GWC15On July 21–22, experts will meet in New Orleans, La., to share perspectives and strategies for progressive, adaptable water management. Registration is open now for the next installment of the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) Great Water Cities series. Great Water Cities: Collaborating for a Resilient Future, organized with Greater New Orleans Inc. and the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, will be held at the Tulane University Lavin-Bernick Center.

In many parts of the world, pressures from population growth, climate change, and urbanization strain existing water systems and resources, sometimes beyond capacity. To meet current and future water demands, water managers and civil leaders from communities of all sizes are rethinking water management radically by looking for smarter and more progressive approaches that increase resiliency, enhance livability, and conserve resources.

The 2015 summit will build on last year’s meeting in Chicago, where a diverse group of global leaders gathered to examine and discuss their experiences — specifically where leading-edge utilities are focusing their resources and efforts — in hopes of changing the agenda for other communities facing similar water challenges.

Sponsored by Greeley and Hansen, this year’s event will focus on topics related to collaboration; managing water in extreme conditions; workforce development and economics; and innovation and investment.