Over the last 10 years, The American Water Summit has established itself as the most important annual meeting point for senior executives working within the North American water sector. The Summit consistently delivers an action and opportunity-led program in tandem with a productive networking forum for executives to meet their peers and future clients.

Hours of Networking
C-suite/Senior Executives

Leadership for a Sustainable America

The theme for 2019 is Leadership for a Sustainable America

The American Water Summit is about bringing together the leaders from across the public and private sectors to address the challenges facing water in America today. Each year those challenges are getting broader: climate change, demographic change, political change, economic change are all putting pressure on the way water works, but in those challenges there is an opportunity. Can water provide leadership for a sustainable America?

Leadership for a Sustainable America encompasses the following agenda items:

  • Financial Models for Utility Consolidation
  • Making Urban Resilience Pay
  • Can desalination make a comeback?
  • Unlocking the Digital Opportunity
  • Corporate Water Performance

Alongside these items, we will again be hosting the Leading Utilities of the World Initiative, providing some of the top performing utilities in the world with a platform to share their innovations.

For the first time we are also scheduling two roundtable discussion sessions. The first on day one will address the 20 Most Pressing Questions for the American water industry and the second on day two will present the 20 Largest Water Projects currently on the drawing board.

Our core values

For 10 years, the American Water Summit has been loyally attended by the most influential senior executives from across the sector despite the crowded nature of the North American water conference circuit. Why? Because unlike other conferences, the American Water Summit adapts year-on-year to focus on action and opportunity in what can at times be a slow-paced market. It pulls together productive networking with an agenda and speakers that represent and drive action, progress, and opportunity.

The core values of the American Water Summit:

Action – not only do we make it our mission to identify the pockets of investment and action in the market, we strive to make the conference actionable for our delegates. This means providing authoritative insight, delivering the right contacts and building communities to drive progress beyond the event.

An investment and opportunity-led program – we focus on projects, their value in terms of opportunity, and getting the people who are making the deals into the room. This isn’t easy, so it’s unlikely that you will find this approach anywhere else. This angle of the event alone gives you access to hard to reach opportunities and contacts.

Delivering long-term value for delegates – post-event, we build communities, produce whitepapers and nurture the networks that we have created, so the value of the conference to our attendees extends far beyond the three-day event.


The American Water Summit brings together the highest levels of the water sector in North America. Attending this conference will provide you with unrivaled access to thought leaders in both the public and private sectors through interactive sessions, roundtable discussions, and dedicated One-2-One Meetings throughout the conference.



AWS 2019 brings two sets of roundtables, meaning double the opportunity to hear from insight leaders from across the industry as they chair tightly focused roundtable discussions addressing ’20 Biggest Projects in the American Water Sector’ and ’20 Most Pressing Question in the American Water Sector.’

Every delegate will have the opportunity to participate in four 20-minute discussion groups in which they can lend their expertise to drive the discussion or quietly absorb the exchanges between the sharpest minds in the business.


Every registered delegate is added to our One-2-One Networking platform, a space where attendees can arrange intimate, face-to-face meetings well in advance of the conference to form new partnerships, strike pivotal deals, or maintain existing relationships. Delegates use this platform to ensure their ROI and shake the hands they need to shake.

Financing The Future of the Water Midstream

Co-located workshop
November 12

Delegate pass to the co-located workshop

Delegates attending the main conference will be entitled to a discount when booking the pre-conference workshop.

Main Agenda

November 13-14

Delegate pass to the main event

Delegates attending the main conference will be entitled to a discount when booking the pre-conference workshop.


The American Water Summit 2019 will take place at the Omni Houston Hotel. Located in prestigious Uptown, near The Galleria and situated in a park-like setting, this luxurious hotel offers all the comforts and amenities of a resort with the convenience of an urban setting.


Global Water Leaders Group

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Global Water Intelligence

For 15 years Global Water Intelligence (GWI) has been helping clients make the most informed strategic decisions by providing expert-led publications, newsletters, databases and market research reports. Over the years, we have acquired an expert team of researchers and journalists with backgrounds in finance, economics, water and technology who are extremely well-connected.

Leading Utilities of the World

Leading Utilities of the World (LUOW) is a network of the world’s most forward-thinking water and wastewater utilities, as defined by the network’s 14 distinct innovation areas. Its members represent the gold standard of utility innovation and performance throughout the developed world’s water sector.