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Information on Texas WaterTM 2022!


Texas WaterTM 2022 will be held April 4 - 7. Join us in-person to take part in the largest regional water conference in the U.S.TM

Abstracts have been submitted for the Texas Water 2022TM Technical Program!

More information to come in December 2021. The final status for abstracts will be given in January 2022.

Hotel Room block will open in January 2022!

More information to come.


Many of our Texas Water special events will still be held, such as:

  • the Opening Session/Keynote Address
  • the Women of Texas Water session
  • the Young Professionals (YP) recognition event
  • the Engineering Ethics Course
  • the Water for People (WFP) Silent Auction
  • Dodson's Drive 5K Fun Run/Walk
  • Scholarship Golf Tournament
  • Curtis Smalley Environmental Event

You will also be able to visit the wonderful vendors that have continued their support of the conference.

Exhibit Booth sales open in October!

Important Info & Featured Events at Texas Water 2022

WEAT Committee Meetings

Take action and join a committee! WEAT offers a wide variety of specialized committees to its members. Committee connections provide members with a sense of camaraderie and mutual goals, which are especially rewarding at this time. Committees will be having open meetings the week before Texas Water 2022. Feel free to jump in and join any or as many of the meetings as you’re interested in and have time to attend. Click below to join a meeting!

Check out WEAT Committee Meetings

WEAT Member Meeting

WEAT will be having a membership meeting for all WEAT members and those interested in joining WEAT.
Interested in enhancing your network? Join WEAT!

Interested in broadening your knowledge? Join WEAT!

Interested in being a Leader? Join WEAT!

Interested in access to education and training? Join WEAT!

Interested in updates on innovations and new developments? Join WEAT!


[date and time]

Register Here

Registration

Online registration will soon be open at txwater.org. Contact the WEAT office for your WEAT/WEF Member number.

Opening General Session

[DATE AND TIME]

TBD speakers discuss the Texas and national water horizon.

Operations Challenge

Tune in and cheer on your favorite Ops Challenge team in this year's competition. This year, even more than years past, sector operators have proven that they are essential frontline workers protecting human health and the environment. Show your appreciation and watch some of Texas' best water professionals compete in the Collections Event simulating real-life operations challenges. More information to come!

Sponsors, complete and send in the sponsorship form by [date].

President’s Reception

Each year, WEAT invites friends and colleagues to our President’s Reception — an evening of celebration, networking, and accolades as we honor WEAT’s President and raise money for our work at one of the best events of the year. Seats are limited. RSVP today!

REGISTER HERE

Sponsorship Opportunity

Sponsorship includes your name and logo acknowledgment at the virtual reception, on the WEAT website, in Texas WET, and logo with thanks on WEAT social media pages.

$500 Gold Sponsor
Title Sponsor - 10 reserved spots
$300 Silver Sponsor
5 reserved spots

Sponsorship Deadline: [date]

WEAT Swag Sale

WEAT Swag Sale spotlight:

- Miir camp mugs

- Kavu fanny packs

- Socks

-Texas Water Mystery Grab Bag: featuring an assortment of WEAT swag from Texas Water conferences of the past...

- Bandanas

- Stickers

Purchase Here!

Student Design Competition (SDC)

[DATE AND TIME]

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 at WEFTEC 2022. The prompt this year is focused around the City of Houston’s Intercontinental Airport Wastewater Treatment Plant in Houston, TX. Students shall propose design alternatives to construct new facilities required for expanded capacity, rehabilitate existing facilities, convert the plant from a conventional activated sludge facility to a biological nutrient removal facility, and design of proposed solids processing facilities. Come on out and support your alma mater or see some prospective future leaders in the industry!

This year, teams from the University of Houston, Lamar University, Southern Methodist University, Texas Tech University, and SMACC will compete.

