Annual Conference

Feb. 27 - March 3, 2023 |  The Dixie Center (1835 Convention Center Drive, St. George, UT)

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2023 RWAU Annual Conference Dates: 

February 27 - March 3, 2023
The Dixie Center, St. George, Utah 
2023 Conference Agenda

2023 Exhibit Hall 

View the 2023 exhibit hall maps and contact our vendors online now! 

Main Exhibit Hall Map

Garden Room Booth Map

Main Entrance Booth Map


Annual Conference CEU Counts

Water (W) or Wastewater (WW) Operator Certification: 2.0 W or WW CEUs

Cross Connection Control Program Admin Certification (CCCPAC): 1.5 Water CEUs

Full Conference (Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri): 1.6 W & WW CEUs

Tuesday (In-Depth Training): 0.6 W & WW CEUs

Tuesday Cross Connection CEU Training: 0.6 Water & Cross Connection CEUs

Wednesday Training: 0.525 W & WW CEUs

Thursday Training: 0.5 W & WW CEUs

Friday Training: 0.3 W & WW CEUs

(PLEASE NOTE: Regardless of how many days you register for, as per State rule, total CEUs earned for a non-certification attendee cannot exceed 1.6 Water & WW CEUs for Tuesday – Friday, or 1.0 CEUs for Weds – Friday.)


Conference Schedule At-A-Glance

Monday

12:00 pm                  Operator Certification & CCCPAC Registration Opens

1:00 – 5:00 pm        Water & Wastewater Operator & CCCPAC Certification Classes BEGIN

Tuesday

7:00 am – 5:00 pm   Exhibitor Set-up

7:30 am                     Registration Opens

7:30 – 8:30 am         Donut / Juice / Coffee (North Lobby)

8:30 – 10:00 am       In-Depth Training / Cross Connection CEU / Operator Certification / CCCPAC

8:30 –   4:00 pm      Golf Scramble (Sunbrook Golf Course)

10:15 – 11:45 am     In-Depth Training / Cross Connection CEU / Operator Certification / CCCPAC

11:45 –   1:00 pm     Lunch (North Lobby & Garden Room)

1:00 –   2:30 pm       In-Depth Training / Cross Connection CEU / Operator Certification / CCCPAC

2:45 –   4:15 pm       In-Depth Training / Cross Connection CEU / Operator Certification / CCCPAC

1:00 – Dusk              Skeet Shoot (Hurricane)

 

Wednesday

7:30 – 4:30 pm         Registration

7:30 am                     Exhibit Hall OPENS

7:30 – 9:00 am         Donut/Juice/Coffee (Exhibit Hall)

9:00 –10:00 am        Training / Operator Certification / CCCPAC

10:30–11:30 am       Training / Operator Certification / CCCPAC

11:30 –1:00 pm        Lunch / Exhibits

1:00 – 2:15 pm         Keynote Session (Ballroom)

2:15 – 2:30 pm         Break

2:30 - 6:00 pm          NEW! Women Working in Water session and Axe Throwing (Smash Labs)

2:30 – 4:30 pm         Special Sessions / Operator Certification / CCCPAC
 
Thursday
7:30 – 4:00 pm        Registration
7:30 am                    Exhibit Hall OPENS
7:30 – 9:00 am         Donut / Juice / Coffee (Exhibit Hall)
9:00 –10:00 am        Drinking Water Board Meeting
9:00 –10:00 am        Training / Operator Certification / CCCPAC
10:30 - 11:30            Training / Operator Certification / CCCPAC
11:30 – 1:00 pm       Lunch / Exhibits
1:00 pm                     Exhibit Hall CLOSED / Exhibitor take-down  
1:00 – 2:00 pm         Training / Operator Certification / CCCPAC
2:15 – 3:45 pm         Voting Membership Meeting / Water Taste Test / AWARD PRESENTATIONS / Gun Drawing
 
Friday
7:30 – 8:30 am        Registration / Donuts / Juice / Coffee (North Lobby)
8:30 – 12:00 pm      Water / Wastewater / CCCPAC Certification Exams
8:30 – 9:30 am        Training Sessions 
9:45 –10:45 am       Training Sessions
11:00 –12:00 pm     Training Sessions
12:00 pm                  Dart Throw Prize Drawings (Garden Room)
12:45 pm                  Adjourn

Skeet Shoot (Tuesday | 1:00 pm)

Purgatory Clay Sports, Hurricane (Near Fairgrounds in Hurricane)

