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2017 Annual Conference

Monday, May 15, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Bryon Elwell
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2017 Annual Conference

By Bryon Elwell, Director, ABS Consulting


It is that time of year again to start thinking about the AWWA IMS Annual Conference.  This is the 60th Annual Conference and the location is Sun Valley, Idaho at the Sun Valley Resort.  The conference will run from Wednesday, October 11th through Friday, October 13th, 2017.


This year’s annual conference theme is “Invest in your community just add H2O”.  This theme will be seen throughout the conference from our opening general session keynote to our technical presentations and finishing with our closing luncheon.  The technical program we are lining up will have over 40 presentations on a variety of topics (see list on this page) that should be of interest to operators, engineers, scientists, managers and other water industry professionals.


Other conference activities that we have all become accustomed to will include a Water Operators Day on Wednesday with six technical sessions geared towards operators to help them with their certification and continuing education requirements.  An exhibit hall will be open for the first two days of the conference and will be packed with a variety of different Vendors offering their products and services that support the water industry.  Of course the exhibit hall will also be the location to network, take a break, have a snack/treat and even have a chance to win a prize at the daily raffles.  There will also be an awards and business luncheons, new member breakfast, and Young Professionals activities.  Thursday afternoon will be open for a number of exciting opportunities from the 2nd Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament to organized local hiking and even a fly fishing adventure (these activities will include a separate fee in addition to full conference registration).  Of course conference attendees are also welcome to explore and enjoy the Sun Valley outdoors and other activities on their own on Thursday afternoon.


There will be lodging available right on-site at the Sun Valley Resort, and AWWA IMS has also been working on securing special hotel pricing in nearby Ketchum, Idaho.  Visit the AWWA IMS website ( to check out lodging and other conference information.  We are working to get the conference registration information on the website by June 2017.  Please register early to hold your place at this year’s Annual Conference and I look forward to seeing everyone in Sun Valley this year.

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