Inaugural NAWL Conference 2015
The inaugural North American Water Loss (NAWL) Conference was held on December 8th and 9th 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. The verbal and written feedback on the conference affirms that the conference was a resounding success. 501 delegates from 15 countries and 40 states and provinces in the U.S. and Canada joined together for this 2-day event, supported by IWA, to advance the Non-Revenue Water conversation in North America. 52% of the delegates represented water utilities.
Over the 2-day event, the program delivered 60 expert speakers in two Technical Session tracks and 5 Learning Modules, based on the foundation of the AWWA/IWA concepts and methods adopted by AWWA Water Loss Control Committee in 2003, and further developments since then. Some presentations were standing room only. The Exhibit Hall was sold out with 42 companies exhibiting their services and offerings for addressing Non-Revenue Water. Keynote speakers from Georgia to California brought resilient messages of support for advancing Non-Revenue Water in the North American Water industry.
Feedback during the conference was enthusiastic. The energy level remained high throughout, based on the strength of the technical content and the conference attendance. Many attendees commented how NAWL brought a level of content, networking and overall environment that surpassed any previous conference experience.
It is particularly pleasing for the LEAKSSuite website’s ethos of freely disseminating information on NRW management to see – other NRW Conference Organisers please note – that the NAWL Planning Committee has arranged for direct links to all of the Technical Program presentations to be freely available at NAWL 2015 Technical Presentations (Click on title to open)
Photographs, exhibitors, and even a video of the water loss song ‘Have a Little Help from My Friends can be found at NAWL 2015 Conference Photos
The NAWL planning committee is already looking ahead. NAWL 2017 will likely be sited in California, and is expected to be even more successful than this incredibly impactful inaugural event.
Thanks to Will Jernigan, P.E., Chair of the NAWL Planning Committee, for provision of the Summary Report at NAWL 2015 Conference Summary on which this blog is based.