This will be the first of a three-part series updating attendees what is in store for them at the 6th Emerging Water Technology Symposium.

Previously called the International Emerging Technology Symposium, the EWTS has been renamed to better associate the event with water- and plumbing-related issues. This biennial event continues to provide critical insight into the future of our water related industries. Nowhere else is such focused attention provided for professionals on all facets of optimizing the safe and efficient use of water. 

Join with your colleagues on May 15-16 in Ontario, California, at this must attend event.


Featured topics:

▪ Our Keynote speaker is Dr. Peter Williams, Chief Technology Officer for Big Green at IBM.  Dr. Williams has played a major role in the development and delivery of IBM’s smart cities, water management and resilience solutions. He has worked with organizations as diverse as the United Nations and the European Union; many city, state and local governments; and many utilities on these issues. He co-wrote the UN’s City Disaster Resilience Scorecard, used by about 40 cities globally, and now scheduled to be used by a further 200. His keynote will focus on how IT solutions, smart sensors and big data are changing what we know about consumer water use.


▪ Hear Professor Steven Buchberger from the University of Cincinnati and IAPMO’s Daniel Cole discuss the first statistically-based update to Hunter’s Curve since the 1940s. This new approach to pipe sizing, which takes today’s more efficient plumbing fixtures and appliances into account, will improve the water and energy efficiency of every building that is designed using the new method. It also will reduce water residency time in premise plumbing systems, which will help to improve water quality and mitigate breakouts from opportunistic pathogens in water, all without increasing construction costs! Learn how a simple Excel based calculator will allow designers of plumbing systems to easily apply this critically important new quickly and easily. 


▪ Learn from Eli Goldstein, CEO at SkyCool Systems, Inc., about the new nonevaporative passive cooling technology that can be harnessed to radiate heat to the sky, and can even cool to sub-ambient temperatures under direct sunlight and how the system works to save water.


Paula Kehoe of San Francisco Public Utilities Commission will update attendees on its efforts to advance the use of non-potable water systems. The nonpotable water program is an interagency collaboration with the Department of Public Health (SFDPH), Department of Building Inspection (SFDBI) and San Francisco Public Works. Hear how it has helped to establish a regulatory framework and water quality monitoring and reporting requirements for the collection and use of alternate water supplies such as rainwater, graywater, stormwater, foundation drainage, and blackwater for non-potable applications such as toilet flushing and irrigation.


Dr. Markus Lenger, Principal at Clean Blu, Inc., will be back at the EWTS to discuss the role of water reuse in smart cities. We all agree that new infrastructure is needed, but what kind? Which existing systems can be reused or repurposed and what sensors a realistic and power efficient way of collecting data needed? Dr. Lenger will walk us through the trends, technologies, concepts and implementations around the world, their relationship to water reuse and how they change lives, improve efficiency and bring sustainability to a whole new level.

There’s so much more…Keep an eye out for the next two installments of ‘What’s on Tap at the EWTS?’  Be there!