The American Water Works Association will host their Annual Conference and Exposition, June 8-12. This year, water professionals are heading to the northeast and will convene in Boston to share innovative ideas and technical expertise. Dr. Russell Ford shares a glimpse of CH2M HILL’s participation in the conference.

By: Dr. Russell Ford, CH2M HILL Vice President and Drinking Water Infrastructure Global Service Leader

The American Water Works Association’s Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE14) kicks off in Boston this weekend. Founded in the 1760s, Boston is one of the oldest U.S. cities. Known for being one of the largest, wealthiest, and busiest port cities in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Boston remains a thriving city today with much to do and see. Hopefully if you are headed to ACE14, you will have an opportunity to not only learn more about the new technologies, theories, and water treatment strategies in the industry, but also take advantage of some of what Boston has to offer.


The theme of ACE14 is “uniting the world of water,� which like James Chaffee, AWWA President, explains is an “elegant way of saying that this conference is your one-stop opportunity to access all that the water community has to offer.� But even more than being a one-stop opportunity to engage with the industry, this year’s theme speaks to the true value of water. As an industry, one of the biggest challenges that we are facing is how to communicate the value of water and demonstrate the need for improving our aging infrastructure, conserving water use, and improving access to clean, reliable water supplies. By shifting the focus of the event to the total water solutions required for today’s challenges, ACE14 will expand the dialogue and provide a forum for water leaders to discuss the biggest issues we face in the water sector.

CH2M HILL is looking forward to attending the event and helping facilitate this important conversation, as well as provide technical solutions to protect our world’s water. Throughout the week, CH2M HILL water professionals will be sharing valuable information during technical presentations, workshops, and by participating on committees, divisions, and councils. I invite you to attend as many of our presentations as you can (complete list of CH2M HILL presentations), and if you’re not able to attend ACE14, you can still learn about the latest and greatest technology on the market to make your job easier by following Access Water.

Our staff will participate in the ACE Career Fair on Tuesday, June 10. Whether you are just starting your career in the water industry or if you’re seeking to expand your network, please stop by to introduce yourself to our staff and learn more about the great culture at CH2M HILL. Our people are working on some of the coolest projects around the world, and we believe strongly in giving everyone—from young professionals to senior technologists—opportunities to expand and grow their skills, in a fun and engaging environment. We’re proud of the work our employees do and love to see them recognized for their achievements. Bruce Manning, a principal technologist in our Missouri office, will be recognized this week with AWWA’s highest leadership distinction—the Fuller Award—on June 11.

As always, one of the highlights of ACE is getting to catch up with our community partners and the local Water for People (W4P) organization. We hope to see you at the W4P Kenneth J. Miller Founders’ Award Luncheon on Monday, June 9, where our own Katie Chamberlain will give the keynote address, or the fundraising event on Monday night at The Whisky Priest Pub & Grill to honor individuals who have committed to help make our world better by supporting W4P’s mission.

AWWA’s ACE event is always one of my favorite industry events. I enjoy connecting with old friends, clients, and the industry’s new top talent. Stay tuned to Access Water throughout the conference for updates from our professionals, and be sure to follow our social media channels, including the CH2M HILL Facebook and the @CH2MHILL Twitter feed (use #ACE14) for the most current activities as they take shape next week.

Safe travels and see you in Boston!

Dr. Russell Ford has more than 28 years of experience in developing, evaluating, and designing treatment processes to remove a variety of contaminants from drinking water.