On-site registrations welcome!

If you need assistance please come to the REGISTRATION DESK in the Palm Springs Convention Center, Mesquite D-E.

Registration forms:

Additional information:

Please note these important deadlines:

  • Early Bird – Before 3-10-17
  • Regular – After 3-10-17
  • On-site – After 4-11-17

Additional items:



1) CWEA members come first

CWEA members are getting the first e-mail announcement about the conference and special events. Members will be the first ones to sign-up for the conference, tours, lunches, special events and hotel rooms. Be sure to book your conference experience right away in January before tickets sell-out. An announcement will be sent to non-members in late January.

2) First Time Attendee Discount
Full conference pass is only $325 (save $200)

Do you know someone who has never attended Annual Conference? Bring a friend and save big!

Bring a friend with you to AC17 in Palm Springs for only $325.

Who will you bring?

  • A fellow team member
  • The rookie
  • Your boss
  • Elected official
  • The new executive
  • The new Lab Analyst
  • Public affairs staff member

Applicable for one new attendee per pre-registered attendee (full day rate). The new attendee must not have attended within the past 5 years.

3) Agency Staff Exhibits Discount
Wednesday 4/26 $30 or Thursday 4/27 $50

Bring your agency staff to experience to CWEA’s 2017 California Water Technology Exhibition at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

  • Learn about new technology
  • Experience hands-on equipment demos
  • Network with over 200 exhibitors.

Earn credits at the learning centers inside the exhibit hall.

Applicable only for staff of public agencies, sanitary districts, water districts and special districts. It is only valid for the exhibit portion of the event.
Not available for exhibitor staff members. If additional passes are needed please contact the authorized company representative responsible for the exhibit booth.


Registration Information

Before you register one or more persons online, please read all instructions and make sure you have decided on the number of lunches, tours, etc. You will need your online CWEA password and/or all passwords for those you are registering prior to filling out the Registration Form and all other necessary forms. Discrepancies may result in delays when you pick up your registration materials at the conference. All conference attendees, including speakers, are required to register.

Early Bird Registration
Early Bird Registration entitles you to a reduced conference registration rate, and your entire registration package will be prepared and ready for you to pick up when you arrive at the Conference Registration Desk. By registering online you will avoid the wait time that is necessary for all on-site registrations, and you or your employer will save money. Early Bird Registration must be accompanied with the appropriate fee in order to be processed.

Member-Discounted Rates
Membership will be verified. Only CWEA, WEF, or CA-NV AWWA membership qualifies for member-discounted rate. The additional cost of the non-member registration rate will be applied toward one year of CWEA membership. To ensure accuracy read all instructions prior to filling out the Registration Form online and all other necessary forms. Discrepancies may result in delays when you pick up your registration materials at the conference. All conference attendees, including speakers, are required to register.

Retired Members
Retired Members are eligible for a special registration rate of $320. CWEA Bylaws state that a retired member is any person retired from and not currently affiliated professionally or technically with the water quality field.

Student Registration
Full-time students are eligible for free registration. This special registration rate does not include extra fee-based meals, technical tours or special events but can be purchased separately. Students must provide verification of current enrollment (9 or more units per semester) to receive this special registration rate.

Spouse/Guest Registration
Spouse/Guest Registration includes participation in the Ice Breaker Reception on Tuesday night, entrance into the Exhibit Hall on both days, a drink ticket for each of the Exhibit Hall receptions and Thursday lunch in the Exhibit Hall. Since you must be registered for the conference as an attendee to earn contact hours, spouses/guests are not eligible for contact hours.

Exhibitor Registration
Exhibitors are encouraged to attend the Tuesday Opening General Session and social events. Exhibitors must register spouses and/or guests. All exhibitor meals and spouse/guest meals must be paid for on the Conference Registration Form. Exhibitor registration will be handled through the CWEA office. Please pick up your company’s packet at the Conference Registration Desk. Exhibitors are assigned booth spaces in the order of receipt of paid registration.

Regulators & Academics Registration
Full time employees of academic institutions are eligible for our discounted Regulators and Academics registration fee. Full time employees of Federal or State regulatory agencies are also eligible for the discounted rate. If you are unsure if you qualify, please contact the CWEA Education Team for assistance.

Golf Tournament and Sludge Trudge Registrations
Competitive activities registration forms are available on the conference website along with a description of each event. The appropriate form for the activity must be included with your conference registration form. If you are registering for these by personal check and the registration is paid by your agency, please enclose all forms and payments together. This will allow us to better coordinate all of your activities and process a complete registration packet for you. See the Golf Tournament and Sludge Trudge Registration Forms for further details.

Activities Hosted by Students & Young Professionals
If you are interested in participating as a Student, Young Professional or Seasoned Professional, please make the SYP event selection(s) on your registration form. These activities are FREE, however your advance registration will allow us to better coordinate the activities.

Conference Meals
Please indicate which conference meals you and your spouse/guest will be attending by checking the appropriate box online or on the Conference Registration Form. Note the number attending plus the cost in the space provided.

Refund Policy
Written cancellation notice is required and must be received at least 30 days prior to the conference date. A 25% service fee shall be retained on all cancellations. No refunds will be given for cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the conference. Please send a replacement if you are not able to attend.

Registration Hours
The CWEA Registration Desk will be located at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Registration hours are as follows:
• Tuesday, April 25th
2:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
• Wednesday & Thursday, April 26 – 27
6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
• Friday, April 28, 6:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Registration Payment
Payment can be made by check or money order payable to: CWEA 2017 Annual Conference. Credit card payments are also accepted using the enclosed registration form or through CWEA’s secure website. Early Bird Registration MUST be post-marked by March 10, 2017. Those who submit payments with an Early Bird Registration fee after March 10, 2017, will be billed for the difference. All fees for conference registration shall be paid in full at the time of Early Bird Registration or onsite registration. Full payment may be made by credit card, personal check, or company/agency check. Purchase orders are also acceptable. Registrations received by CWEA without full payment or purchase order will not be processed. You must be registered for the conference as an attendee to receive contact hours. Guests/spouses and exhibits only registrations are not eligible for contact hours.

Registration Questions
Registration questions may be referred to CWEA’s office at: 510.382.7800 x160.

Speaker Questions
Speaker questions may be referred to Leslie Carino at: 510.382.7800 x107.

Hospitality Suites
While CWEA welcomes “Hospitality Occasions” provided for our members, they must not open until after all regularly scheduled conference events or exhibits have closed. Hospitality suites are available. All hospitality events (both on-site and off-site) must be arranged/approved through the Conference Co-Chairs, Carrie Mattingly and Monica Myhill. Please send an email request to indicating hosting organization, details of proposed event, preferred evening (Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening), and coordinator’s name and contact information.

CWEA and its Board members and volunteers are not responsible for the actions of speakers or the content of their papers, and no endorsement is implied or given of any persons or their philosophies, ideas or statements; nor of any products or processes; nor of any organizations or companies who volunteer to serve as speakers at the conference or exhibitors who purchase display space in the exhibit hall.