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Water Loss Webinar

  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018
  • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Zoom Webinar


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Are you interested in learning more about opportunities to better manage water loss? Join us on Wednesday, January 17th from 1-2:30pm MST for a webinar panel sharing best practices and lessons learned. During the webinar, we’ll hear about:

  • General best practices in water loss management, including resources available like the AWWA M36 Water Loss Control Methodology (or Manual) and free AWWA water audit software
  • Initiatives and programs being led by the Colorado Water Conservation Board in 2018
  • Water loss management programs and lessons learned from three Colorado communities (Aspen, Fort Collins, and Montrose)

Our speakers include:

  • Will Jernigan

Will is a Director with Cavanaugh, and nationally recognized leader in Water Loss Management and Bioenergy. Will has 16 years in the industry, and was appointed in 2017 as the United States Expert to an international task force for developing the ISO Water Loss Standards. Will actively serves with the American Water Works Association and as Project Manager for multi-year statewide Water Loss Technical Assistance Programs in Georgia and California, and has worked with over 1,000 utilities in North America to conduct water audits and water loss analysis. Will is a dynamic speaker who has presented technical papers all over the world. Will is a Registered Professional Engineer in multiple states.

  • Kevin Reidy

Kevin received his Bachelor of Science from Colorado State University in Recreation Resources Management and a M.S. degree in Forest Ecology and Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In between he served in the Peace Corps in Honduras, Central America working in Pico Bonito National Park. During graduate school, he focused on social and cultural aspects of forest management and conducted his Master’s thesis research in Colorado, surveying landowners on their knowledge of and orientation to wildfire mitigation education and practices. Kevin worked for Aurora Water for 7 years as the Water Conservation Supervisor overseeing all aspects of the water conservation division. Presently, he is the State Water Conservation Technical Specialist at the Colorado Water Conservation Board and has worked in this position since 2009. He provides technical and financial assistance to water providers across Colorado for water efficiency planning and implementation, assists local governments on land use and water efficiency integration, works on long range statewide water supply and demand forecasting and develops statewide water conservation policy through research and projects. He was the lead author for the water conservation, water reuse and land use sections of Colorado’s Water Plan.

  • David Bries

David is the Utilities Manager for the City of Montrose. In that role he has implemented an Automated Meter Reading Infrastructure (AMI) system to provide hourly meter reading data, implemented Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) enhancements to provide better control of pressures and improve water quality, and self-performed numerous infrastructure replacement projects with city staff utilizing state of the art trenchless methods such as pipe bursting, directional drilling, and cured in place lining processes. David received an Associates Degree in Civil Engineering Technology from Hawkeye Institute of Technology, is a Certified Engineering Technician, and completed AWWA Management Institute through the University of Utah and the Certified Public Manager Program through KU Public Management Center. David is also a Colorado Certified Water Professional - Water Distribution IV, Wastewater Collection IV, Wastewater Treatment “C”

  • Lee Ledesma

Lee is the Utilities Finance and Administrative Manager for the City of Aspen, with more than 37 years of managerial experience with 27 of those years in the Water and Electric utility industry. Lee was the project lead for both the Roaring Fork Watershed Regional Water Efficiency Plan and the City of Aspen Municipal Water Efficiency Plan. She has over 10 years’ experience in water and electric rate setting and is currently project manager for the 2016/2017 City of Aspen’s Cost-of-Service rate study for both the water and electric utility. Lee is part of the project team for the Aspen Water Utility’s M36 Water Audit and Loss Control program currently in progress. Lee is also the Emergency Support Function (ESF) Lead for Section 12—Energy and Public Utilities—with the Pitkin County Emergency Management team. Lee led the efforts for a grant from the Colorado Water Conservation Board for the newly adopted Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance that is currently in a pilot phase until mid-2018 and was adopted by City Council in May of 2017. Lee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and participates in state-wide organizations that focus on energy and water efficiencies and sustainable communities.

  • Andrea Schweitzer

Andrea is an analyst, scientist and certified Project Management Professional at Fort Collins Utilities. She organizes the annual M36 water loss audit evaluation program of data collection, analysis and reporting. In 2015, she was the project lead for completing the Partnership for Safe Water Self-Assessment for Distribution System Optimization, following which Fort Collins became the first city in Colorado to reach the PSW Directors Award level for water distribution. Andrea has lived in Colorado except during her education in physics at Pomona College and PhD in astronomy at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She received training in project management through the Honeywell Automation and Controls division and Colorado State University. Prior to her work in utilities, she managed national projects funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation. She is married to a fellow scientist and energy services engineer at Fort Collins Utilities, despite the precaution that water and electricity should not mix.

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