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Xylem Brings Together Leading Water Industry Experts to Discuss Modernizing Water Infrastructure at May 17th Summit

April 25, 2018

COLUMBIA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Xylem (NYSE:XYL), a leading global water technology company committed to developing innovative solutions for the world’s water challenges, is bringing together water industry leaders and utility operators to discuss Modernizing Water Infrastructure. During the workshop, experts on water, sustainable water management and infrastructure will share insights, best practices, and innovative approaches on optimizing water distribution.

All sessions of the live workshop will also be available via webinar here.

George Hawkins, recently retired CEO of DC Water, professor, environmentalist and long-time public servant, will present his thoughts on how the management of water can be transformed to better meet the needs of the community while ensuring water affordability. After Mr. Hawkins’ opening address, the following water industry leaders will present:

  • Arturo Acevedo, Section Manager at Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) will present “Pipe Integrity Strategies – WSSC, 100 Years and Counting”
  • Jody Caldwell, Asset Management Director from Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) will discuss how GLWA is building their asset management program from the (under)ground up in his presentation “A Clean Slate for Asset Management”
  • Mike Higgins, SVP of Xylem’s Pure Technologies business will discuss “Buried Infrastructure Philosophies for Success”
  • Bridget Berardinelli, VP for Product Management and Continuous Improvement at Xylem, will present “Distributed Sensing and Real-time Control” and the impact on service and quality.
  • Kristen Smith, Xylem, will present “Smart Metering and Analytics to Generate Real Results”
  • Susan Donnally, Area Regional Manager for Xylem’s Pure Technologies, will discuss advanced technologies and practices to “Manage Large Diameter Transmission Mains”
  • Vice President of Xylem’s Pure Analytics Travis Wagner will present innovative approaches that can be applied to manage small diameter networks
  • Frank Blaha (invited guest speaker), regional liaison for The Water Research Foundation, will discuss initiatives to improve innovation in the water industry

Albert Cho, Vice President and General Manager of Advanced Infrastructure Analytics at Xylem, said, “Technology is revolutionizing the way the water industry manages their infrastructure. This workshop will feature industry thought leaders discussing groundbreaking solutions to managing water infrastructure. Our goal is to provide attendees with actionable insights and management best practices that can be used within their organizations and put to good use.”

In addition to the presentations, there will be roundtable discussions featuring utility leaders Jay Mantua (WSSC) and Jay Price (Baltimore City) on recent extreme weather events and how utilities managed through these occurrences.

The full-day workshop is designed to provide water infrastructure professionals with insights about new operating models and state-of-the-art technologies available today that are revolutionizing water and wastewater management. There will also be demonstrations of some of the latest advanced technologies and tools.

For more information on Xylem’s Modernizing Water Infrastructure workshop, or to register for the online webinar, visit

About Xylem

Xylem (XYL) is a leading global water technology company committed to developing innovative technology solutions to the world’s water challenges. The Company’s products and services move, treat, analyze, monitor and return water to the environment in public utility, industrial, residential and commercial building services settings. Xylem also provides a leading portfolio of smart metering, network technologies and advanced infrastructure analytics solutions for water, electric and gas utilities. The Company’s more than 16,500 employees bring broad applications expertise with a strong focus on identifying comprehensive, sustainable solutions. Headquartered in Rye Brook, New York with 2017 revenue of $4.7 billion, Xylem does business in more than 150 countries through a number of market-leading product brands.

The name Xylem is derived from classical Greek and is the tissue that transports water in plants, highlighting the engineering efficiency of our water-centric business by linking it with the best water transportation of all – that which occurs in nature. For more information, please visit us at

For Xylem:
Olivia Dempsey, + 353 851525109