The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE), the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE), the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), and Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI), in cooperation with the World Plumbing Council (WPC), convened the sixth biennial Emerging Water Technology Symposium (EWTS) on May 15-16, 2018.

Previously called the International Emerging Technology Symposium, the EWTS has been renamed to better associate the event with water- and plumbing-related issues. The sixth EWTS is co-convened by the four associations that have worked together closely over the past few years to grow the symposium and made it a can’t-miss event for those who work or are interested in the fields of safe plumbing, water distribution, and water efficiency. The co-conveners stress that the EWTS is still an international event and welcome abstracts and participation from across the globe.

There is no other occasion where participants can meet – all at once and in one place – so many well-known experts in the fields of water and energy efficiency. Attendees learned about emerging products and installation practices and witness the exchange of views on new trends in the industry. Participants heard ideas and approaches about emerging technologies coming to market; learn about innovative green plumbing and mechanical concepts; view presentations and energetic panel discussions; and engage in timely discussions on how the water utility, manufacturing, engineering and trade industries have found solutions through emerging technologies in the water-efficiency, plumbing and mechanical industries.

"This symposium represents an exciting opportunity to highlight how our industry creates and adapts to emerging technologies through the use of a vital emerging technology, The event promises to be tremendously informative, as we trust a great many unique organizations will seize the opportunity by providing their most highly-qualified experts as presenters and panelists."

- IAPMO Chief Executive Officer GP Russ Chaney

Sponsors, presenters, and panelists participating in this symposium represented a diverse body of knowledge in the fields of:

• Water, sanitation and health 
• Water and energy efficiency 
• Water reuse 
• Addressing aging water infrastructure 
• Water quality 
• Mitigating opportunistic pathogens 
• Advancements in mechanical systems 
• Plumbing research initiatives 
• Laws, regulations and policy development 
• Topics raised by audience participants during the symposium

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