The Water Council to Host Water Leaders Summit Oct. 5-6

The Water Council to Host Water Leaders Summit Oct. 5-6

Treatment Plant Operator is a media sponsor of the 2022 Water Leaders Summit, being held by The Water Council at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee Oct. 5-6.

The event is expected to include about 150 leaders from around the Midwest and the nation. Under the theme of “Unifying Innovation and Stewardship,” the focus will be the major national and global issues involving water. Attendees include representatives of water technology companies, managers from larger water utilities, corporate sustainability leaders and others. For full details, visit

“Water innovation and water stewardship are both critical if we hope to solve global water challenges such as scarcity, drought, flooding and contamination,” observes Stacy Vogel Davis, communications director for The Water Council.

The opening session on Wednesday, Oct. 5, features a special recorded conversation with Jaclyn Porfilio, senior policy advisor to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. Porfilio will discuss the intersection of climate, commerce and data. She will also describe the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed earlier this year and its role in building a climate-ready economy, especially as it relates to water.

The Thursday afternoon session on Oct. 6 includes a presentation on PFAS: Microcontaminants Causing Major Impact. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in June announced drinking water health advisories for four types of PFAS, and this could be just the start in a wave of controversies surrounding emerging contaminants. What are the most promising remediation solutions? Who should be responsible for remediation? How can public health be balanced with the enormous cost of retrofitting drinking water utilities to test for and treat the vast array of chemicals entering our water? 

Other presentations cover topics including: 

  • Water innovation and stewardship in the 21st century
  • Moving water stewardship and innovation forward
  • Water Warrior of the Year Award presentation
  • A Water Smart Engagements Program pairing Southeast Asian and U.S. communities
  • Water’s role in national security
  • Economic growth versus water scarcity


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