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#WWWeek – Utilities of the future

23 August @ 8:00 pm9:00 pm

This session at World Water Week explores how water utilities around the world can tackle future uncertainties. With Arup’s Mark Fletcher and Janine Witko, DC Water’s David Gadis, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago’s Debra Shore, Northumbrian Water’s Ian Gray, and hosted by Louise Ellis of The Resilience Shift.

Water utilities around the world are challenged with providing quality water and wastewater services in the face of increasing frequency and intensity of hazards. At the same time, they need to deliver equitable and sustainable solutions for their customers, communities and society.

In this session, we will share approaches for tackling future uncertainties in strategic master-planning. The session will begin with knowledge sharing bursts on approaches to developing a resilient, sustainable vision, in a collaborative and strategic manner, to achieve the goal of a more sustainable, resilient and equitable utility. The session will focus on three recent case studies from the US and UK.

The second part of the session will be an interactive panel discussion with utilities. They will share their approaches to develop scenarios and strategic masterplans; common pathways to improve the resilience of water and wastewater services for utilities; and lessons learnt from the development of their strategies and masterplans.

Keynote: Utilities of the Future
Dr Mark Fletcher, Arup

Presentation: Blueprint 2.0
Mr David Gadis, CEO and General Manager, DC Water

Presentation: Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Chicago Strategic Plan
Commissioner Debra Shore, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Chicago

Presentation: Northumbrian Water Future Scenarios and Long-term Strategies
Ian Gray, Head of Resilience and Sustainability, Northumbrian Water

Moderated by Louise Ellis, UK Water Resilience Lead, Arup & Water Portfolio Lead, The Resilience Shift

Janine Witko, Americas Water Business Leader, Arup

• Arup
• DC Water
• Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
• The Resilience Shift



23 August
8:00 pm–9:00 pm
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The Resilience Shift
DC Water
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

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