2016 Winter Conferece

Please Note:

We have sold out of our block at the Westin San Diego, however we have secured additional rooms at the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, which is located 5 blocks away from the host hotel.  This hotel is offering a discounted room rate of $199 per night (single/double) plus applicable taxes for NACWA Attendees.  Reservations must be made by Thursday, February 18th, while rooms are available.  To ensure a hotel room, contact the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter at 800.228.3000 and be sure to identify yourself as a NACWA Attendee.  If you have any questions, please contact Tina Kenia



As the clean water community moves beyond simple compliance with the Clean Water Act, the Water Resources Utility of the Future (UOTF) initiative continues to highlight how utilities are harnessing the resources and energy in wastewater.  At the same time the level of complexity of new regulations, and external challenges such as drought and climate change, are impacting day-to-day operations and threatening to limit the clean water community's ability to innovate.


NACWA's 2016 Winter Conference will explore increasing regulatory requirements and the external drivers that present compliance challenges and impact the sector's ability to move in the direction of the utility of the future.  Join us as we discuss some of the most daunting regulatory requirements facing the community including potential standards for viruses, nutrient controls, and peak flow management – coupled with continued pressure from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enforcement and environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs).  The approaches employed by EPA and other regulators – including imposing new, or amending existing, requirements through policy statements and guidance documents, instead of formal rulemaking – will also be explored.  All of this will be put into the context of the need for broader change.  Clearly, 45 years since the passage of the Clean Water Act (CWA), the accretion of regulatory requirements is now leading utilities to chase ever decreasing water quality gains for every dollar invested.


The Conference will also feature its first-ever The Smart Utility & the Promise of Big Data Roundtable a discussion among technology/solution providers and utility managers on the role of ‘big data’ and how real-time decision-making and data analysis can help utilities better address the growing list of requirements they must meet.


Make your plans today to join your colleagues for a conference sure to lend new perspective to your utility's approach to regulatory requirements, innovations, and data.


Hate choosing between NACWA's Winter Conference and The Utility Management Conference when planning February travel?
Problem solved!

In 2016, NACWA's Winter Conference and The Utility Management Conference are co-locating in San Diego – providing attendees the ability to benefit from both exceptional offerings and save time and money.  Join us for NACWA's Winter Conference, Back to the Basics . . . Will Compliance Concerns Derail Efforts to Innovate?, February 21 – 24 at the Westin San Diego external.link and The Utility Management Conference external.link, February 24 – 27 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront external.link.  We hope to see you there!


February 21

  • Board of Directors Committee Meetings
  • Board of Directors Meeting
  • Welcoming Reception

February 22

  • Committee Meetings
  • National Environmental Achievement Awards Ceremony & Reception

February 23

  • Plenary Session
  • Committee Meetings
  • Reception

February 24

  • GM Forum
  • Plenary Session