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Central Arizona Project is again sponsoring the 89th annual AZ Water Conference held this week (May 11-13) in Glendale. CAP annually participates in this conference, which is attended by hundreds of Arizona water professionals and is hosted by AZ Water, the local chapter of the American Water Works Association, It is designed to share information regarding the enhancement of Arizona’s drinking water, water reuse and environmental resources.

CAP experts participated in the following sessions:

Connecting Israeli Water Management and Technological Innovations to Arizona, Sharon B. Megdal, Ph.D., CAP board secretary, representing UA's Water Resources Research Center (moderator) – Israel, a recognized water management and technology leader, has addressed water scarcity through a portfolio of actions, including the deployment of large-scale seawater desalination, wastewater reuse, brackish water desalination and water conservation and efficiencies. This session explores the extent to which Israel’s policies and practices can serve as a model for Arizona.

Condition Assessment of Critical Transmission Pipelines at the Central Arizona Project, Jim Geisbush, CAP senior civil engineer – This presentation reviews the most recent pipeline inspections performed by CAP engineers, touching on planning outages, dewatering of the pipes, lock-out/tag-out for safety, the required surface support for the inspection team, inspection tools, inspection protocol, subsequent repair and documenting the inspection results.

Learning from Lessons of the Past: A Panel Discussion on Water Issues from Michigan to Arizona, Guy Carpenter, CAP board member, representing Carollo Engineers (moderator) – The panel session addressed common water issues; former CAP General Manager and former Colorado River Water Users Association President David Modeer served on a panel.

This week the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association also featured a blog about the annual conference and contributions AZ Water Association makes to the water profession.

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