposium in Phoenix on September 12, 2017.
Phoenix Convention Center, South Building
33 South 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
All conference technical sessions and exhibits will be held at the South Building of the Phoenix Convention Center. The South Building offers a single level, self-contained experience for our conference participants, which translates to no need for elevators or long walkways between sessions or events. The Phoenix Convention Center is located in the heart of downtown where you can enjoy the 90th Annual AZ Water Conference & Exhibition and explore the city. Whether you are new to Phoenix or perhaps in your own backyard, you can enjoy new sights, new sounds and new culinary delights within a short walk or quick ride from the conference venue. The METRO Light Rail is an easy and convenient way to travel to and from the Phoenix Convention Center. AZ Water has made arrangements for each attendee to receive a FREE parking voucher with conference registration.
91st Annual AZ Water Conference & Exhibition
May 2 – 4, 2018
Phoenix Convention Center
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - Friday, May 5, 2017 8:00 AM - 3:00 PMUS Mountain Time
Phoenix Convention Center, South Building33 South Third StreetPhoenix, Arizona 85004602.262.7272
AZ Water Conference
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