Utility Leadership Conference and 54th Annual Meeting

Dealing with Disruption: A New Approach for the Water Sector

July 23–26, 2024  | Buffalo, NY


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Dealing with Disruption: A New Approach for the Water Sector

Utilities are facing unprecedented pressure from both a leadership and reputational standpoint stemming from emerging contaminants/PFAS, biosolids management, affordability, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and workforce issues among others. To convert these challenges into genuine opportunities to advance as a sector, utility leaders are going to have to get out of their “comfort zones” and meet these disruptive forces through strong messaging, new partnerships, and an openness to learning from the perceptions of organizations outside the public water sector. NACWA’s Utility Leadership Conference will bring these voices together to help better understand these disruptive trends and get ahead of them to ensure clean water utilities can continue to deliver unparalleled service to their communities and customers.

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Schedule at a Glance

Why Attend?

  • Engage with fellow clean water leaders, regulators, and stakeholders as you exchange ideas, share solutions, and build lasting professional connections. 
  • Explore relevant topics essential to guiding your agency through future challenges and opportunities— presented by experts in the sector.
  • Receive high-value information and resources in legislative, regulatory, and legal advocacy and analysis.
  • Discover innovative programs and best practices, as we recognize and honor the accomplishments of NACWA’s 2023 Peak Performance awardees, Excellence in Management awardees and more!
  • Experience the unparalleled strength, unity, and support of a nationwide network, comprised of member agencies of all sizes and service regions.

Words From Past Attendees

"What I like most about this event is the opportunity to hear from utility leaders about what they are working on, both with and beyond NACWA.”

“Attending these meetings keeps me at the top of my game in my chosen profession.”

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Registration Information

Advance registrations must be received by Friday, July 5, 2024.  Advance registrants will receive confirmation via email. Faxed and online registrations will be accepted after the deadline, but attendees may not be listed in the Participant List.  If you have not received a confirmation within 5 business days after registering, please contact NACWA at registration@nacwa.org.

Full Conference registration fees include access to all sessions Tuesday - Friday and an evening reception on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Registered attendees will also receive access to all available session handouts, speaker biographies, as well as a participant list. The Conference meals included are: coffee services Tuesday afternoon through Friday morning; and light food and beverages at the Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evening reception.

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*Please note this registration fee is for federal government agencies (e.g., U.S. EPA) and state agencies (e.g., state permitting or regulatory departments) only. If you fall in this category and would like to register, please send your request to meeting@nacwa.org.

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*Registered, but not a Member? Contact Ebony Scott for the Participant List

All-Conference Sponsors


Clean Water Champions

Clean Water Stewards

Clean Water Protectors

Clean Water Allies


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