preliminary agenda - ACWA

preliminary agenda - ACWA

General Information

ACWA’s 2012 Regulatory Summit

This workshop is designed to provide attendees with real,

relevant and timely information that can be taken back to the

attendee’s agency and put to use.

Hotel Information

A block of rooms has been reserved for ACWA at:

Doubletree by Hilton

One Doubletree Drive

Rohnert Park, CA 94928

For reservations call: (707) 584-5466

Please identify yourself as an ACWA Regulatory

Summit attendee to receive this special rate.

Single / Double Rate: $125

The cut-off date to receive this special rate is 5 p.m. (PST), July

22. Reservations made after that will be on a space and rate

availability basis.


Substitutions from the same organization are accepted.

A $25 handling fee will be applied. Substitution requests

should be submitted to by 4:30 p.m. (PST),

August 3, 2012. If you need to cancel, refund requests may

be made by phone, but must be confirmed in writing to the

ACWA office. A $50 handling fee will be charged on all

registration refunds and credit vouchers. No refunds will

be granted after 4:30 p.m. (PST), August 3.

Special Accommodations:

If you have a disability that may require accommodation to

assure your full participation, please contact Ellie Meek of the

ACWA staff at (916) 441-4545, or toll free at (888) 666-

2292 to discuss your needs.

ACWA guarantees satisfaction with its products and events.


9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Safe Drinking Water


10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Energy Committee

12:30 - 1 p.m. Working Lunch

1 - 3 p.m. Clean Water Subcommittee

3:15 - 4:45 p.m. MWH/EPA Region 9 UCMR3

Workshop (free to attendees)

5 - 7 p.m. Reception

Reception is sponsored by ACWA Region 1


8 - 9 a.m. Registration

Continental Breakfast

9 - 9:15 a.m. Welcome Remarks

9:15 - 10:15 a.m. Session 1 OR 2

Session 1: “Urban Water Management Plans:

What Have We Learned About Targets and


What is the current prognosis that California is going

to achieve the goals of 20 percent reduction in urban

use by 2020 How have urban water agencies addressed

target-setting and compliance requirements in

their Urban Water Management Plans What lessons

can we learn and what changes are indicated for the

2015 round of UWMPs

Session 2: “Agricultural Water Use Efficiency:

Implementing the New Measurement and


New regulations to measure and report agricultural

water, and to incorporate water use efficiency practices

in Efficient Water Management Plans (EWMPs)

are presenting costly challenges for water agencies


Hear how consulting agricultural engineer Grant Davids

is advising his client agencies regarding strategic

ways to address measurement and various tools that

can be used to address compliance. Grant will cover

the technical and tactical approaches to EWMPs and

recommendations to address the water pricing issue.

10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Break


10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Session 3 OR 4

Session 3: “Can We Make Conservation Water

Rate Structures Work”

Conservation water rate structures have been promoted

as a way to “send a price signal” that will encourage

customers to reduce water use. But as water

agencies grapple with reduced water sales revenues

and new needs to raise rates, are conservation water

rate structures working How are water agencies

addressing the balance between fixed and volumetric

charges Will possible revisions to the controversial

“water pricing” best management practice adopted by

the California Urban Water Conservation Council help

agencies achieve this difficult balance What water

rate-setting strategies have a track-record of success in

advancing water conservation policy objectives

Session 4: “Drip, Drip, Drip: The Link Between

Agricultural Use Efficiency and Sustainable

Groundwater Management”

As California’s agricultural operations continue to

move toward more efficient water use practices such

as drip irrigation systems, the underlying groundwater

basins are at risk for a variety of water quality problems

and the very real consequence that less water in

the fields will result in less water percolating into the

basin. Experts will discuss how agricultural water use

efficiency measures can affect groundwater recharge

and the concentration of certain contaminants in the

soil, and will highlight case studies where these issues

are already starting to affect the health of the crops

and the water supply.

11:30 a.m. - Noon Networking with Exhibitors

Noon - 1:30 p.m. Lunch

“The Great Water-Power Wake-Up Call”

Invited Speaker Craig Miller, senior editor for KQED’s

Climate Watch, shares insights from a recent multipart

series examining the link between water and

power and how it’s spurring state agencies and water

and electric utilities into action.

1:35 - 2:35 p.m. Session 5 OR 6

Session 5: “Impacts of Conservation on Water

Quality: How to Maintain High Quality Water In

Times of Reduced Demand and Increased Water


Delivering high-quality drinking water to customers is

the primary mission of water utilities across California

and the U.S. There are constant challenges to maintaining

high quality water in the distribution system,

one of which is increased water age due to reduced

consumption. Today, there are a number of reasons

for reduced consumption: temporary drought-related

restrictions, conservation resulting from higher wateruse

efficiency, and rate increases.

Fortunately, there are also a number of short-term operational,

intermediate-term operational/retrofit, and

long-term planning and design measures that a utility

can implement to mitigate the impacts of reduced

consumption and maintain high-quality water in the

distribution system. This presentation will discuss the

varying factors impacting reduced water demand and

present a toolbox of potential solutions for both drinking

water and wastewater systems.

Session 6: “Commercial, Industrial and

Institutional Best Practices: Taking it to the Next


A report that identifies water conservation best practices

that the commercial, industrial, and institutional

(CII) sector is using to reduce water use has been

prepared by the California Department of Water

Resources and the California Urban Water Conservation

Council, in consultation with a special task force

of CII-sector representatives. Now the focus will be on

water agencies to assess how their unique local mix

of CII water users can contribute to overall water use

reduction targets in coming years. Results will rely on

good water use information, and targeted outreach.

This session will provide ideas and tools that can be

used to enhance data reporting and build strategic

partnerships with CII water users in your community.

2:35 - 3:35 p.m. Session 7

Media Session: “Conservation Outreach in Tough

Times: How Do We Deliver the Message While

Rates Are Going Up”

The good news is Californians are using water more

efficiently. The bad news is water sales are down

while fixed costs are the same or increasing. Proposed

water rate increases leave customers wondering why

their good deeds are being rewarded with rate hikes.

Experts share ideas for messaging conservation and

water rate increases in a challenging environment.

3:35 - 4 p.m. Closing Remarks

Participants may qualify for up to 5.5 hours of California Department of Public Health water treatment/distribution contact hours.






ACWA’s 2012 Regulatory Summit

August 15, 2012 • Doubletree by Hilton • Rohnert Park, CA


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