The Business of Water: North Texas Water Symposium 2017
By David Rodriguez
Don't be deceived just because the lakes are full. Water will be an on-going concern for Texas businesses and homes as the population increases and temperatures rise. What do business owners, managers, and homeowners need to know about the current and long-term costs and availability of this quintessential natural resource? Find out on March 29th when USGBC Texas hosts its third annual North Texas Water Symposium.
This symposium will focus on water security confidence, which the public and private sector need to continue making North Texas a viable place to invest in and conduct business. The intent of the North Texas Water Symposium is to inform and engage the public in dialogue on the state of water in North Texas. This year’s theme is “The Business of Water,“ so speakers will emphasize the business component with its many derivatives.
Household decision makers and building professionals working with the residential sector will also benefit from understanding the statewide concerns around this critical natural resource that is both renewable and exhaustible. The average household uses 400 gallons per day for indoor and outdoor domestic uses, spending about $500 annually on water and sewage utility costs. In 2009, it was projected 22% of US households would spend more than 4% of their household income on water and wastewater fees.
As water utility rates continue to rise faster than household income, water conservation must increase to improve the economic situation for our nation’s low-income households as well. All stakeholders should be present in order to understand the challenges as well as opportunities that will arise as water issues escalate in importance.
THE NORTH TEXAS WATER SYMPOSIUM: THE BUSINESS OF WATER
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2017
Bill Priest Institute, Hoblitzelle Auditorium
1402 Corinth Street, Dallas, Texas 75215
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
- Sapna Mulki, Director, Water, Hahn Public
- Jake Spicer, Enterprise Sustainability Manager, DFW Airport
More speakers coming soon!
The USGBC Texas has been pleased at the range and depth of water issues explored by the distinguished speakers who have participated in this series. Topics in our water symposium series have included: water stewardship; current historical and future impact of watershed, water quality, and water management issues on North Texas; long-term investment and planning for watersheds and the recent decreasing levels of North Texas reservoir storage; the impact of water on economic development in North Texas; property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing; and various options for water management.
Previous speakers at our water symposiums have included:
- Jonathan Radtke, North America Water Resource Manager at Coca-Cola
- Mike Bastian, Vice President for CH2M Hill and Chairman of the Greater Dallas Planning Council’s Water Task Force
- Robert Mace, Texas Water Development Board
- Jack Tidwell, formerly with North Central Texas Council of Governments
- Mikel Wilkins , Verdunity Sustainable Design
- Russell Laughlin, Senior Vice President of Hillwood Properties
- Frank Bliss, President - Cooper and Stebbins
- Robert Kent formerly with the North Texas Commission
- Bech Bruun, Chair- Texas Water Development Board
- Dr. Andrew Schoolmaster, Dean, AddRan College of Liberal Arts
- Walter “Buzz” Piskur, Director of Water Utilities, City of Arlington
- Linda Christie, Community and Government Relations, Tarrant Regional Water District
- Glenn Clingenpeel , Planning and Environmental Services, Trinity River Authority of Texas
- John Robert Carman, Water Director, City of Fort Worth
- Jay Chapa, City of Fort Worth, Economic Development
- Lairy Johnson, Environmental Engineer - Miller-Coors
- Todd Waldvogel, PE, Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities & Campus Planning - Texas Christian University
- Steve Sassman , Water and Energy Conservation Engineer- General Motors
- Jody Puckett, Director- City of Dallas Water Utilities
- Frank Crum, former Water Director, City of Fort Worth, Public Infrastructure at Halff Associates
Any questions? Contact David Rodriguez, Program Chairman, USGBC Texas, Water Symposium Series at firstname.lastname@example.org.