Daily Agenda


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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Speakers and sessions are subject to change. All events are at the hotel unless otherwise noted.

4:00-6:00 p.m.

6:30-8:30 p.m.
Welcome Networking Reception/Dinner
Reconnect with old friends and make new ones at the opening reception.  There will be plenty of time to eat, drink, and network.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

7:30–8:15 a.m.

8:15–8:30 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction

Jeff Price, President TMUA, Director of Utilities, City of Mansfield

8:30–9:15 a.m.
AMI…Beyond the Meter
Two cities, at different phases of the process, discuss the utilization of AMI data to drive accuracy, efficiency, and customer engagement.

Speakers: James Foutz, Marketing and Conservation Manager, City of Georgetown and Jeff Price, Director of Utilities, City of Mansfield

9:30–10:15 a.m.
A Long History and Bright Future for Water Reuse in Irving
Reuse of reclaimed wastewater effluent has been a practice in Irving since 1986.  This session will cover the history and various applications of reuse in Las Colinas (conference location) as well as on-going planning efforts to boost Irving’s water supplies with available reuse water.

Speaker: Jacky Knox, General Manager, Dallas County Utility and Reclamation District and Todd Reck, P.E., Director of Water Utilities, City of Irving
Presentation 1     Presentation 2

10:15–10:45 a.m.
Networking Break with Exhibitors

10:45–11:45 a.m.
Back to the Future…Managing an Evolving Workforce with Differing Generational and Workplace Viewpoints
No matter the profession, employers are facing challenges when trying to close generational gaps and maintain a focused, satisfied and efficient staff throughout their departments. This presentation will focus on these differences in generations in our work places, strategies for embracing those differences and keeping all generations engaged and motivated.

Speaker:  Kristin Navarro, Director of Business Development and Recruitment, Strategic Government Resources

Noon–1:45 p.m.
Lunch and Keynote

Standing Tall in an Upside Down World

Cowboy Ethics is a modern-day translation of the cowboy code centering on principles of honesty, loyalty, and courage. They are also inspirational, giving us a framework we can each use to decide what principles and values are the touchstones for our own lives.  In short, we can choose to stand for something, and stand tall in a world that seems to have gone crazy. We can have a code of our own that we strive to live up to every day, just like the cowboys who lived by the unwritten Code of the West.

Speaker: Jim Owen, Author of Cowboy Ethics, Cowboy Values, and The Try

2:00–2:45 p.m.
Recap of the 86th Texas Legislature
This presentation will provide an overview of the major water and water utility-related initiatives from the 86th Regular Legislative Session, detailing important bills and possible future regulatory action arising from them.  Proactive steps for utilities in responding to these legislative initiatives will also be provided.—
Speakers: Troupe Brewer, Attorney, Lloyd Gosselink Rochelle & Townsend, P.C

2:45–3:15 p.m.
Networking Break with Exhibitors

3:15–4:00 p.m.

Connecting the Metroplex
This session will discuss the Integrated Pipeline Project (IPL).  The IPL is a joint 350-mgd pipeline project of the City of Dallas and the Tarrant Regional Water District, designed, constructed, and operated to deliver permitted water from three East Texas reservoirs to the Fort Worth-Dallas Metroplex (150-mgd for Dallas and 200-mgd for TRWD) with the primary objective of long term system resiliency and supply reliability.

Speakers: Greg Hooten, P.E., Program Manager, Jacobs Engineering; Denis Qualls, P.E., D. WRE, Senior Program Manager, Planning City of Dallas; Richard Wagner, PE, Assistant Director, City of Dallas; and Eddie Weaver, Integrated Pipeline Project Program Manager, Tarrant Regional Water District;

4:30–5:15 p.m.

Emerging Technologies on Water Loss
In recent years, utilities and water authorities have shown great interest in trying to determine the integrity and performance of their critical, small to midsized pressure mains. That interest has spurred the introduction of newer processes and tools into the marketplace, each promising to be the best design for the inspection of the mains. Many of the tools show great promise. This presentation will look at the processes and toolsets that may be best suited for providing condition assessment of the pipelines and for establishing remaining useful life

Speakers: Stephen Jeffus, Senior Consultant – Water Services, RJN Group

5:15–6:45 pm
Free Time

7:00–9:00 p.m.
Dinner and Casino Night
Enjoy a fun and relaxing evening with dinner and games of chance at casino night!  Afterwards, check out the Toyota Music Factory next door where there are plenty of bars, restaurants, and music.

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Friday, June 21, 2019

7:30–9:00 a.m.

8:00–9:00 a.m.
Breakfast, Business Meeting, Awards, Scholarships

9:00–10:30 a.m.

Getting the Most Out of Engineering Consultants
Engineering consultants can extend the capabilities of municipalities in a wide variety of ways. The spectrum of services can include specialty technical expertise on on-call basis, technical and peer review services, staff augmentation during projects and programs ramp-ups and ramp-downs, troubleshooting, program and project management and administrative support, exposure to greater array of services and knowledge, and of course the traditional full-scale design for construction.  To get the most out engineering consultants, municipalities must match well-understood need with the right consultant under the contract.  This session will provide to public utility managers an overview of effective ways to work with engineering consultants.

Speaker: Alex Barabanov, P.E., Sr. Project Manager, City of Corpus Christi

10:30 a.m.
Closing and Adjournment

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