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#2170 Water Efficiency Committee Best Practices Webinar IEPA # 9167

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Water Efficiency Committee Best Practices Webinar

LIVE DATE: 01/28/15


This Webinar features presentations by two water utilities detailing the many steps which go into implementing ‘Award Winning’ water conservation programs

1st Presenter: Kristin Rehg

Kristin Rehg has worked in the water industry since 2003, focusing on planning and design for water supply, treatment, and distribution systems, as well as water/sewer rate analysis and implementation. In her current position with the City of Evanston’s Utilities Department, Kristin is involved in cost of service analysis, capital improvement planning, design and project management for public improvement projects, and utility management.

Kristin earned a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University in 2003 and is a registered professional engineer in Illinois. She is a member of AWWA’s Rates & Charges and Young Professionals Committees, and is the chair of ISAWWA’s Outreach Committee.
Summary :In May 2011, the City of Evanston was awarded a grant to create a water conservation and efficiency plan. The purpose of the plan was to develop measurable goals that would facilitate conservation and efficiency while educating the public about the importance and value of water. The planning process followed guidelines from AWWA Manual M52 and USEPA, and was led by the City’s Office of Sustainability and the Utilities Department. The City also solicited feedback from the public and elected officials.

The Plan’s key goals are to:

1. Reduce water consumption by 6% by 2020;

2. Adopt cost-effective and community-appropriate conservation and efficiency measures;

3. Continuously inform residents and businesses about the value of tap water and the connection between water usage, household behaviors, and water-related business decisions; and

4. Adopt municipal ordinances that support plan recommendations.

The planning process identified nine action items that would support the key goals. This presentation will outline the recommendations and the steps Evanston has taken to achieve them, including new community programs, outreach initiatives, billing practices, and City policies.

2nd Presenter: Kathy Nguyen, Senior Project Manager, Cobb County Water System

Kathy Nguyen graduated from Berry College with a BA in Speech/Communications. She studied Environmental Management at the University of Maryland. She has been with Cobb County Water System since 2001. In 2004 she became the Water Efficiency Manager, where she developed, implemented and manages the Water Efficiency Program. She is currently the Senior Project Manager for Water Resources. She is a member of: American Water Works Association, Georgia Association of Water Professionals, Technical Coordinating Committee for Metro North Georgia Water Planning District, Clean Water Campaign, Department of Community Affairs WaterFirst Adjudication Team, Technical Advisory Committee for both the State-wide Water Plan and the State-wide Water Conservation Plan. She is Chair of the Education and Outreach Committee for the Alliance for Water Efficiency and Chair of the Promotional Working Group for the Irrigation Association’s SWAT Initiative. She is also the Past-chair of the Georgia Water Wise Council.


Summary: Cobb County Water System purchases all of their water wholesale from Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority. CCWS serves approximately 650,000 citizens and has 171,000 active accounts. Our wholesaler has two water sources Chattahoochee River and Allatoona Lake. Both water resources are small for the service area and have been part of a protracted legal battle. These factors, coupled with frequent recurring droughts and decreasing recharge due to increasing evapotranspiration rates, make water efficiency an essential resource management strategy.


COST & REGISTRATION: Illinois Section AWWA Members: FREE; Nonmembers: $30.00

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