AWWA International Symposium on Potable Reuse

WEF is proud to partner with AWWA on the International Symposium on Potable Reuse! This event will bring water industry professionals from around the world to discuss the most important and challenging issues associated with both direct and indirect potable reuse. The event is designed to engage attendees not simply as listeners in the audience, but also as active participants in facilitated discussions intended to foster collaboration, the exchange of ideas, and the advancement of the global discourse.

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Register before December 8, 2017, for the best rates!

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The International Symposium on Potable Reuse will be co-located with the International Symposium on Biological Treatment. We are offering a special discounted rate if you register for both.


Cancellation Policy: No refunds will be granted for cancelling. However, substitute registrants are welcome. Fax requests for substitutions to 303.347.0804 or email Customer Service


Who attends this symposium?

  • Water reuse, wastewater, and drinking water treatment professionals 
  • Water utility management and executives 
  • Local, state, and federal government agencies
  • Water quality specialists
  • Public affairs managers
  • Scientists & Researchers
  • Academics & Students
  • Industry Consultants


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Opening Plenary Session 
Monday 8:30 a.m. 
"Fifty Years of Pipe-to-Pipe DPR"

Hear from Pierre van Rensburg from the Windhoek Goreangab Operation Company, Namibia, the world's first, and thus far only, pipe-to-pipe direct potable reuse (DPR) facility. Learn about why DPR was originally utilized, the history of the treatment plant, the treatment processes used, ongoing initiatives for the plant, and what's in store for the future.  


Day 2 Plenary Session 
Tuesday 8:30 a.m. 
"Potable Reuse: Past, Present, and Future"
John Gaston, Michael Markus, Orange County Water District, Desmond Lawler, University of Texas at Austin 

Travel through time and learn about the past, present, and future of potable reuse, featuring America's original potable reuse experience in Chanute, Kansas in 1956.    


Conference proceedings

Conference proceedings will be available online to all registrants, approximately eight weeks after the conference for up to 6 months. A URL will be emailed to all attendees to access the proceedings. 


Conference proceedings

Full-conference attendees will receive an email with access to the proceedings URL approximately six weeks after the conference concludes.

Past conference proceedings can be purchased through the AWWA store or by contacting Customer Service at 800.926.7337.


International Symposium on Potable Reuse at-a-Glance

 Preliminary Schedule. Content is subject to change.
Sunday, January 21  
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration Open
Monday, January 22
7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Registration Open 
8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Opening Plenary Session
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Networking Break
10:30 a.m. - noon Technical Sessions
noon - 1:30 p.m. Networking Lunch (provided)
1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Technical Sessions
3:00 -
3:30 p.m.
Networking Break
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Technical Sessions
5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Networking Reception/Poster Session
Tuesday, January 23
7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration Open
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Day 2 Plenary Session 
9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Networking Break
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Technical Sessions
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch on your own 
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Technical Sessions
2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Networking Break
 2:45 - 4:15 p.m. Technical Sessions
 4:15 - 4:30 p.m. Networking Break
 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Closing Plenary Session


ALL EVENTS WILL TAKE PLACE AT:                                                              

AT&T Hotel and Conference Center
244 W 20th St.
Austin, TX 78705 

Book your room!

AWWA has negotiated a group room block rate of $214/night plus taxes. Includes in-room internet. Available until January 5th, or when block fills, whichever happens first.

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