45th Annual Conference
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45th Annual Conference - February 17 - 19, 2020

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Veterans Memorial Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center
730 Third Street
Des Moines, Iowa


Attendee Information

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A Full Conference Registration includes all training, admission to the Exhibit Hall and the Monday night Welcome Reception, Networking Social, all three lunches and breaks.  One-Day Only registration includes training, admission to the Exhibit Hall and lunch.

Registration/Cancellation Policy

All conference participants must register. A full registration includes all training sessions (Mon-Wed), admission to the Exhibit Hall, Monday Best Tasting Water Lunch, Monday Welcome Reception, Tuesday Awards Lunch, Tuesday Social Event and Wednesday Lunch.  Register early (before January 14th) using the Super Saver Full Registration option to receive a full registration discounted fee. 

If written/faxed notice of cancellation is received by January 14, 2020, you will receive a full refund minus a $50.00 administrative fee.  No refunds will be issued after Tuesday, January 14, 2020. Meal Tickets are not guaranteed for on-site registrations.

If you have special physical or dietary needs, please indicate so on the registration form.



Self-parking is available for overnight guests of the Hilton Des Moines Downtown hotel at a rate of $18.00/day.  Valet parking is also an option at $25.00/day.  Parking is also available at the Iowa Events Center for an entrance fee of $10.00.

CEU Information

Up to 1.5 CEU credits (15 hours) can be received for water treatment, water distribution or wastewater if you attend the entire annual conference. These may be split. Monday equals 0.5 CEUs, Tuesday equals 0.5 CEUs and Wednesday equals 0.5 CEUs.  CEU forms must be completed before you leave (if you leave before Wednesday) or at the end of the conference on Wednesday, February 19th.

Sportsman Raffle

The opportunity to purchase raffle tickets will be on Monday Evening and Tuesday Morning/Afternoon of the conference.  Proceeds benefit the IRWA Equipment Loan Program. Tuesday from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM in the Exhibit Hall, join us for beverages and snacks and the announcement of all raffle winners.  Thank you in advance for your support of IRWA’s efforts for Iowa utilities.  Please note…again this year EVERY attendee gets one free raffle ticket to place in one of the Sportsman Raffle boxes.  Take this opportunity to be a part of the fun and try your luck!

Here is a list of a few of the companies that made donations:

Dixon Engineering – Turkey Blind
Water Surplus – Portable Ice Fishing Shelter
Garden & Associates – Tassel Ridge Wine Gift Basket
Peerless Well and Pump – Shotgun
DGR Engineering – Vortex Diamondback 10x42 Binoculars
Mc2 and Electric Pump – Sportsman Basket
Bolton and Menk – Yeti Roadie Cooler
Mellen and Associates – 2019 Gretsch Series G9511 Parlor Acoustic Guitar
Northway Well and Pump – High Quality Fishing Rods
McClure Engineering – 8 week old Chocolate Labrador Hunting Dog Female

Seek and Find Game

Back for the 3rd year we will have the IRWA Exhibit Hall “Seek and Find” game.  You can find your “Seek and Find” game card with your registration packet.  Put your name on the card and then look for all twelve photos in the exhibit hall at various vendor booths.  You can identify the game photos by looking for the IRWA 45th Anniversary logo on the images.  When you have found all twelve, complete your game card and then turn in at the IRWA Registration Desk in exchange for a small prize.  In addition, your completed card will be placed in a drawing for a chance to win $200.00 cash.


Each attendee will receive a conference t-shirt.  This year’s shirt features our 45th Anniversary logo.  Get your free shirt in the Exhibit Hall on Monday night or any time on Tuesday.

First Timer Meet & Greet

If you are a first time attendee of the conference visit our First Timer Meet & Greet on Monday, February 17th at 8:30 AM or Tuesday, February 18th at 7:30 AM.  During this short meeting, IRWA Staff will give you a brief overview of the conference and insider’s prospective.  We will also introduce you to a few IRWA conference veterans.  This is the perfect time for you to ask any questions you may have about the upcoming conference schedule and events.

Monday Daily Announcement Session

At 9:00 AM on Monday, February 17th our conference will open with IRWA Board President Rod Glosser providing some General Conference information.

Best Tasting Water Luncheon

Monday, February 17th at 11:30 AM we will enjoy a buffet lunch together in the Grand Ballroom B at the conference center.  Our “Best Tasting Water” contest will be held during the lunch.  Our panel of judges will sample all entries and judge them on Taste, Bouquet and Clarity.

Welcome Reception

Be sure to join us for the Monday Night Welcome Reception from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM in the Exhibit Hall at the conference center.  Don’t miss this chance to relax and visit with our vendors.  Games and prize drawings will be held, including a drawing for $500.00 CASH.

Tuesday Daily Announcements Session

Join us on Tuesday morning starting at 8:00 AM for some general conference information from IRWA Board President, Rod Glosser and IRWA CEO Greg Huff.

Tuesday Exhibit Hall

The Exhibit Hall will be open ALL DAY on Tuesday.  Our vendors are always excited to have an opportunity to say Hello.  Take this opportunity to thank them for being here.  Their contributions are what make this the largest Industry Event in Iowa.  And remember, we will continue to hand out conference t-shirts, spin the Cash Wheel and hunt for the “Seek and Find” game images.  Plus, the winner of the “Seek and Find” game will be announced at the Tuesday Afternoon break in the Exhibit Hall.  The Exhibit Hall is not available on Wednesday of the conference.

Awards Luncheon

The IRWA Awards Luncheon will be held Tuesday at 11:00 AM in Grand Ballroom B and is included with a Full Registration.  Our luncheon is an opportunity to honor key system and community leaders for their commitment to the industry.  Awards will be announced before the lunch begins to honor our recipients.  Our 2nd $500.00 Cash winner will be announced at this time in the ballroom.  Following the awards, we will have a casual dining experience with time to socialize with your peers. 

IRWA Tuesday Social

Join us on Tuesday Evening at the Hilton Des Moines Downtown starting at 5:00 PM in the “Blue Drop Lounge” for our IRWA Social.  Enjoy a networking opportunity with IRWA Staff, IRWA Board Members, Exhibitors and your peers.  Each attendee will have a final opportunity to win $500 in cash.  There will be an IRWA Host Bar and light hors d’oeuvres stations.

PAC Breakfast

On Wednesday at 7:30 AM in Room 309 Kathie Obradovich, editor of the Iowa Capital Dispatch, will talk about what to expect from this year’s legislative session as well as share her thoughts on the upcoming congressional and state legislative elections.  Prior to joining Iowa Capital Dispatch, Kathie was a statehouse reporter, political editor and opinion editor for the Des Moines Register.  Iowa Capital Dispatch is a new, online nonprofit publication that works to keep Iowans informed about what government officials are doing with your money, your freedom and your safety.  You can view this online publication at: https://iowacapitaldispatch.com.  Come hear from an insider about the legislative process and ask questions about what to expect from this legislative session.  There is no charge for this event but a voluntary contribution of $40 to the IRWPAC is requested.

Wednesday Lunch

Join us in Rooms 305 – 308 for a soup and sandwich luncheon before the close of our conference.


Online Registration