Texas Desal 2017

Thank you to all attendees who came, all speakers who presented, and the many companies that exhibited and sponsored Texas Desal 2017. We hope to see you all next year!
The complete conference agenda is below — click live links to view presentations.
Scroll down for conference photos.

Wednesday, September 20

Bus Tour to SAWS desalination plant and ASR facility

Hosted by Black & Veatch and Tetra Tech

Wine-Tasting & Fundraising Event for Ed Archuleta Scholarship Fund

Hosted by Texas Desalination Association Board of Directors

Thursday, September 21

Welcome to Texas Desal 2017!

Paul Choules, President, Texas Desalination Association

Opening Remarks

Director Kathleen Jackson, Texas Water Development Board

Spotlight on Fluence

MABR technology and Nirobox™ Containerized Desalination: Nii Mensah, General Manager, Fluence Corporation, USA

The SAWS Story: Developing brackish desal in Texas

Moderator: Steve Walden, Texas Desalination Association board member

  • SAWS Overview/Timeline/Big Lessons: Duane Bryant, P.E., SAWS
  • RO System Design: Saqib Shirazi, SAWS
  • From Construction to Start-Up: Praveen Krishna, Parsons
  • Operations, Performance and Growth: Roberto Macias, SAWS
  • The SAWS Story Presentation

Lessons from Around the Globe

Moderated by: Jorge Arroyo, Texas Desalination Association board member

Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Molly Cagle, Baker Botts

Hosted by Pepper-Lawson Waterworks

Infrastructure: What’s Happening in Washington DC:  Molly Cagle, Baker Botts

Presentation to the Ed Archuleta Student Scholarship Recipient, Sponsored by Carollo

Legislative Committee Report

Justin Sutherland, Carollo

Innovations in Academic Research

Student Posters sponsored by ZacharyParsons.
Moderated by Tom Pankratz, Water Desalination Report, GWI

The Technology Report: Innovative Ideas Whose Time Has Come

Moderated by Paul Choules, Texas Desalination Association, board president

Project Delivery Alternatives

Moderated by Jeff Walker, Texas Water Development Board

In the Works: BWRO and SWRO Projects in Texas

Moderator: Gene Fisseler, NRG

Legislative Keynote: Chairman Lyle Larson, Texas House of Representatives, Chair of House Natural Resources Committee


Friday, September 22

Texas Municipal Water Leaders Roundtable

Moderator:  Bill Norris, Texas Desalination Association board member

Brackish Desal in Texas

Moderated by Steve Young, Intera

Light Lunch with Legislative Champions

Moderated by Kyle Frazier

Participants: Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, Chairman Todd Hunter, Representatives Kyle Kacal and Paul Workman

Closing Comments: Paul Choules, Water Cycle LLC


Conference Photos


Thank you to our Sponsors!




Power Up Promoter

SAWS Bus Tour Sponsor


Ed Archuleta Scholarship






Media Sponsors


Friends of Desal

CDM Smith
Paul Choules, Water Cycle
J. Kyle Frazier Consulting, Inc.

Municipal Leaders Roundtable

City of Conroe
Brownsville Public Utilities Board
El Paso Water
San Antonio Water System


American Water Chemicals
Collier Consulting
GHD Services
Harrington Industrial Plastics
Hydro Resources
Layne Christensen Company
LBG Guyton
McCain Waterworks Marketing
Pepper Lawson Waterworks
Poseidon Water
Seven Seas Water
Texas Water Development Board
Turbidex/Hydro Source LLC
United States Bureau of Reclamation
Water Lens

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