Talking all about Water: 2014 WaterSmart Innovations Conference & Expo

This year’s WaterSmart Innovations (WSI) Conference drew in more than 900 water professionals from throughout the Nation, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, United Kingdom, Netherlands, France, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.  The conference was held from October 8-10 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The annual conference brings ideas, projects and discussions on water use, conservation and efficiency.  Central Basin was selected as a participant for this year’s poster session and panel discussion.  Sandi Linares-Plimpton, Conservation and Outreach Officer, presented Central Basin’s Turf-It-Out project. She provided information on the District’s five demonstration gardens, process of creating a drought-friendly gardens, and challenges in such projects.  WSI participants were sent home with a Central Basin poppy seed packet to encourage them to start their very own gardens.

Continuing the conversation on creating a water-use change, Central Basin’s Public Affairs Specialist, Priscilla Segura, participated in WSI’s Outreach and Marketing Panel Discussion.  She provided a comprehensive presentation on the District’s social media campaigns, including steps to starting an online campaign, challenges and a list of best practices.

Presented by the Southern Nevada Water Authority, the WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Expo is the largest urban water-efficiency conference of its kind in the world. More information on the conference can be found on