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WSC Makes a Big Splash at the 2018 California Annual WateReuse Conference

March 29th, 2018

WSC showed up to the California Annual WateReuse Conference in style with 11 staff who gave informative talks, led technical tours, hosted workshops, and shared the industry-leading work that WSC is a part of. This is the second consecutive year that WSC has been proud to contribute to the conference as a Platinum Conference Sponsor, the highest sponsorship available. As part of the sponsorship, WSC hosted the Welcome Reception on Sunday night that featured the Pure Water Brew Showdown – a networking event and friendly competition that showcased local craft brewers and the beer they brewed with water from the Pure Water Monterey pilot facility.


WSC gave five presentations at the conference, including two panel speakers at the WSC-hosted One Water Implementation Workshop. Laine Carlson, from WSC’s Rancho Cucamonga office, presented “Overcoming Challenges to Achieve Adaptable & Beneficial One Water Management.” Jeffery Szytel and Lianne Westberg from the San Luis Obispo office and David Hix from the City of San Luis Obispo presented “Striking a Balance to Create a Public Asset.” Jasmine Diaz and Emily Iskin from the San Luis Obispo office presented “Optimized for Today. Adaptable for Tomorrow.”

Jeff led the dynamic One Water Implementation Panel Discussion Tuesday afternoon that included seven panel speakers from Central Coast organizations and a structured question and answer session. Holly Tichenor from WSC’s Portland office spoke on “Strategic Communications” and the importance of outreach to the success of One Water implementation, and Lianne spoke on “One Water, One Energy” and how to break the cycle of increased energy use with increased levels of treatment.

WSC’s team played an integral role in planning the entire conference as part of the Central Coast Chapter of WateReuse. With the conference held on the Central Coast Chapter’s home turf, the Chapter and WSC stepped up to make sure the conference was a success. Eight WSC staff were involved in six conference planning committees, including the Technical Program Development Committee, Facilities Tour Committee, Awards Committee, Student Engagement Committee, Opening Session Committee, and the General Planning Committee. The conference was well attended, well received, and a lot of fun. The team is already looking forward to next year!