Women in Water Forum

[DATE AND TIME]

Each year for the annual Texas Water™ Conference, we host the Women In Water Forum. This event focuses on the specific efforts, successful techniques, and achievements of a variety of women in the water community who are willing to share their experiences to empower others to be successful in their careers. This year, participants will also discuss the impacts of the pandemic on their work and life experiences.

Join Melissa Bryant, Chair of the Texas Section AWWA, along with Sally Wright, of Dallas Water Utilities, Yvonne Forrest of Houston Water, Shay Roalson with Austin Water, Heather Cooke also with Austin Water, Theresa Pedrazas with TetraTech, Liz Fazio Hale with Gulf Coast Authority, and Allison Blake with Freese and Nichols.

You won’t want to miss the Women in Water Forum, available on-demand for your convenience.

Virtual Tour - South Austin Regional (SAR) WWTP

Please join Austin Water for a virtual tour of its South Austin Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. Built in 1984, South Austin Regional (SAR) is one of three wastewater treatment facilities in the City of Austin and has the capacity to treat up to 75 MGDs. Other large wastewater facilities include the Walnut Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant. Austin Water has invested over 45 million dollars over the last four years on improvements to update the air distribution system and convert aging sand filter galleries into a state-of-the-art cloth disk filter complex.

Staff will walk you through the plant virtually, giving you a behind the scenes look at the facility and operations. This walkthrough will highlight new equipment, technologies, recent upgrades, as well as some of the future challenges for the plant. After the virtual tour, staff will be on hand to answer questions and facilitate an exciting discussion about the operations and maintenance of the SAR Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Dodson's Drive 5K Fun Run/Walk

TUESDAY, APRIL 5

6:30 A.M. CHECK-IN, 7:00 A.M. START

The Young Professionals Dodson’s Drive 5K supports the Texas water industry’s young professionals by raising funds to support the WEAT/TAWWA Young Professionals Dodson Drive Fund, which provides scholarships for YP’s and funds to send YP’s to the Young Professional Summit each year. The Dodson’s Drive Fund was started in Spring 2011 in honor of Kenneth Dodson. Ken worked in the wastewater industry for 35 years and was a tireless supporter of YP education and growth throughout Texas. Ken passed away after battling cancer, but his memory and efforts live on through the Dodson Drive Fund and the Young Professionals Dodson’s Drive 5K. After two years of hosting the event virtually, this year’s 5K Fun Run/Walk will be an in-person scenic tour of the world-famous San Antonio Riverwalk.

Click here to register for the Dodson's Drive Virtual Fun Run.

Click here to explore the YP Dodson's Drive Fun Run Facebook page!

InFLOW Program

InFLOW stands for Introducing Future Leaders to Opportunities in Water and was conceived by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) in an effort to introduce promising students from underrepresented groups to professional careers in the water industry. InFLOW aims to enhance diversity and inclusion in the water workforce.

Learn more about InFLOW by visiting WEF's InFLOW page!

The InFLOW program is intended to showcase and inform students of the many rewarding careers in the water sector; as well as facilitate networking and mentoring opportunities for successful careers in the water sector.

WEAT Awards

[DATE AND TIME]

Join your incredible colleagues, WEAT Board members, and friends and family in celebrating and recognizing WEAT award winners at the Texas Water 2022 WEAT Awards Ceremony. We will celebrate our members for their hard work and dedicated service to the water environment in Texas.

Register Here!

Watermark Awards Ceremony

[DATE AND TIME]

Join us in celebrating your incredible colleagues and their contributions to our industry! Texas Water will honor TAWWA and WEAT friends and colleagues who have demonstrated their
commitment to the water and wastewater profession. Seating is limited in this live Zoom event. You will need to preregister the week of [date] at www.txwater.org; only available to those registered for the conference.

Click here to watch last year's virtual Awards Ceremony!

Conference Night Out

Please join us in supporting Austin musicians at this year's Texas Water Conference Night starting at [time]! Local nonprofit Black Fret will bring together three artists to share some Texas bluegrass with us as we celebrate another great conference!

