Media Contact: Lori Harrison, 703-216-8565
September 3, 2013

Distinguished Leaders from World’s Iconic Water Cities to Share Insights, Strategies for Progressive Water Management 
Popular Water Leaders Session will follow the Opening General Session of WEFTEC® 2013  

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A distinguished panel of national and international water leaders will examine how communities of all sizes can best prepare for future water demands and related challenges during the second annual Water Leaders Session. As one of the most highly anticipated events of WEFTEC 2013, “The Future of Cities and Water: Insights from Great Water Cities” will be held Monday, October 7 in Chicago, Ill.

In many parts of the world, pressures from population growth, climate change and urbanization are straining existing water systems and resources. In order to sufficiently meet current and future water demands, water managers and civil leaders from communities of all sizes are looking for smarter and more progressive management approaches that will increase resiliency, enhance livability and conserve resources. 
Addressing this important topic will be a panel that includes senior executives from iconic and diverse water cities who will share their experiences and discuss innovative approaches to sustainable water management. Facilitated by G. Tracy Mehan III, a former U.S. EPA Assistant Administrator for Water and a Principal in the Environmental Science & Policy Division for The Cadmus Group in Arlington, Va., the distinguished panel will include:
  • Harlan Kelly, Jr., General Manager, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
  • Heiner Markhoff, President and CEO, GE Water & Process Technologies
  • Chew Men Leong, Chief Executive, PUB Singapore
  • Sue Murphy, Chief Executive Officer, Water Corporation of Western Australia
“There’s little doubt that we have entered a time where water is becoming a top priority in cities around the world,” said WEF Interim Executive Director Eileen O’Neill. “Although it is a renewable resource, many don’t realize that water is finite and the only way to meet current and future demands is to be smarter and more efficient in our management approaches. This year’s Water Leaders Session is a unique opportunity to hear directly from some of today’s most forward-thinking, innovative water leaders and is something that WEFTEC attendees won’t want to miss.”

Returning for the second year in a row, the hugely popular Water Leaders Session will be held immediately following the Opening General Session from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in Room S100, Grand Ballroom of McCormick Place. For more information, visit www.weftec.org

Make THE Water Quality Event, YOUR Water Quality Event.
Scheduled for October 5-9 at McCormick Place, WEFTEC 2013 will feature more than 140 technical sessions, 27 workshops, numerous events and the largest exhibition in WEFTEC history! Don’t miss your chance to attend the world’s largest annual water quality conference and exhibition. Register today at www.weftec.org
Note to editors: Credentialed media representatives may register in Room 427D of McCormick Place beginning Sunday, October 6 at 8:30 a.m. Please visit the online press room at www.weftec.org or contact Lori Harrison at lharrison@wef.org for details.
About WEF
Founded in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of 36,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. WEF members, Member Associations and staff proudly work to achieve our mission to provide bold leadership, champion innovation, connect water professionals, and leverage knowledge to support clean and safe water worldwide. To learn more, visit www.wef.org.