Energy Innovators & Industry Leaders

— Presents —

The Water Industry

This webinar brings a unique perspective, information, and opportunities to get involved from a resource we all need — water.

Thursday, Sept 24, 2020
1pm – 2:30pm

What You Will Learn

Water Industry Trends during COVID-19

Innovation Conservation Program Overview

Competitions and Funding for Innovators

MWD’s Feedback Forum & the portal for Water-saving Rebates, Grants, and Tips

Meet the Presenters

Cristina Ahmadpour

Cristina is the President of Isle Inc. and serves as Managing Director of Isle’s Americas business. She leads a team that supports the most progressive water utilities in their interest to identify, evaluate, and engage best-available solutions that drive value to their services and business operations. She has led global sales campaigns by producing business plans, identifying local partners and developing sales opportunities. She managed $8 million and a regional sales representative network in the western U.S., and led international sales projects in Mexico and Brazil.

Elise Goldman

Elise Goldman joined the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California in 2018 as a member of the Water Efficiency Team and has over 19 years’ experience in resource management including work on solid waste recycling, energy efficiency, water recycling and water efficiency programs. She currently manages several initiatives including the Innovative Conservation Program (ICP), a grant program administered by Metropolitan in partnership with Southern California Gas Company. Metropolitan has implemented the ICP since 2001, sponsoring pilot and demonstration projects of innovative water savings devices, technologies, and strategies. ICP 2020 launched on September 15 and proposals are due on December 8.

Nathan Allen

Nathan Allen is the Executive Director of WaterStart. Since joining in 2014, Nathan developed the initial program model and grown the organization into a globally recognized water innovation hub. He led the development for online innovation knowledge sharing portal, CHANNELS, and opened up WaterStart to its first international office located in Queensland, Australia. Nathan has also served on the U.S. Department of Commerce Environmental Trade Advisory Committee and regularly speaks internationally on water innovation.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a regional wholesaler that provides water for 26 member public agencies to deliver – either directly or through their sub-agencies – to nearly 19 million people living in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties. The district imports water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local supplies, and helps its members develop increased water conservation, recycling, storage and other resource-management programs.

To supply its service area with reliable and safe water, Metropolitan owns and operates an extensive water system including: the Colorado River Aqueduct, 16 hydroelectric facilities, nine reservoirs, 819 miles of large-scale pipes and five water treatment plants. Four of these treatment plants are among the 10 largest plants in the world. In fact, Metropolitan is the largest distributor of treated drinking water in the United States. The District imports water from the Feather River in Northern California and the Colorado River to supplement local supplies. It also helps its member agencies develop water recycling, storage and other local resource programs to provide additional supplies and conservation programs to reduce regional demands.