Fostering Public-Private Innovations in the U.S. Water Market - Wisconsin's Leadership

Regardless of urban or rural settings, citizen or business expectations, our nation requires safe drinking water and an infrastructure that can provide this resource for future generations. Hear from public and private leaders working across the U.S. to address our challenges, and how innovation in the water industry has brought new approaches and opportunities to Wisconsin’s economy.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017
9 - 11:30 AM (Eastern time)
Capitol Visitor's Center (SVC) 201-00, Washington D.C. 


Policy Makers, Congressional Staff, Administration Officials, Non-Governmental Organization Leaders, Industry Trade Groups

Milwaukee's skyline along Lake Michigan.


9:00 AM - Registration & Networking
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin

9:30 AM - Opening Remarks
Ajita Rajendra, Chairman & CEO, A.O. Smith 
Event Moderator: Dean Amhaus, President & CEO, The Water Council

9:45 AM - Safe Drinking Water
Regardless of urban or rural settings, citizen or business expectations our nation requires safe drinking water. Experts will discuss new innovative technologies that can assist in achieving this requirement and also outline the private, academic, and public partnership necessary to stimulate innovative technological solutions. 

Lee Forsgren, Deputy Assistant Administrator Office of Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Dr. Junhong Chen, Program Director Engineering Research Centers Program, U.S. National Science Foundation
Dave Averbeck, Chief Engineer Water Treatment, A.O. Smith

10:30 AM - Novel Water Infrastructure
Across the U.S. public and private leaders are working to address our nation’s infrastructure to meet current requirements and future expectations. With the vast majority of our citizens rarely thinking about water, stormwater and wastewater until it hits us personally, our “hidden” infrastructure is often lost in the discussion. Experts will outline novel water management approaches, innovative solutions and the necessity to invest in new technologies to meet our water infrastructure obligations.

Kevin Shafer, Executive Director, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
Doug Buch, CEO, PaveDrain 
Barry Liner, Director Water Science & Engineering Center, Water Environment Federation 

11:15 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. 

Rich Meeusen, President/Chairman/CEO, Badger Meter 

11:30 AM - Program Concludes

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