The WaterNow Alliance 5th Annual Summit

Tap into Resilience
April 7 - 8, 2021
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The Inn at Penn

3600 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA

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You’re invited to join us in our pioneering 2-day summit for local water decision makers – mayors, councilmembers, city officials, utility management and staff – and water industry professionals. The event covers a variety of sustainable water management topics and empowers attendees to explore distributed water solutions and opportunities for their communities.

Come to learn, share, and discuss:

  • The role of local leadership in driving the state of water across the nation
  • Finding success in green stormwater infrastructure
  • Innovative financing opportunities to scale-up onsite strategies
  • How to champion adaptation and mitigation in the face of climate change
  • Dive into data to optimize your decision making process
  • Integrating water and land use planning for your community

Engage with experts and public officials from across the nation. Learn How to eliminate barriers and advance sustainable water programs. Equip Yourself with tools to enable success in your community.


Registration is complimentary for local water decision-makers – including councilmembers, mayors, special water district board members, and county commissioners – as well as utility managers, staff and speakers. WaterNow requests a $25 contribution from those attending the Impact Awards Reception & Dinner.

Water Innovators
(Water Industry Associations, Law Firms, Consultants, Water Technology and Corporations, etc.)

  • Summit – $300

  • Summit & Awards Dinner – $350

Non-Profit Registrants

  • Summit – $200

  • Summit & Awards Dinner – $225

Optional Pre-Conference Sessions:

The official conference check-in begins at 10:45am, but this year WaterNow is offering 3 Optional Pre-Conference Sessions, starting at 9:00am, with an earlier Check-in time of 8:30am.

1. University of Pennsylvania Green Stormwater Infrastructure Tour

Join Philadelphia Water Department Outreach Specialist, Dan Schupsky for a walking tour to learn about Penn’s extensive green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) program, including Penn Park, a 14 acre state-of-the-art athletic center that increases the University’s green space by 20% and was designed to capture the first inch of rainfall into a 300,000 gallon subsurface detention system. This system will divert 2,000,000 gallons of stormwater from the Schuylkill River each year—about the same amount of water the average American household uses in 20 years! This tour will also visit smaller GSI installations on campus that feature permeable pavers, and rain gardens.

2. Water 101 Workshop

Join the WaterNow team and some of our friends in the field for a water crash course specifically designed for elected leaders. This interactive workshop will cover water law, hydrology, alternative water sources, and local water financing. Experts will showcase best practices for communicating the value of water to your constituents and share tips for working effectively with utility staff. No questions are bad questions; water is complex, and we’ll give you the confidence you need to take the lead on your city’s water challenges.

3. Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) Loans 101

Join the US Environmental Protection Agency Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program staff to learn about its long-term, low-cost loans for water infrastructure projects. Participants will learn about the eligibility and statutory requirements, the application process, and financial benefits and flexibilities of WIFIA loans. EPA will share examples from its current borrowers to highlight how WIFIA loans can help communities finance sustainable water management and provide tips to help you be a successful applicant. More information about the WIFIA is available at

Questions? Please email Georgia Beesemyer at [email protected] or call (415) 360-2999.


To Learn More about WaterNow’s Annual Summit, Read our report on the 2019 Annual Summit held in Austin, TX!