Building an Innovative Future for Water Policy & Technology in America

When we think of water innovation, we often think only of the products and technologies. When we discuss water policy, we tend to overlook that water crosses into every industry, delivering economic, social and environmental impacts across the nation and world. 

This mini Water Leaders Summit brings together public and private leaders working across industries around the world to examine innovations in both industry and government to help meet our nation’s water policy and technology challenges and opportunities.

“Innovation need not be an entirely new technology or concept; novel combinations and innovative ideas for improvements on current technologies and systems, all have a part to play.” 
- European Innovation Partnership for Water


Thursday, April 26, 2018
8:00 - 10:30 AM (ET)

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Room 215
Washington, D.C. 


Congressional Staff, Administration Officials, NGO leaders, Industry Trade groups


8:00 AM - Registration & Networking

8:30 AM - Opening Remarks

Dean Amhaus
, President & CEO, The Water Council (Event Moderator)
Ajita Rajendra, Chairman & CEO, A. O. Smith Corporation

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin

8:45 AM - Water Infrastructure

Andrew Sawyers, Director of Wastewater Management, EPA
Ryan Seiger, Democratic Staff Director, House Transportation & Infrastructure Committees's Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee
Andrew Harding, Majority Counsel, United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
Barry Liner, Director Water Science & Engineering Center, Water Environment Federation (Moderator)

9:30 AM - The quiet disruptors: How private industry is taking on water challenges

Whether it’s a power plant, sports arena, dairy producer or electronics manufacturing plant, time is of the essence for private industry when addressing water challenges within their operations. Hear how industry leaders have adapted innovative solutions and strategies that could spur ideas for improvements to our public water system.

Pat Cardiff, Director of Manufacturing Process InnovationGrande Cheese Company
Patrick ReganSenior Director of Corporate Accounts, Evoqua Water Technologies LLC
Charles Fishman, author of “The Big Thirst” and Fast Company contributor (Moderator)

10:15 AM - How Wisconsin is Leading the Way

As the leading U.S. water cluster, the Milwaukee region’s businesses, utilities, government agencies, education programs and non-profits, with valuable services, programming and networking opportunities have built one of the most powerful water technology hubs in the world. Led by The Water Council and vigorous public-private partnerships, Wisconsin is creating a powerful and unique international success story, with far-reaching ripple effects across the nation and world. Hear how innovation in the water industry has brought new approaches and opportunities to Wisconsin’s economy. 

Rich Meeusen, President/CEO/Chairman, Badger Meter, Inc.
Jim Stern, Executive VP, General Counsel, and Secretary, A. O. Smith Corporation 

10:30 AM - Program Concludes

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