Wednesday, March 27

9:00 AM


  • University of Texas Alternative Water Sources Tour

    Join University of Texas Sustainability Director Jim Walker for a walking tour to learn about UT’s extensive alternative water management strategies, including an innovative campus cooling system that recovers and reuses foundational groundwater, rainwater and even air condensate to cool buildings in the hot Texas sun. Using onsite, localized tech, UT saves more than 100 million gallons of potable water each year—over 30% of the water used on campus.

  • Water 101 Workshop

    Join the WaterNow team and some of our friends in the field for a water crash course specifically designed for elected leaders. This interactive workshop will cover water law, hydrology, alternative water sources, and local water financing. Experts will showcase best practices for communicating the value of water to your constituents and share tips for working effectively with utility staff. No questions are bad questions; water is complex, and we'll give you the confidence you need to take the lead on your city's water challenges. 

  • Community Water Fund Workshop (presented by The Nature Conservancy)

    Join The Nature Conservancy for an interactive discussion about the untapped potential for creating collaborative and solutions-oriented water funds in your communities. TNC defines a water fund as a watershed-scale organization with the mission to protection local source water through watershed restoration, reforestation, forest protection, wildfire prevention, smart agriculture, and other strategies. They involve a broad group of community stakeholders including NGOs, farmers, industry leaders, and municipalities. TNC has supported the development of water funds across the US. Participants will takeaway a greater understanding of the Global Water Fund program and the tools and resources they need to consider developing a water fund in their own community.

10:30 AM

registration opens

11:30 AM

Welcome to Tap into Resilience

  • Welcome, Kathie Tovo, Councilmember, Austin, TX

  • Video Welcome to Tap Into Resilience, U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman, Chair, Water, Power and Oceans Subcommittee

12:30 PM

Tap Into Connections: the waternow World café

Engage with decision makers, thought leaders, and innovators in the water space, and learn about WaterNow’s new Tap Into Resilience initiative and how it can benefit you and your community.

2:00 PM

The Future of Water Infrastructure

Every day, it seems like a new water challenge is making national headlines. Communities across the country are in uncharted territory and facing the growing effects of inadequate and aging infrastructure. It’s time for a water transformation. This session will bring together national thought leaders in water management, policy and government to explore the next wave of strategies for addressing these challenges at scale and building resilient communities. Together, we will write the next chapter in our water future.


  • Moderator: Felicia Marcus, Chair, California State Water Resources Control Board

  • Cooper Martin, Program Director - Sustainable Cities Institute, National League of Cities

  • Ann Bartuska, Director of Land, Water, and Nature Program, Resources for the Future

  • Ted Heniflin, General Manager, Hampton Roads Sanitation District

  • Kirsten Evans, Urban Water Project Director, The Nature Conservancy

3:30 PM

30 Ideas in 30 MInutes to reform your communication practices

Leading utility communication experts, the H2Duo, share their ever-evolving set of communication best practices for local leaders. Pulling from lessons learned from their conversations with thought leaders and experts, both inside and outside the water industry, they offer insight and tools for summit attendees to better speak to their constituents and create more impact in their communities.


  • Stephanie Zavala & Arianne Shipley, Co-Founders, Rogue Water and Water In Real Life Podcast

4:00 PM


Texas faces extreme water events. From disastrous flooding to severe droughts, Texas sees it all. This panel of Texas water experts will explore recent developments within the Lone Star State and highlight the rippling rewards provided by localized infrastructure investment. Speakers will also share details surrounding the City of Austin’s new Water Forward Program and the extraordinary collaboration that created it.


  • Sarah Rountree Schlessinger, Executive Director, Texas Water Foundation (Moderator)

  • Sharlene Leurig, CEO, Texas Water Trade

  • Jennifer Walker, Senior Program Manager, National Wildlife Federation, Texas

  • Prof. Robert Mace, Chief Water Policy Officer, Meadows Center for Water, Texas State Univ.

  • Kevin Crittendon, Assistant Director, Austin Water

5:00 PM

Pure Water Brew Happy Hour

Join us for sustainable beer made from 100% pure recycled water! The Pure Water Brewing Alliance is a collaboration of utilities, brewers, engineering firms, and technology companies. They’ll help close out Day 1 of Tap into Resilience by sharing their story over a few cold ones.


  • Travis Loop, Director of Communications, Water Environment Federation

6:00 PM

Impact Awards Reception & Dinner

Come cheers with your fellow water warriors and honor the 2019 WaterNow Impact Award winners, announced at this dinner reception. Our Impact Awards recognize champions who have gone above and beyond to make a meaningful impact in their community on water challenges. The evening offers the chance the unwind and network with a sea of leaders for inspiration on your next water initiative.