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Monday, July 17:

Committee on Water

10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Seabreeze

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

This meeting held in Harbor Island 3.

What do water reuse, wastewater treatment, and clean energy have in common?  Brewing beer of course.

(Joint Meeting with the Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment)

A desire to conserve water and utilize sustainable energy sources has paired with technological innovation to allow for unique approaches to water reuse, wastewater treatment, and clean energy recovery in the beer brewing industry. Local San Diego brewer Stone Brewing will discuss its conservation efforts, including its limited run beer made from recycled water and the City of San Diego will discuss the city's role in supporting Stone Brewing's objectives, and in turn its own sustainability efforts.

Moderator: Hon. John E. “Butch” Howard, South Carolina


Brent Eidson, Deputy Director of External Affairs, City of San Diego Public Utilities Department

David Schneider, Vice President Business Development Municipal & Commercial Business, Veolia North America

Tim Suydam, Senior Water Operations Manager, Stone Brewing

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Advancing Water Technology

Water and wastewater infrastructure repair and upgrades is an urgent and common need across the US. The funds to address these needs may be fall quite short leaving a funding gap. Smart technology however can provide an opportunity to close the gap where smart infrastructure can pinpoint and prioritize capital improvement processes yielding lower potential outlays and targeted use of capital. WaterStart, a Las Vegas-based nonprofit water technology incubator will discuss its efforts to assist in bringing technology to market and match innovative technology with unique utility needs.  SmartCover Systems, a San Diego-based company will discuss its products, which use technology to assess water and wastewater system conditions in real-time in order to prioritize capital improvement projects.

Moderator:  Hon. Mary-Anna Holden, New Jersey


Jay Boyd, Senior Vice President, SmartCover Systems

Rebecca Shanahan, Program Manager, WaterStart

2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Desalination as a Water Source

(Joint Session with the Task Force on Innovation)

Is desalination part of the solution for water shortages? The panel will discuss the technology behind desalination as well as the ongoing operation and cost recovery aspects of desalination. California American Water will provide an update on the progress of its Monterey Peninsula desalination project. The San Diego County Water Authority, which purchases the entire output of the largest desalination plant in the western hemisphere, located in Carlsbad, California, will discuss the technology of the Carlsbad plant and the public-private partnership aspects of the plant including the purchase agreement.

Moderator: Hon. Comer H. “Randy” Randall, South Carolina


Richard Svindland, President, California American Water

Bob Yamada, Director of Water Resources, San Diego County Water Authority

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Business Meeting

Items of Business of the Water Committee will be covered including discussion and action on Resolutions and approval of the minutes from the Winter Meetings. Additionally, updates from the various partners of the Water Committee will be given, including NAWC, NARUC, and NARUC's Rate School. Members of the Committee will also have time to brief the Committee on activities of interest in their State.

Tuesday, July 18:

10:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Seabreeze
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Beyond Lead: Emerging Contaminants and Meeting Customer Expectations

In the United States, a multi-barrier approach, consisting of source water protection, risk management through drinking water treatment and compliance based monitoring of the 90 plus regulated compounds in engineered storage and distribution systems, is used to protect public health from consumption of drinking water. Effectiveness can be enhanced by coupling the physical barriers with public education/communications. Despite this, recent events (e.g. Flint) were a stark reminder that changes in any one or more of the components in the multi-barrier approach can result in significant political, social, or public health impacts of acute (e.g. Legionella) or chronic (lead) nature. A holistic approach, leveraging enhanced monitoring, implementation of novel treatment strategies and/or infrastructure modernization, is needed to manage the public health impacts associated with drinking water associated exposure to existing and emerging contaminants derived from disparate sources of pollution. In water scarce regions where increased reliance on reclaimed water is necessary, this situation may be exacerbated further. Technologically, modernizing drinking water systems to address water quality issues is feasible, but deployment can be costly and often requires supportive regulatory and legislative mechanisms. This panel will examine the health risks of microbial and chemical contamination and explore possible regulatory and technological solutions.

Moderator: Hon. Daniel Y. Hall, Missouri


Zia Bukhari, Senior Scientist, American Water

Rob Renner, Chief Executive Officer, Water Research Foundation

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Ratemaking and Cloud Computing

As water utilities adopt various cloud computing services, regulators will have to determine how the costs of those services will be accounted for and treated in the ratemaking process. The panelists will discuss the issues regulators will face when determining the proper rate treatment of cloud computing costs.

Moderator: Hon. Sadzi M. Oliva, Illinois


John Farnkopf, Senior Vice President, HF&H Consultants, LLC

Jim Jenkins, Vice President, Regulatory and Public Policy, American Water

Danny Kermode, Assistant Director of Water and Transportation, Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission

2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Water Trading and Other Unique Approaches to Addressing Water Shortages and Shifts in Demand.

Can water trading and other unique approaches such as water banking serve as effective tools to address short-term water shortage situations and longer-term geographic shifts in demand? The panelists will discuss their experiences in trading, banking, and other unique mechanisms as well as discussing the potential for these mechanisms to expand in use and become more refined to address the many issues water providers are challenged with.

Moderator: Hon. Martha Guzman Aceves, California


Chuck Cullom, Colorado River Programs Manager, Central Arizona Project

Joseph Vanderhorst, Assistant General Counsel (retired), Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Scott Slater, Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Commissioners’ Roundtable

The Commissioners’ Roundtable is an opportunity for commissioners to have an open discussion regarding current issues, water utility trends, and ideas for the future of water utility regulation.