Neda Simeonova is editorial director of Water & Wastes Digest. Simeonova can be reached at [email protected] or 847.391.1011.
Last week WWD’s editorial staff attended AWWA ACE13 in Denver. The four-day event offered numerous workshops, technical sessions and networking opportunities. Exhibitors filled the halls with new technologies and product demos and competitions.
We were happy to meet many of you at the show, but for those of you who were unable to attend, here are some brief highlights from ACE13:
• Automation, AMI, asset management, and customer costs and consumption reporting solutions were prominent on the show floor.
• WWD editorial staff attended Black & Veatch’s “2013 Strategic Directions in the U.S. Water Industry Report” presented by Cindy Wallis-Lage, president of Global Water Business at Black & Veatch.
• Attendees and exhibitors discussed the results of the latest U.S. EPA Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey, which identified that $384 billion in improvements are needed for the nation’s drinking water infrastructure over the next 20 years.
• San Antonio Water System’s Alamo City Tappers placed first in the women’s pipe tapping competition.
• In men’s pipe tapping, the Birmingham Water Works Pipe Tapping team won first place again this year.
• Oklahoma City won the “Best of the Best” Tap Water Taste Test.
• Jim Chaffee, a senior consultant with Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., took over as president of the American Water Works Assn.
Be sure to save the date for next year’s event—June 8 to 12 in Boston.