Modernizing Water Infrastructure

Technology is revolutionizing the way the water industry manages their infrastructure. This workshop brings together leading industry experts to discuss state-of-the-art technologies and management best practices that utilities are using to optimize water distribution.

May 17, 2018
Target groups: skilled tradesmen, engineers, technicians, decision makers, professionals in water management
Category: Workshop


George Hawkins, recently retired CEO of DC Water, professor, environmentalist and long-time public servant, will present his thoughts on how the management of water can be transformed to better meet the needs of the community while ensuring water affordability. After Mr. Hawkins’ opening address, the following water industry leaders will present:

  • Arturo Acevedo, Section Manager at Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) will present “Pipe Integrity Strategies – WSSC, 100 Years and Counting

  • Jody Caldwell, Asset Management Director from Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) will discuss how GLWA is building their asset management program from the (under)ground up in his presentation “A Clean Slate for Asset Management

  • Mike Higgins, SVP of Xylem’s Pure Technologies business will discuss “Buried Infrastructure Philosophies for Success

  • Bridget Berardinelli, VP for Product Management and Continuous Improvement at Xylem, will present “Distributed Sensing and Real-time Control

  • Kristen Smith, Xylem, will present “Smart Metering and Analytics to Generate Real Results

  • Susan Donnally, Area Regional Manager for Xylem’s Pure Technologies, will discuss advanced technologies and practices to “Manage Large Diameter Transmission Mains

  • Vice President of Xylem’s Pure Analytics Travis Wagner will present innovative approaches that can be applied to manage small diameter networks

  • Frank Blaha (invited guest speaker), regional liaison for The Water Research Foundation, will discuss initiatives to improve innovation in the water industry

Albert Cho, Vice President and General Manager of Advanced Infrastructure Analytics at Xylem, said, “Technology is revolutionizing the way the water industry manages their infrastructure. This workshop will feature industry thought leaders discussing groundbreaking solutions to managing water infrastructure. Our goal is to provide attendees with actionable insights and management best practices that can be used within their organizations and put to good use.”

In addition to the presentations, there will be roundtable discussions featuring utility leaders Jay Mantua (WSSC) and Jay Price (Baltimore City) on recent extreme weather events and how utilities managed through these occurrences.

The full-day workshop is designed to provide water infrastructure professionals with insights about new operating models and state-of-the-art technologies available today that are revolutionizing water and wastewater management. There will also be demonstrations of some of the latest advanced technologies and tools.

All sessions of the live workshop will be available via webinar.
DoubleTree by Hilton
15101 Sweitzer Lane
MD 20707 Laurel
United States
Target language English


Xylem Inc.

1 International Drive

NY 10573 Rye Brook

United States




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