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AMWA and the National Association of Clean Water Agencies in collaboration with WaterISAC and The Water Research Foundation will host the 2020 Water Utility Resilience Virtual Forum on December 1 and 2 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET. The forum will provide an opportunity to engage with and learn from water sector peers and leaders as they explore recent challenges to utility resilience, including response to the coronavirus pandemic. Registration is now available and free to all participants.

The event will open on Day 1 with the town manager of Paradise, Calif., Kevin Phillips, sharing his experiences with two “black swan” events: the 2018 Camp Fire and the coronavirus pandemic. He will discuss the importance of communicating with stakeholders during a crisis, adjusting plans when needed, and rebuilding system confidence after devastation. Then a panel of water sector leaders will explore what resilience has meant for them this year and what it will look like in the future.

A panel of leaders and experts will begin Day 2 by examining financial resiliency for utilities, as they face the potential of decreased revenues, suspending shutoffs, providing payment relief, and dealing with increased costs associated with pandemic response. The forum will conclude with Zoom breakout discussions.

Visit the forum website to view the program agenda, learn more about presenters, see a list of sponsors, and register for the event.