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WATERCON 2020 - March 23-26, 2020
Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center - Springfield, IL 

The Illinois Section American Water Works Association Annual Conference and Expo (WATERCON) brings together utilities, consultants, manufacturers, regulators, students and more for their mutual benefit through the exhibition, education and networking events.   The focus of WATERCON is to create a learning culture and strategic networking opportunities.  The education sessions will provide all participants with various levels of experience, new and creative ideas to implement at their utilities.  

WATERCON addresses the "total water" cycle, stormwater management, wastewater treatment, collection system maintenance, potable water treatment, distribution system maintanence and water reuse.  Today's economy requires that utility personnel have multiple responsibilities that are no longer limited to one segment of water.

This year's theme is:  Navigating the Future

Highlights of the week are:
Monday -  "Creating and Empowering Our Future Leaders"

Tuesday - Operators Day

Wednesday - Retirees Day

Thursday - Legislative Day

Professionals will come to share best practices with their peers and discuss challenges with the water industry (drinking water, wastewater, stormwater management and reuse).  Attendees will benefit from innovative industry programs, products and services, education and networking opportunities designed to facilitate new business partnerships.  This spectacular face-to-face meeting provides attendees with the tools they need to plan and manage successful utilities. 

Register to attend |  Reserve a booth |  Enter a contest 

Steps to submit abstract for WATERCON: 

  1. Select "Make Submission" from menu option below. Deadline for submitting abstracts is September 1st, 2019.
  2. You have the option of editing your submission until September 30th.  After September 30th you will not be able to edit your submission. Save your confirmation ID on the email confirmation sent to you. 
  3. If your abstract is accepted, you will be requested to upload your pictures of presenter(s) and powerpoint presentation file by February 1st, 2020.  We will be providing you a powerpoint template that will be used for your presentation.
  4. You will not be able to upload your presentation until notified that your abstract has been accepted in September. If your powerpoint is not uploaded by February 1st, 2020 you are subject to being dropped from the program.  Our reviewers will be reviewing your powerpoints early February and will advise you of any changes needed to the powerpoint.
  5. Standard length of presentations are as follows:  Technical session in large meeting room - 30 minutes including question and answer,  Early Bird Technical Sessions in exhibit hall (Exhibitors only)  - 15 minutes each,  Interactive workshops - 30 - 120 minutes. 
  6. By submitting an abstract you agree that the material presented is original and may be reproduced in any format by Illinois Section AWWA.
  7. Presenters will be given $100 credit towards early bird registration that expires on February 1st. 2020.
  8. For exhibitors that are submitting a session for "Exhibit Hall Sessions ",  please select Early Bird Exhibit Hall - Technical Sessions as the topic in your submission.  Exhibitors selected for Early Bird Exhibit Hall - Technical Sessions will not be required to upload powerpoints, pdf's, pictures or questions for discussion.
  9. New This Year - we will not be making pdf's of your powerpoints.  If you have handouts you would like the attendees to have access to, you will be able to upload those in a pdf format.  We will not be sharing your powerpoints with the attendees.     

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