Three-day conference addresses global urban water-efficiency issues
LAS VEGAS (October 6) – Beginning today, water-efficiency professionals from around the world will convene at the third WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition, at the South Point Hotel and Conference Center in Las Vegas.
With more than 130 professional sessions and an expo hall featuring nearly 100 exhibit booths, WSI 2010 is the largest conference of its kind in the world, drawing about 1,000 attendees from across the United States and internationally. The conference will conclude Friday, October 8.
“WSI provides a venue for professionals in a wide range of disciplines to come together in one place, at one time, to share their best practices and experiences,” said WSI 2010 Program Manager Doug Bennett. “The goal of WSI is to serve as a catalyst for these professionals, many of whom are from areas facing drought or water shortages, to implement new ideas with the goal of making their organization or community more water-efficient.”
“Natural capitalism” advocate Hunter Lovins, president and founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions and co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute and California Conservation Society, will keynote the conference’s opening session Wednesday, October 6. Steven Solomon, author of the best-selling book Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power and Civilization, will keynote the conference’s luncheon on Thursday, October 7.
The Southern Nevada Water Authority is presenting WSI 2010 in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense Program, Alliance for Water Efficiency, American Water Works Association, Audubon International, California Urban Water Conservation Council, GreenPlumbers USA, International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, International Center for Water Technology, and Irrigation Association.
Major sponsors include Niagara Conservation, Rain Bird Corp., Caroma, Parsons Corp., MWH Global, Inc., Black & Veatch, Hunter Industries, Ewing Irrigation Products, Inc., Water Management, Inc., and Herndon Solutions Group.
Last year’s WSI conference and exposition drew nearly 1,200 participants from 43 states and 13 nations. WSI 2011 is scheduled for October 5-7, also at the South Point Hotel and Conference Center. More information is available at