  • 1:00 pm start, continues until dark
    • You can come after 1:00 if you have a class to attend or teach at the Conference Center
  • $40 per shooter for the first round, $10 for each additional round (select "Skeet Shoot" add-on at registration)
  • You must bring your OWN Gun & Shells 
  • Entry Fee includes safety glasses, ear protection & 50 targets of either: sporting clays, 5-stand, trap or skeet
  • Prizes will be given ONSITE after the event ends
  • Email Phil Harold (phil.harold@rwau.net) with questions

Golf Scramble (Tuesday | 8:30 am)

Sunbrook Golf Course (2366 West Sunbrook Drive, St. George)

  • 8:30 am Shotgun Start
  • Entry fee is $110 per golfer (select "Golf Scramble" add-on at registration)
  • 4-Person Scramble (if you are a single golfer you will be placed on a team)
  • Entry Fee includes: tee time, cart, lunch, giveaways, prizes
  • Hole-in-One prize on every par 3, including a 4-wheeler!
  • Prizes will be given ONSITE after the event ends
  • Email Janell Braithwaite (janell.braithwaite@rwau.net) with questions

NEW! Women Working in Water (Wednesday | 2:30 pm) 

Smash Labs Rage Rooms (175 W 900 S Suite 12, St. George)

  • Entry fee is $40 per attendee (select "Women Working in Water" add-on at registration)
  • Entry Fee includes: special guest speaker in the Museum Auditorium, axe throwing, giveaways, and light refreshments
  • Axe throwing at Smash Labs will take place from 4:00 - 6:00 pm
  • Prizes will be given ONSITE after the event ends
  • Email Kelsey Johnson (kelsey.johnson@rwau.net) with questions

Lunch Tickets for Spouse or Partner

Lunch tickets (wristbands) are available for spouses or partners of conference attendees by selectiong the "extra lunch" add-on at registration. After a lunch wristbands is purchased, the wristband(s) will be placed in the attendee packet for pick-up at conference check-in. The correct wristband for the correct day (Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday) must be worn for entrance to the exhibit hall and access to the lunch. Name badges will not be printed for add-on lunch tickets.

Spouses or partners who are not registered for the conference will not be allowed in training sessions. 


Hotel Accommodations

All hotel reservations are handled directly with the hotel. There are many hotels to choose from in the St. George area. The hotels listed here have offered our attendees a discounted rate.  Unless otherwise noted, when making your reservations with these hotels, mention you are with the Rural Water conference to get the specialty rate. And remember, hotels fill up quickly down there and most discounted rates expire a month before the Conference so make your reservations early!

 PLEASE NOTE: Rural Water is not in any way a party to hotel rates or accommodations. We have simply asked these hotels to give our attendees a discounted rate and they have agreed to do so. All hotel arrangements, rates and policies are at the discretion of the hotels themselves, and reservations, rates and agreements are between the hotel and the guest staying with them.

*Hilton Garden Inn (GREAT VALUE & LOCATION)................... 435-634-4100

Holiday Inn....................................................................................... 435-628-8007

Hyatt Place....................................................................................... 435-656-8686

Fairfield Inn by Marriott............................................................... 435-673-6066

Clarion Suites................................................................................... 435-673-7000

Comfort Inn...................................................................................... 435-628-8544

Hampton Inn St. George.................................................................435-652-1200

Holiday Inn Express & Suites.......................................................... 435-986-1313

Tru by Hilton.................................................................................... 435-634-7768

Wingate by Wyndham.................................................................... 435-673-9608


Consumer Confidence Reports 

The Division of Drinking Water will be conducting a workshop (by appointment) at the Annual Conference to help you learn how to complete your own Consumer Confidence Reports. Call Brandi Smith at the Division of Drinking Water (385-515-1650).


Call for Presentations 2024:

Submissions due July 1, 2023.

We are asking for presentation submissions for the 2024 RWAU ANNUAL CONFERENCE in St. George, Utah. The Conference sessions will be held at the Dixie Center February 26 - March 1, 2024.

Tuesday - In-Depth Training (1 1/2 Hour Sessions) and Cross Connection CEU's
Wednesday - Regular Conference Sessions (1 Hour Sessions)
Thursday - Regular Conference Sessions (1 Hour Sessions)
Friday - Regular Conference Sessions(1 Hour Sessions)

PLEASE NOTE: The presentation time you submit will be looked at by the committee, but if your presentation is selected you may be asked to present for an alternate length of time than the time preference submitted.

Also, please remember as you submit your presentations that these sessions should be devoid of advertisement and tailored to water, wastewater, small systems, office personnel or managerial subjects. Those in attendance will be:

Management Personnel
System Operators
Office Personnel
Mayors, Council, & Board Members
Engineers

SUBMIT TO PRESENT AT 2024 ANNUAL CONFERENCE (ST. GEORGE)


2022 RWAU Annual Conference

2022 Exhibit Hall

VIEW 2022 AGENDA HERE