Water Innovation 2017

Mar 15th - All Day
Mar 16th - All Day

Water Innovation 2017 is an exclusive, WEF Members-only two-day event that offers attendees the opportunity to participate in small, interactive panel discussions with water sector leaders on moving innovation into practice.  Attendees will also spend a day with Imagine H2O accelerator cohorts and selected entrepreneurs discussing innovation start-ups and the future of the water sector.

This event is held in collaboration with Imagine H2O and in cooperation with the California Water Environment Association

Registration Information


Super Saver Deadline:
Register by Feb. 10th, 2017 AND save $150 off your registration!

Full Conference (if registered by Feb. 10): $570
Full Conference (if registered after Feb. 10): $720
Student Members: No Charge
*Note: Cancellations must be received by March 3, 2017 to be eligible for a refund.

Hotel Accommodations 


Sir Francis Drake Hotel
450 Powell St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 1.800.795.7129 

Group Rate: $229 | Cutoff Date: Feb. 21, 2017
Rooms are limited and on a first-come first-serve basis.  Rooms may sell out before the cutoff date.

Program: Interactive Panel Discussion Topics

Spend two days with Water Leaders talking about putting innovation into practice.  Interactive panel discussion topics are:

  • Driving Innovation with regulation
  • Putting it into Practice: Operations and Maintenance
  • Financing Infrastructure at the Utility of the Future
  • Harnessing Utility/University Partnerships
  • Implementing Change: Real World Stories and Challenges of Starting Up Innovation Programs
  • Exploring the Future: Roundtable Discussions with Start Up Companies from Imagine H2O's Water Data Challenges
  • Creating for the Future: A Discussion with the Leaders of Tomorrow's Water Sector

Featured Luncheon Speaker: Gary Kremen
District 7, Board of Directors, Santa Clara Valley Water District

Other Highlighted Speakers:

  • John Arena, Business Outreach Director, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
  • Charles Bott, Director of Water Technology and Research, Hampton Roads Sanitation District
  • Daniel Child, General Manager, Silicon Valley Clean Water
  • Karen Kubick, Wastewater Enterprise Capital Program Director, San Francisco
  • Public Utilities Commission
  • Jim McQuarrie, Chief Innovation Officer, Metro Wastewater Reclamation District
  • Logan Olds, General Manager, Victor Valley Water Reclamation Authority
  • Nancy Stoner, Water Program Director and Senior Fellow, Pisces Foundation
  • Alexis Strauss, Acting Regional Administrator, EPA Region 9
  • Mark Poling, Department Director, Clean Water Services
  • Ifetayo Venner, Global Leader, Water Supply and Treatment, Arcadis
  • and More...


  • Jamie Eichenberger, Area Utility Management Leader, HDR
  • Rick Giardina, Executive Vice President, Raftelis Financial Consultants, Inc.
  • Jeff Mosher, Chief Research and Strategic Planning Officer, WE&RF
  • Logan Olds, General Manager, Victor Valley Water Reclamation Authority


Imagine H2O Water Gala

Collaborating is Key:
Connection with Technical, Academic, and Financial Leaders.

Attendees will receive a ticket to the 2017 Imagine H2O Water Gala, being held the evening of March 15th, allowing the opportunity to collaborate with startup companies, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, academics, and water professionals.  Since 2009, Imagine H2O Accelerator participants have supported over 550 startups in more than 30 countries, connecting the most promising entrepreneur innovations with world leaders in the water sector.