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Don't Miss - 2019 Next Generation Water Summit

by Doug Pushard

Keynoter: Jonathan Overpeck

It is time to plan a trip to beautiful Santa Fe, NM for the 3rd Annual Next Generation Water Summit (NGWS). This year’s event, like the previous ones, will feature some of the most notable water speakers in the country. Additionally, it will feature a host of workshops and networking events.

The NGWS is a regional forum that brings together developers, builders, architects, water utility, and water professionals to share best practices and learn of the best water conservation and water reuse practices from around the southwest. The southwest with it’s growing population, large dependency on ground water and it’s propensity for drought is very unique and progressive in it’s water management policies and practices. The NGWS brings together leaders throughout the southwest to discuss ongoing efforts to improve as well as brainstorm new programs and practices.

Dr. James White, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, University of Colorado at Boulder will address the Next Generation Water Summit on June 12th. Dr. White’s keynote address, “Climate Change – The Tipping Point and the Economic Impact”. Paula Kehoe, Director of Water Resources, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) will outline the inventive water reuse programs in San Francisco and her efforts to get practices like these adopted in other locales on June 13th; and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), a long-time advocate for New Mexico’s acequias and traditional lands, will give the keynote address on June 14th.

Some of the experts scheduled to present June 12th – 13th include:

Dr. Rolston St. Hilaire, Professor & Department Head at New Mexico State University;

Bill Hoffman of H.W. Hoffman & Associates and father of commercial water audits;

Art Ludwig, founder of Oasis Design and father of modern greywater systems;

Mary Ann Dickinson, Executive Director of the Alliance for Water Efficiency.

June 14th will be New Mexico Day, and includes a raffle of a rainbarrel, kids’ fun events, a tour of Santa Fe Community College’s new greenhouse facility, and a “Careers in Water” track.

As with past NGWS, this year’s event will host a wide range of water certification courses before and after the Summit. This year’s workshops include: Greywater Basics, Water Efficiency Rating Score (WERS)® Verifier and Consultant training, Commercial Water Auditor Training, Hotel Water Audits, QWEL Landscape training, and several others. This is the first time several of these courses will be presented and are open to professionals and students.

Detailed information about NGWS and workshops can be found at:


The Next Generation Water Summit brings together the building and development community, water reuse professionals and water policymakers in a collaborative setting to share best practices and learn about innovative water conservation and water reuse techniques that can be used to comply with water conservation restrictions spreading across the Southwest.





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