Summit on California Drought Draws Capacity Crowd

Achievement date: 
2015
Outcome/accomplishment: 

Nearly 200 water-environment professionals, academics, scientists, and government leaders attended a California Drought Summit in May 2015, co-hosted by the Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Re-inventing the Nation's Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt), an NSF-funded center with headquarters at Stanford University. The summit was held in collaboration with the California Water Environment Association and WateReuse California.

Impact/benefits: 

The summit presented to regulators and legislators the value of new water partnerships for California and technological capabilities of direct-potable reuse. Held in California’s state capital, Sacramento, the summit also discussed regulatory opportunities to expand recycled water use as a locally sustainable long-term water supply for California

Explanation/Background: 

The event drew a capacity crowd of water-resources managers, engineers, and legislative staff. The workshop also highlighted collaborative research led by ReNUWIt that focused on identifying and developing more sustainable solutions to urban water use, reuse, and water infrastructure management.

ReNUWIt researchers Richard Luthy and David Sedlak worked with CWEA President Eric Hansen to design the program and were Master of Ceremonies and Keynote Speaker, respectively.