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Welcome to the Future of Water Summit 2022
CONVENE. ELEVATE. INNOVATE.
August 8 to 10, 2022 at the Ritz Carlton in Miami Beach, Miami
We look forward to hosting you!
The goal of the Summit is to develop a “unified vision” for collaborative water governance to ensure a secure, just, and affordable water future for all. Local, state, and federal partners, non-governmental agencies, service and technology providers, and members of the academic community will convene to leverage existing efforts and jointly formulate a “call-to-action” to ensure a more sustainable and resilient society.
Opening Keynote Remarks
Mayor Daniella Levine Cava
Daniella Levine Cava
MAYOR, MIAMI-DADE COUNTY
Daniella Levine Cava was elected Miami-Dade County’s first-ever woman Mayor in November 2020. As Miami-Dade County’s Mayor, she oversees a metropolitan government with more than 28,000 employees serving nearly 3 million residents, and managing an annual budget of approximately $9 billion.
MAYOR, CITY OF MIAMI BEACH
Dan Gelber was first elected Mayor of Miami Beach in 2017. He was an architect of the G.O. Bonds Program approved by 70% of residents in 2018, which will enhance existing City infrastructure and fund new parks and public safety projects. As Mayor, he is leading the City on efforts to implement enhanced community policing, improve City infrastructure and elevate arts and culture.
Smart One Water - Definition, Framework & Implementation
Theme Description: The One Water approach seeks to disrupt siloed water systems management and take a holistic and collaborative approach to consider all water resources – surface, ground, stormwater, recycled – as "One Water." Smart One Water seeks to integrate and intelligent water management through digital transformation.
Watershed/River-basin Scale Governance, and Policy
Theme Description: Smart One Water approach necessitates multi-departmental and multi-agency integration opportunities to manage water in a more efficient, cost effective, and sustainable manner. The Plan should represent continued and improved commitment to proactively manage all its water resources and implement innovative solutions, driven by the societal needs for resilience, sustainability, equity, and social and environmental justice.
Climate Change, Sustainability, and Resilience
Theme Description: Sustainable and resilient provision of water – under both routine conditions and following extreme events – is a key societal and infrastructure need. Crises related to fires in the western US, to hurricane impacts (e.g., Maria in Puerto Rico; Harvey in Houston), and to other acute events or societal and biophysical changes reveal how water services can be impacted and devastate communities. Seeking greater sustainability and resilience – in the face of climate change (floods, hurricanes, drought, fire), aging infrastructure, cybersecurity needs, pandemics, economic disruptions, and population growth – necessitates changes in water management. Overcoming these interconnected and complex water management challenges is a daunting task. There is increased urgency to modernize and integrate water management practices, but for most communities (especially, small communities), management remains ad hoc and siloed.
Equity, Affordability, Social, and Environmental Justice
Theme Description: Universal access to reliable, safe, affordable, water sector service is essential to maintaining public health, economic prosperity, and wellbeing. It is in our collective national interest that everyone has sustained access to clean water and sanitation. Yet, the reality is that maintaining and operating water systems is incredibly costly. This creates a dilemma for people who cannot pay water bills and also for utilities who cannot cover costs to provide affordable water. The time is right to re-envision how we price and distribute the costs of water in a way that reflects its value as a public good. Effective tools are emerging to help utilities achieve financial stability and provide more compassionate policies and practices to ensure no residents go without critical water and sanitation services.
Technological Innovation and Digital Transformation
Theme Description: An Intelligent Water System is a technological, socially enabled, approach that integrates and derives information from cyber-space, physical-space and social-space. It is based on an improved systems understanding that integrates data collection, database management, modeling techniques (including, Artificial Intelligence), decision support, and intelligent workforce skills. The approach supports data-driven decision making and optimizes lifecycle management of water systems (Natural, Built, and Socio-Economic) – leading to water operations that are affordable, reliable, sustainable, resilient, and efficient.