EWTS Announces Keynotes

Keynote speakers have been announced for the seventh Emerging Water Technology Symposium.

Dr. Richard Thorsten, chief impact officer for Water.org, and Robert Puente, president and CEO of the San Antonio Water System, will deliver the keynote addresses at the seventh Emerging Water Technology Symposium (EWTS), scheduled for May 10-11 in San Antonio.

Thorsten oversees collaboration and innovation across the Global Impact department to generate a credible evidence base to advance insights, influence action, and contribute to thought leadership. His team works with water and sanitation enterprises and service providers to find effective ways to maintain and scale Water.org’s programs to improve the health and welfare of people living in poverty worldwide.

Puente was appointed San Antonio Water System’s president and CEO in May 2008. As chief executive of one of the nation’s largest utilities, he provides leadership in delivering water and wastewater services to more than 1.7 million consumers, developing new water resources, continuing infrastructure upgrades throughout the community, and building regional partnerships. As one of the policy pioneers of modern water supply management in Texas, Puente has helped shape and steward key landmark regional water issues.

In addition to the keynote addresses, the EWTS will feature presentations and discussions on today’s most pressing water-related issues and innovations that are addressing these critical issues.

“This year’s program is shaping up to be the best yet. Dr. Thorsten’s and Mr. Puente’s presentations will definitely set the tone for an impactful and relevant symposium,” said Tony Marcello, IAPMO senior vice president of Training and Credential Services. “We are extremely thrilled with their involvement and look forward to their presentations with great anticipation.”

The biennial symposium provides a platform for plumbers, contractors, engineers, manufacturers, and water-efficiency experts to introduce new technologies for the plumbing and mechanical industries, and to discuss emerging trends, challenges, and opportunities important to anyone who is concerned about how water is used in the built environment. 

The EWTS is co-convened by the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE), the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE), the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) and Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI).

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