Thank you for another successful Texas Desal conference!


The annual conference brought together a diverse group of municipalities, water suppliers, engineers, regulators and legislators with industry professionals to discuss how to implement desal in Texas.

The agenda is listed below, along with all presentations in PDF format. Speaker biographies can be found here.

Scroll down for event photo gallery.



  • 2018 Ed Archuleta Desalter Scholarship Winner – Amit Jain from Rice University
  • 2018 Best of Show Student Research Poster – Miguel Fraga from University of Texas at El Paso
  • Raffle Winner: Hill Country Getaway – Rex Hunt, Alan Plummer Associates                              Donated by Paul & Peach Choules
  • Raffle Winner: 7-nights in Barcelona Apartment – Alan R. Pyle, WaterFleet                              Donated by Linda Fernandez


Wednesday, September 12

Bus Tour to SAWS desalination plant and ASR facility

Afternoon learning tour before the conference. Don’t miss the bus next year! $35 add-on at registration.

Wine-Tasting & Fundraising Event for Ed Archuleta Scholarship Fund

Hosted by Texas Desalination Association Board of Directors

Thursday, September 13

Introduction to International Desalination Association

Miguel Angel Sanz, SUEZ and IDA board

The Real World of Cost, Risk & Regulations

Managing Cost and Risk

Texas Brackish Groundwater: Tapping Our 2.8 Billion ac-ft

Moderator: Kevin Spencer, R.W. Harden & Assoc.

Introduction to PLW Waterworks – Webber & Luncheon Speaker

Peter Bailey, PLW Waterworks

Luncheon Keynote Speaker

Kevin Price, Middle East Desalination Research Center

Presentation of Ed Archuleta Desalter Scholarship

Awarded to Amit Jain, Rice University 

Innovative Technology & Research

Moderated by Tom Pankratz, Water Desalination Report, GWI, and Yuliana Porras-Mendoza, Bureau of Reclamation

Yuliana Porras-Mendoza, Bureau of Reclamation

The 7-Minute Pitch

Legal & Regulatory | Challenges & Opportunities

Moderated by Steve Walden, Texas Desalination Association, board president 

1) Brackish Groundwater

2) Seawater Desalination

Concentrate Management, Disposal & Zero Liquid Discharge

Moderator: Mike Hightower, UNM

Legislative Committee Report

Justin Sutherland, Carollo

Legislative Keynote: Senator Charles Perry, Chairman of Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs


Friday, September 14

The State of Permitting Brackish Groundwater in Texas: A Joint Panel

Moderated by Sarah Schlessinger, TAGD, and Kyle Frazier, Texas Desal

        • Greg Sengelmann, Gonzales County Underground Water Conservation District
        • Brian Smith, Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District
        • Darrell Peckham, Peckham PG Consulting
        • Steve Young, Intera

Expanding the Texas Water Portfolio

Produced water

Moderator: Steve Walden, Texas Desalination board member


Moderator: Eva Steinle-Darling, Carollo

A Case For High Recovery, Low Energy, Low Cost Desalination with Twin Turbocharger

Michael Gisclair, FEDCO

Special Focus Luncheon: Marine Desal on the Texas Coast

Moderated by Ross Ramsey, Executive Editor, Texas Tribune

        • City of Corpus Christi, Jorge Arroyo
        • Port of Corpus Christi, Bech Bruun
        • Texas coastal industries, Tim Finley, DOW
        • Seven Seas Water, Richard Whiting

Conference Photos!

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