Water Reuse and Non-Traditional Water Sources for Irrigated Agriculture

Phoenix, Arizona

11th International Conference
on Irrigation and Drainage

October 16-19, 2018

Cooperating Organization

The Water Research Foundation


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Treated effluent is extensively used for agricultural and municipal irrigation in the United States and has been regulated by statutes at the state and federal level since the 1970s. When treated effluent cannot be used for irrigation, it is often used for artificial groundwater recharge or as a supply for natural or artificial wetlands. As competition for scarce water resources increases, as well as increased production of treated effluent with increasing population, we can expect even greater use of treated effluent for irrigation, recharge, and environmental uses. While the current experience with the use of treated effluent has been positive, there are short- and long-term concerns about its use, and thus about the sustainability of these practices.

Phoenix Views, courtesy Pheonix Convention & Visitors Bureau

This Conference aims to present and discuss various concerns regarding water reuse and non-traditional sources of water for irrigated agriculture. Implications for groundwater recharge and environmental concerns will also be explored.

The theme of the Conference is Water Reuse and Non-Traditional Water Sources for Irrigated Agriculture.

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Who Should Attend?

Arizona Science Center This USCID Conference will provide a forum for water district staff, water agency staff, irrigation and drainage specialists, consultants, equipment suppliers and academics to share innovative solutions and learn from each other’s experiences. Water resources professionals from abroad are especially welcome to attend and share their experiences.

The Water Research Foundation is a Cooperating Organization of the Conference. Foundation staff and participants are encouraged to attend the Conference as authors and/or participants.

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Conference Format

A half-day study tour on Tuesday morning will be followed by lunch and a Plenary Session featuring presentations of broad interest to irrigation managers. Focused oral presentations during Technical Sessions and a Poster Session will occur on Wednesday and Thursday. Invited speakers will offer their perspectives during meals. The Conference will conclude with a Friday study tour. Receptions, meals, breaks and tours will provide excellent networking opportunities.

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An Exhibition will feature organizations providing products and services related to water resources. The latest technologies and products will be showcased.

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Field Tours

A half-day field tour on Tuesday morning and a day-long Friday tour will be Conference highlights.

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Conference Schedule

  • Draft Papers Due — June 15, 2018
  • Comments to Authors — August 3, 2018
  • Final Papers Due — September 1, 2018
  • Conference — October 16-19, 2018

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Conference Planning Committee

Brian T. Wahlin, Co-Chair, WEST Consultants, Inc., Tempe, Arizona
Eduardo Bautista, Co-Chair, ARS, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Maricopa, Arizona
Taylor Ahrensdorf, Stantec Consulting Services Inc., Phoenix, Arizona
James E. Ayars, Consultant, Clovis, California
David E. Bradshaw, Imperial Irrigation District, Imperial, California
Hassan A. Elsaad, Salt River Project, Phoenix, Arizona
Peggy B. Graham, Advanced Drainage Systems, Longmont, Colorado
Sara Harper, Dewberry, Sacramento, California
Aung K. Hla, Bureau of Reclamation, McCook, Nebraska
Randy Hopkins, Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group, Clovis, CA
Erling A. Juel, Greenfields Irrigation District, Fairfield, Montana
Reed R. Murray, U.S. Department of the Interior, Provo, Utah
David T. Phelps, Stantec Consulting Services Inc., Phoenix, Arizona
Aldo R. Pinon-Villarreal, Angelo State University, Sam Angelo, Texas
Nelson W. Plummer, Water Resources Consultant, Scottsdale, Arizona
W. Martin Roche, Consulting Engineer, Grass Valley, California
Channah M. Rock, University of Arizona, Maricopa, Arizona
George Sabol, Stantec Consulting Services Inc., Phoenix, Arizona
Anne Thebo, Pacific Institute, Oakland, California
Kristan C. VandenHeuvel, The Water Research Foundation, Alexandria, Virginia
Clinton Williams, ARS, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Maricopa, Arizona

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