The American Water Summit, held Nov. 14 and 15, 2012 at the Intercontinental Hotel at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, featured a number of speakers, round table and panel discussions among key experts and executives in the water industry from the public and private sectors.
Hosted by American Water Intelligence, the event also included a special address from Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, who said, “Investing in water is indispensable.”
Other keynote speakers included: Thomas Powers, water commissioner, city of Chicago; Barbara Bennett, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief financial officer; Gretchen McClain, president and CEO, Xylem; Lisa Sparrow, president and CEO, Utilities Inc.; Jes Munk Hansen, president, Grundfos North America; Jeff Sterba, CEO, American Water; Bertrand Camus, CEO, United Water and Alan Krause, president and CEO, MWH Global.
A mayor’s panel included mayors from across America discussing the role of public-private partnerships in the water industry, and educational sessions such as “Selling Water” and “Infrastructure Finance” addressed financial issues in the water sector.
The summit also featured the American Water Awards, presented at the Gala Dinner on the evening of Nov. 14. At this new event, five awards were presented in the following categories: Utility Performer of the Year, Partnership Performance of the Year, Technology Project of the Year, Environmental Project of the Year and the Growing Blue Award for Sustainability.