Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019
Time: 1pm – 2pm PT
- Paula Kehoe, Director of Water Resources, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
- Doug Bennett, Conservation Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority
- Cynthia Koehler, Executive Director, WaterNow Alliance
- Kate Moran, Engagement Manager, WaterNow Alliance
Paula Kehoe, Director of Water Resources, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Don’t miss out on Paula Kehoe’s presentation on the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s (SFPUC) innovative initiative to expand adoption of onsite water reuse and reduce reliance on imported water. We’ll learn about the SFPUC’s efforts to get standardized water quality criteria on onsite reuse (SB 966 (2018)) and San Francisco’s Non-Potable Water Ordinance adopted in 2012, the first of its kind in the nation. Following an overview of these regulations, Paula will also discuss exciting examples of onsite reuse systems in San Francisco and the SFPUC’s overarching goals for this program.
Paula is responsible for diversifying San Francisco’s local water supply portfolio through the development and implementation of conservation, groundwater, and recycled water programs. Paula spearheaded the landmark legislation allowing for the collection, treatment, and use of alternate water sources in buildings and districts within San Francisco. Previously, she worked as the Assistant to the General Manager of the SFPUC and supported the utility’s $4.8 billion capital improvement program designed to rebuild and repair the third largest water delivery system in California.
Doug Bennett, Conservation Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority
Doug Bennett with Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) will discuss the extensive Southern Smart Landscapes Rebate Program which has led to the replacement of more than 185 million square feet of lawn with water efficient landscaping across the region. This program is successfully changing the cultural standards for landscapes in Southern Nevada to climate-appropriate, desert landscaping. Since 1991, SNWA has developed one of the most wide-ranging water conservation programs in the nation. Conservation efforts in the Las Vegas Valley have helped the community reduce its per capita water use by 38 percent between 2002 and 2018, even as the population increased by more than 690,000 residents during that time.
Doug has more than 30 years' professional experience relating to water management and currently oversees one of the most comprehensive water conservation programs in the US. Since 2008, he has served as Program Chair for the WaterSmart Innovations Conference, the world's largest professional event dedicated to urban water efficiency. He served for five years as a water efficiency technical advisor to the U.S. Green Building Council.
WaterNow’s Cynthia Koehler and Kate Moran will discuss practical solutions for investing in localized/on-site infrastructure including smart irrigation controllers, leak detection devices, rainwater capture, and other efficiency investments as part of the Tap into Resilience initiative. WaterNow will explain an exciting new opportunity to scale-up these distributed infrastructure solutions by financing them through our utilities’ capital budgets, instead of through operating expenses. This policy clarification, passed in 2017, opens new funding channels for utilities to deploy localized infrastructure and enhance water resiliency in their communities at scale.