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Water and wastewater professionals from across the globe will gather in the Windy City next month for the American Water Works Association's (AWWA) 135th Annual Conference & Exposition (ACE16).

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Water and wastewater professionals from across the globe will gather in the Windy City next month for the American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) 135th Annual Conference & Exposition (ACE16). The convention will take place June 19-22 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill., and is one of the leading events in the water industry.

The program will bring together over 12,000 industry leaders to network and learn together during educational workshops, sessions and facility tours designed to address the most pressing issues water professionals face today. On the exhibit hall floor, more than 500 companies will showcase their latest products and services, and give conference attendees the chance to meet with multiple vendors in one space.

The exhibit hall will feature the latest products and services in the water and wastewater industry for aeration, biosolids handling, groundwater treatment, laboratory services, management systems, metering, monitoring, pipes, pumps and safety equipment, and much more.

With a focus on innovation, AWWA has again partnered with ImagineH2O to present the Innovation Lounge (Booth 2457), showcasing the latest in water technology, including specialty educational sessions on the value of startups, financing innovations, and more.

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In addition to the exposition, educational opportunities at ACE16 include 19 professional tracks, 111 sessions and six Sunday workshops. The professional program will focus on major water sector issues such as lead service line management, financing water infrastructure programs, developing robust asset management programs, addressing water loss in distribution systems, responding to harmful algal blooms in surface water, and implementing potable reuse solutions. All of the professional tracks are eligible for continuing education credits, offering 3.1 CEUs, or 31 contact hours, depending upon the state.

On Wednesday only, a special day of programming designed for smaller utilities will start with morning technical sessions focused on internal utility issues such as asset management, water loss control, cross-connection control, rates for small systems, financing opportunities, as well as strategies for communicating with your own board members. Lunch and access to the exhibit hall is included, followed by afternoon technical sessions focused on external utility issues.

Tuesday’s Keynote address, “An Exploration of What Happened in Flint, Michigan,” begins at 8:00 a.m. and will focus on the issues surrounding lead in drinking water and upcoming revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule. Eric Rothstein, member of the Flint Water Advisory Task Force and Principal of the Galardi Rothstein Group, will discuss findings from the Task Force report submitted to Governor Snyder earlier this year. Rothstein will share details from the report, recent updates, and what the path forward looks like for the water utility and the community.

Exhibit Floor Hours

❱❱ Monday, June 20

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

❱❱ Tuesday, June 21

9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

❱❱ Wednesday, June 22

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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