Monday, March 29, 2021

Texas Water Conference Goes Virtual for its 26th Year

Texas Water Conference Goes Virtual for Its 26th Year

AUSTIN, TX – Austin Water is proud to be hosting Texas WaterTM 2021, The Largest Regional Water Conference in the U.S.©. The conference, in its 26th year, will be held virtually Monday, March 29 through Thursday, April 1. Water industry professionals from Texas and beyond will attend virtual sessions and tours, both interactive and on demand.

In the midst of very challenging times, the Texas Section of the American Water Works Association (TAWWA)  and the Water Environment Association of Texas (WEAT) continue their mission of advancing the clean water and drinking water professions and protecting the health of Texas communities and the environment.

"The water industry has never been more essential than it is today," said Julie Narhgang, Executive Director of the Water environment Association of Texas. "We look forward to meeting in person in the near future, but for now we are happy to offer over 160 peer reviewed technical sessions, presented by the top experts in our industry, to target the most important issues facing water and wastewater professionals today."

Nearly all of the conference presentations are approved for up to thirty Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) water and wastewater operator training hours over the next ninety days, affording utility operators a unique opportunity to receive course credit for leading edge peer reviewed hours, while saving Texas utilities dollars in training expenses.

Visit to view the complete list of speakers and topics. Highlights include:

  • Keynote Speaker- Tracy King, State Representative and Chair of House Natural Resources Committee
  • Interactive and On-demand opportunities for attendees, presenters, exhibitors, and sponsors
  • Over 160 peer reviewed technical sessions and a virtual exhibit hall
  • Curtis Smalley Environmental Event and Panel
  • Virtual Tours for attendees of Austin Water facilities
    • Water Treatment Plants and Zebra Mussel Mitigation
    • South Austin Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant

"Although a virtual conference, Austin is still being honored as the "host city", said Mike Howe, Executive Director of the Texas Section of the American Water Works Association. "We would like to thank the wonderful volunteers from Austin Water and throughout the TAWWA and WEAT organizations who have been planning for months to make Texas WaterTM 2021 – Virtual a success."

MEDIA NOTES:  Interviews are available upon request. Media availabilities include:

Julie Nahrgang, Executive Director, Water Environment Association of Texas
Mike Howe, Executive Director, Texas Section of the American Water Works Association
Shay Ralls Roalson, P.E., Assistant Director, Engineering Services, Austin Water
Rick Coronado, P.E., Assistant Director, Operations, Austin Water

About Austin Water
For over 100 years, Austin Water has been committed to providing safe, reliable, high-quality, and affordable water services to our customers. Today, we serve over 1,000,000 people in the Austin metropolitan area, across more than 548 square miles.

The utility draws water from the Colorado River into three regional water treatment plants, Handcox, Davis, and Ullrich, which have a combined capacity of 335 million gallons per day.

Austin Water has two wastewater treatment plants, Walnut Creek and South Austin Regional, that can receive up to 150 million gallons per day of sewage to treat. Wastewater is cleaned into high-quality effluent that is safely returned to the Colorado River to augment environmental flows. More than a billion gallons of this high-quality effluent are reclaimed each year for outdoor irrigation, industrial cooling, manufacturing, and other uses. For more, visit

Texas AWWA is the largest group of utility and water professionals in Texas. The organization is dedicated to protecting public health by providing solutions to effectively manage the world's most vital resource. Find out more at

About WEAT
The Water Environment Association of Texas is a non-profit organization of professionals who benefit society through protecting and enhancing the environment by providing education on the impact and value of water. Find out more at