Scholarship Golf Tournament

Tuesday, April 4

7 AM Check-in with breakfast; 8 AM Shotgun Scramble with lunch

Prizes & awards following


This year's golf tournament will be held at the Quarry Gold Course located at 444 E Basse Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209. The golf course is just 11 minutes away from the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center! The Quarry Golf Course was formerly the abandoned quarry of the Alamo Cement Plant. Keith Foster converted this unique location into a challenging layout with a links-style front nine and a back nine that plays entirely through the former rock quarry with limestone walls over 100 feet tall on three sides. The first half of the golf course plays through open fields of rolling hills with native grasses and multiple creeks and streams along six of the front nine holes. The quarry pit on the back nine is truly the most unique feature of the golf course, which features a beautiful overlook from the clubhouse. The course's most dramatic hole is the 17th, which requires a tee shot over a deep ravine that is framed by a 40-foot waterfall.

Note: There will be no on-site registration.

Register online at www.txwater.org or mail form with payment to:

TW22 Golf Tournament
P.O. Box 676
Pflugerville, TX 78691

Tournament Co-Chairs:

Jaime Kypuros, (830) 776-0077, jaime.kypuros@tetratech.com
Jeremy Doege, (210) 860-9224, jeremy.doege@wginc.com
Mario Valdez, (210) 321-3407, mario.valdez@kimley-horn.com

Water for People (WFP) Silent Auction

Now, more than ever, access to clean water is
critical. That is why Texas Water™ is committed to
continuing to raise funds to support the important
work that Water for People is doing across the globe
to provide access to safe, reliable water services.
The 2022 Water for People Silent Auction will be hosted
online using HANDBID, a mobile silent auction platform
that allows you to bid from your smartphone. (If you’ve
attended our in-person conferences before, this is the
same platform we have used to support the Water for
People Silent Auction in 2018, 2019, and 2020.)

To make a monetary or item donation, please fill out the online submission form.

Virtual Exhibit Hall

Stop by the Virtual Exhibit Hall at www.txwater.org to connect with our Texas Water Virtual exhibitors. You can also take part in our virtual game to win some amazing prizes!

Young Professionals Development Event - Panel Discussion

[DATE AND TIME]

Join us for a virtual professional development event specially geared towards students and young professionals! A panel of seasoned professionals will share their experiences and guidance for success in the water industry and answer questions from attendees.

YP & Student Reception/Mentoring Program Networking Event

[DATE AND TIME]

Come out and join the YPs and seasoned professionals for an event recognizing our competition winners and discussing the Mentoring Program. Time for networking will follow the awards and announcements!

Professional Ethics Workshop for Engineers

[DATE AND TIME]

The Texas Water Engineer’s Ethics Seminar is an interactive and thought-provoking session led by Bob Pence and Gina Smith from Freese and Nichols, Inc. While earning one Professional Development Hour and satisfying the annual ethics requirement, you will learn to recognize ethical situations faced by engineers, analyze the issues of ethical situations, and discuss how to resolve ethical situations in a creative and professional manner. There is no additional fee for this training, but you will need to preregister the week of [date] at www.txwater.org; seating is limited; only available to those registered for the conference.

Curtis Smalley Environmental Event

MONDAY, APRIL 4, 8 A.M. to 12 P.M.

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.

This year we will be hosting the "Texas Water Basura Bash" cleaning up the Mission Reach segment from Mission County Park to Espada Park. Volunteers can kayak or walk along this mile stretch while assisting to pick up as much basura (trash) along the way.

All volunteers will be provided with gloves, trash pickers, trash bags, and water. Breakfast tacos will be available at the start of the event, adding a San Antonio twist to this year's Curtis Smalley Environmental Event.

Note: RSVP will be required to help us determine the number of supplies and kayaks needed. Please sign up using the event registration form!

Transportation to/from the conference hotel is not included, so please plan accordingly and carpool if possible. Parking will be available at Mission County Park.

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