Texas Water 2020 - Rescheduled

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Texas WaterTM 2020 is being postponed until July 13-16. This is a Monday through Thursday instead of a Tuesday through Friday.

Based on public health recommendations, the executive committees of both WEAT and TAWWA believe this is the right the thing to do to protect the health and safety of our attendees, exhibitors, speakers.

For more information concerning attendee, exhibitor, and sponsor registration click the button below or go to txwater.org

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Important Info & Featured Events at Texas Water 2020


Online Registration is now open at txwater.org. Contact the WEAT office for your WEAT/WEF Member number.

Curtis Smalley Environmental Event


The Curtis Smalley Environmental Event honors the legacy of Curtis Smalley. His contribution, leadership, mentorship, dedication to service and passion for the water industry left a significant impact. He was a driving force to include the environmental event as part of Texas Water to provide fellowship for colleagues and an opportunity to give back to the community in a fun and engaging manner. Join us for a morning of beautifying one of 23 specialty gardens located on the 110-acre campus of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden; the oldest botanic garden in Texas. Volunteers will engage in planting seasonal color, restoring native landscapes or maintaining garden features. The event is rain or shine as there are greenhouses where work can occur. Dress in clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and wet.Transportation to/from the host hotel, volunteer t-shirt, snack, water and work supplies will be provided.

Dodson's Drive Fun Run

April 1, 6:30 A.M. (7 A.M. start time)

The Dodson’s Drive Fun Run, established in 2011 to honor the late Kenneth Dodson, provides funding for scholarships and to send young professionals to the annual Young Professionals Summit. The 2020 Fun Run course will be a loop through downtown Fort Worth. The course will take the runners along the Fort Worth Water Gardens, around the Convention Center and past both conference hotels.

Innovation Lounge

March 31 – April 2

The Texas Water™Conference has always promoted innovation and creative design to solve some of our most complex water problems. The Innovation Lounge highlights innovative and advanced technologies from across North America. Don’t miss this opportunity to check out these new technologies while collaborating with your colleagues in the new Texas Water™ 2020 Innovation Lounge inside the Exhibit Hall.

There is NO additional fee to visit the Innovation Lounge.

Texas Shoot Out

April 1 - 3 PM- 5 PM, Exhibit Hall

Who is the fastest draw on cutting a piece of 8-inch SDR 35 pipe with a hand saw? It’s time to show who really has the quickest hands in Texas at the annual Texas Shoot Out.This competition is designed to demonstrate elements of the Operations Challenge’s Collection event. The event is open to all. The $5 entry fee proceeds go to Curtis Smalley Memorial Fund. First place in all events will receive a plaque. Contact Grace Sober for more information and to sign up.

Grace Sober

Ops Challenge Coordinator

WEAT swag sale

Look for the WEAT swag booth where staff and volunteers will be selling hats, notebooks, coffee cups, tote bags, and more. All proceeds benefit the WEAT Scholarship Fund.

Student Design Competition

City of Pflugerville Central WWTP Expansion, BNR and Solids Improvements

The WEAT Student Design Competition gives students the opportunity to design and present a project based on a real-world wastewater treatment plant design problem. Students will be competing to represent WEAT at the WEFTEC Student Design Competition in New Orleans at WEFTEC 2020.

The prompt this year is focused around the City of Pflugerville’s Central Wastewater Treatment Plant in Pflugerville, TX. Students shall propose design alternatives to construct new facilities required for expanded capacity, rehabilitate existing facilities and convert from a chemical nutrient removal facility to a biological nutrient removal facility, and upgrade the existing solids handling facilities.

Come on out and support your alma mater or see some prospective future leaders in the industry! This year teams from Texas Tech University, University of Houston, Lamar University, Texas A&M University, Southern Methodist University, Tarleton State University, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, and Tecnológico de Monterrey will compete.

Water Reuse Workshop: From Fundamentals to the Future

April 1, 1:20–5:20 pm

This workshop will provide attendees with a fundamental understanding of water reuse in the unique Texas context. The workshop will cover everything from the regulatory basis to the logistics of implementing reuse. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in an interactive panel discussion with experts from the field specifically focused on funding options for reuse. Case studies detailing a variety of reuse applications will be presented with speakers from leading utilities in the reuse field including San Antonio Water Systems, Wichita Falls, El Paso, Round Rock, McAllen, and San Marcos presenting real world applications and results. The workshop will also look toward the future of water reuse in Texas and specifically address the workforce needs with a focus on operator licensure efforts.

No additional fee. Pending approval for 4-hours TCEQ water and wastewater hours.

Operations Challenge

April 1-2, Exhibit Hall

Stop by the Operations Challenge area in the exhibit hall and see 12 teams from across the nation compete in seven events. Texas teams are competing for six spots to represent WEAT at WEFTEC.

2020 participating teams: TRA CReWSers, TRA Waste Warriors, NTMWD North Texas Rangers, NRH POOseidonts, DWU Aqua Techs, DWU Central Snappers, Houston Drip Squad, Houston Bayou City Brawlers, City of Fort Worth Regulators, LA Wrecking Crew, Metro WW Double Duty and City of Surprise Turdologists.

Consult the Texas Water on-site program for exhibit hall location.

Women in Water Breakfast

April 2, 7:30-8:45 am

The Women of Water breakfast will be highlighting a group of amazing women who will share their stories of achievement in their careers. The panel will include TCEQ Deputy Director L'Oreal Stepney, TCEQ Commissioner Emily Lindley and Fort Worth Water Deputy Director Laura Wilson.

It will be a moderated yet free-flowing conversation on the panelists' experiences and work that led them to executive level management. Mary Gugliuzza with Fort Worth Water will be moderating.

Please RSVP to ensure enough breakfast is available- simply check that you will be attending when you fill out your registration form. *RSVP not required but encouraged.

Gloyna Breakfast

April 3, 7:00-8:15 am

Join us for breakfast and hear from our featured speaker Patricia Cleveland, Executive Regional Manager at Trinity River Authority of Texas. Patricia began her career with TRA in 1976 and has served in a variety of roles. She is also active in several water and wastewater organizations, having served on WEF's Water Quality Committee, WEAT Past President, Past NACWA Board Member and Past Chair of the National Security Coordinating Council.

The breakfast honors Dr. Earnest F. Gloyna, Emeritus Professor of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering at the University of Texas, and his distinguished career in the water industry.

Opening General Session | Keynote Speaker: Rep. Dade Phelan

April 1, 9:00-10:00 am

Texas Water is excited to welcome Chairman Dade Phelan in providing the keynote comments at the 25th anniversary of Texas Water. The address will take place during the Opening Session at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 1.

Chairman Phelan authored and sponsored some of the most important water legislation in the 86th Texas Legislature, including HJR 4, which allocated $800 million to the new state flood infrastructure fund. He has advocated for water infrastructure funding and flood mitigation and flood funding. Phelan is one of three house members appointed to the State Water Infrastructure Fund for Texas Advisory Committee, which oversees the operation, function and structure of the state water fund, and assists the Texas Water Development Board in achieving its goal of providing $27 billion in state water plan projects over the next 50 years.

Texas Water 2020:

2020 Operations Challenge Sponsorship Opportunities.

Commit to donate to the 2020 Water For People Silent Auction.



Abstract Submittal for 2020 is closed as of September 10, 2019.

Information about Texas Water can always be found at www.txwater.org

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