After European Utility Week in Paris, I headed to Tel Aviv for the WATEC conference which took place Nov. 19-21.
WATEC 2019 had a strong focus on building important connections and networks that will allow for ongoing engagement and global cooperation.
After attending two previous WATEC conferences, I decided to have a booth this year for the first time. I was joined on the stand beside me by Nicole Pennington from UtiliWorks Consulting, which has worked with utilities across the United States and abroad as they evaluate the technological and operational changes necessary to modernize. They leverage the skills and expertise of a diverse mix of engineers, data analysts, public relations specialists, project managers, financial experts, and system integrators.
We toured municipal water facilities and an interesting wastewater company and shared our companies stories with utility and municipal leaders from around the globe - I think the unofficial count was more than 80 cities from about 18 different countries.
In addition to the intense conference, we spent a several days touring the sights of Israel - Including Galilee, Nazareth, Jaffa, Caesarea, Haifa, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem - for many of the holy sites such as the Church of the Beatitudes, Capernaum, Tabgha, Basilica of the Annunciation, The Garden Tomb, the Garden of Gethsemane, Mount of Olives, King David’s Tomb, Last Supper Room, Via Dolorosa, Church of Holy Sepulcher and the Western Wall.
We had great tour guides including dear friend
Michelle Baruch who owns Israel Water Tours. Over the last twenty years, Michelle has completed several research and consulting projects involving the Management of Israel’s Water Resources. She is currently completing her second Master’s degree in Water Studies from Haifa University.
I look forward to returning it Israel in the very near future with another US delegation... perhaps you will go with me next time!