International conference focuses on water’s future

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International conference focuses on water’s future

The 2010 Water Technology Conference will focus on technology innovations that will best utilize future water supplies for California, the nation and the world when it convenes May 11-12 in Clovis.

The conference is presented by California State University, Fresno’s International Center for Water Technology (ICWT) at the Clovis Veterans Memorial Building (Hughes and Bullard avenues). The institute was established in 2001 as a public-private partnership to develop and apply advanced technologies that enhance water use for urban, environmental and agricultural purposes.

An emphasis on water issues in the San Joaquin Valley will be portrayed through technical seminars, poster presentations, networking opportunities and exhibits.

Presenters include: Pat Mulroy, general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority; Tim Quinn, executive director of the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA); and Dr. Peter Williams, chief technology officer for IBM’s Big Green Innovations Incubator.

Mulroy’s organization must provide an adequate water supply to 2 million residents and 40 million annual visitors in the fast-growing Las Vegas Valley. Quinn leads an organization of 450 local public water agencies responsible for almost 90 percent of the water delivered in California. Williams’ work with IBM focuses on water management with environmental businesses.

“With the number of challenges our state and nation are facing in terms of water resources, we feel fortunate to be able to have these solutions-oriented speakers at our conference,” said David Zoldoske, director of ICWT.

“The depth and breadth of experience these speakers and other conference presenters have in finding solutions for water supply and management through technology will be of great interest to our region and of great benefit to water issues we are facing today,” added Zoldoske.

ICWT’s mission is to provide efficient first use and effective reuse of water supplies worldwide.

Conference details and registration info are available at www.icwt.net/WTC/index.htm.