The Resilience of the Water Sector

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Resilience is a strong emerging theme within the water sector. From long term water resource availability and water quality impacts of droughts, to the need for resilience against short lead time disruptive events such as floods and earthquakes. These types of events not only disrupt water sector infrastructure and operations, they also affect other infrastructure that a reliable water sector depends on. This includes electrical power supplies, telecommunications, and transportation as well as disruption to the supply chain and workforce. The impact of such events can be long lasting and far-reaching, affecting negatively on customers, the environment, and business performance. Ultimately, resilience is a significant business risk management as well as an infrastructure planning issue. This joint conference will explore ways in which the sector in its broadest terms is developing resilient systems, assets, and operations so that business continuity risk is well managed in the face of adverse conditions. The intention is to share experience from across the world covering: real life examples of lessons learned from major events; good response and recovery practices; and current activities that are strengthening resilience.

"This conference presents an unique opportunity to share the great resilience work underway in the United States.  WEF hopes agencies across the country submit abstracts highlighting their work.  We need to share the efforts underway such as developing the mapping scenarios, assessing vulnerabilities and developing adaptation plans, in addition to mitigation plans .  Flooding, earthquakes, aging infrastructure, climate change (SLR, changing storm patterns), financial resiliency, alternative thinking about project delivery--all so relevant.  Climate change has required different thinking and necessary regional collaboration in the planning and implementation." - Karen Kubick, Director of Wastewater Capital San Francisco Public Utilities Commission


Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 16 October 2017

Click here to download the Call for Abstracts

Conference Topics

Topic 1

Water Services resilience

 Topic 2

Resources recovery to strengthen resilience 

 Topic 3

Infrastructure investment, management and adaptation for resilience

 Topic 4

Sustainability of the water business including planning and managing for environmental, economic and workforce sustainability

Download the abstract form! You can submit your abstract via email by sending it to the conference secretariat with the filled in form.

Abstracts (at least one but no more than two full pages) should be structured with the following order: Title; Authors and Affiliations; Keywords (maximum of 5); Abstract text.



Program Committee

The program committee has the task to evaluate the submitted abstracts. It consists of water and environmental expters from both organizing associations (EWA, JSWA and WEF).


 Fabio Tatano (EWA ETSC Chairman)

Karen Kubick, PE (WEF Board of Truestees)

Mr. Masahiro Takahashi (Professor in Hokkaido University)


Committee Members: 

Toshio Shimada (WEF)

Hardeep Anand, P.E. (WEF)

Mr. Hiroyuki Fujimoto (JSWA)

Mr. Yosuke Matsumiya (JSWA)

Prof. Jiri Wanner (EWA)

Prof. Jörg Londong (EWA)

Károly Kovács (EWA)

Prof. Patrick Willems (EWA)

Prof. Peter Goethals (EWA)

Iva Vidakovic (EWA)

Florin Arimia (EWA)

Miklos Patziger (EWA)

Iain Blackwell (EWA)


Registration, hotel, and venue information coming soon.