Wednesday, March 27

9:00 AM


Registration opens at 8:30am for those participating in morning programs

  • 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. (Meet in lobby area outside of Salon C, wear comfortable walking shoes)

  • 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.  (Located in Salon C)

  • Community Water Fund Workshop - presented by The Nature Conservancy

    Join the Nature Conservancy for a hands-on workshop to explore the potential for creating collaborative and solutions-oriented approaches to source water protection in your communities and around the world by establishing a Water Fund.  While a few lucky municipalities have fully-protected source watersheds, most rely on source watersheds that feature a wide variety of human activities that impact water quality. Water Funds are a source water protection approach that combines multi-stakeholder collaboration and financing at watershed scales to protect source water through watershed restoration, reforestation, forest protection, wildfire prevention, smart agriculture, and other strategies. To date, the Nature Conservancy has catalyzed and supported the development of 35 water funds across the US and globally, collectively generating more than $500m in public and private funding for source water protection actions. In this workshop, Nature Conservancy staff, partners and workshop participants will collectively bring their expertise and ideas to bear through presentations and facilitated small-group discussions focused on specific challenges. Participants will take away a greater understanding of the Water Fund approach and the tools and resources available for developing a water fund in their own community. (Located in Conference Room 301)

10:45 AM

registration opens + Lunch - sponsored by Public finance authority

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

12:00 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, California State Water Resources Control Board

  • Cooper Martin, National League of Cities

  • Ann Bartuska, Resources for the Future

  • Ted Heniflin, Hampton Roads Sanitation District

  • Kirsten Evans, The Nature Conservancy

3:15 pm

Break - sponsored by Flume

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, 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, Texas Water Foundation (Moderator)

  • Sharlene Leurig, Texas Water Trade

  • Jennifer Walker, National Wildlife Federation, Texas

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

  • Kevin Crittendon, 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.


  • Patrick Dube, Water Environment Federation

6:00 PM

Impact Awards Reception & Dinner - sponsored by Raftelis

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. (Reception begins at 6pm, Dinner served at 7pm)

The Iron Cactus
606 Trinity Street,
Austin, TX78701