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Technical Program Call for Abstracts

The WateReuse Association invites technical abstract submissions for the 35th Annual WateReuse Symposium, taking place Sunday, September 13 through Wednesday, September 16, 2020 in the mile-high city of Denver, Colorado. Abstracts are due February 18, 2020.

The Annual WateReuse Symposium is the nation’s premier conference on water recycling – attracting water professionals from around the nation for several days of knowledge-sharing, networking, and fun! The 2020 Symposium is being planned in collaboration with The Water Research Foundation (WRF), and will include presentations on the latest reuse-related research projects undertaken by and for WRF and its subscribers.

You will be asked to create a new account to begin an abstract submission. 

Program Theme

This year's theme, Reaching New Heights in Water Reuse, seeks to showcase the dramatic expansion of water recycling throughout the United States as it becomes a sought after solution for a range of water challenges. Technical and plenary sessions will examine:

  • Recycled water as an alternative source for potable, industrial, commercial, residential and agricultural needs;
  • Centralized and decentralized water recycling systems: Their integration, permitting and operation, and their significance in managing urban water challenges;
  • Workforce development for today’s water reuse systems operators and engineers, as well as those of the future;
  • Emerging findings in water reuse research and science; and
  • Innovative technologies, financial models, and policy approaches.

Abstracts should focus on Symposium themes and address one or more of the Focus Area Topics.

Key Dates

Submissions will be accepted through February 18, 2020. Presenters will be notified of their selection by April 22, 2020. Presenters must register for the Symposium at the discounted speaker rate by July 1, 2020 and submit a PowerPoint presentation by August 13, 2020. The event will be held September 13 – 16, 2020.

Preparation and Submission Guidelines

Please gather all needed information before completing the abstract submission form. You must create an account or login to begin or complete the form. You may save and edit in progress abstracts, but all abstracts must be finalized before they can be considered.

The Symposium includes 30-minute presentations, 90-minute presentations with multiple presenters, 90-minute panel discussions, and posters. You must select one of those formats. You may elect to have your submission considered for the March 2021 Symposium in Tampa, Florida if it is not accepted for the 2020 event.

Learning objectives: To comply with continuing education accreditation requirements, presentations must clearly define measurable learning objectives for attendees. Learning objectives should describe the information, skills, behaviors, or perspectives participants will acquire or outcomes and actions attendees will be able to demonstrate after attending your presentation.


  • Attendees will be able to conduct a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis for proposed water reuse projects.
  • Attendees will learn new ways to manage salinity.

Requirements accompanying submission: All submissions are expected to be presented by the authors listed in the submission. The official language of the Symposium is English. Presenters will be able to register for the event at special rates in April 2020. Selections and notifications will be made in April 2020. As a speaker, you are eligible for a discount. Once selected, presenters are expected to register early to confirm participation and select the “Speaker” rate when you register. 

If you have any questions or need more information please contact:

Alicia Rutherford
Manager of Meetings and Events
Phone: 571-445-5509
Email: arutherford@watereuse.org