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44th Annual Conference - February 18-20, 2019


Attendee Information


General Information

Location: Veterans Memorial Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center
833 Fifth Ave
Des Moines, Iowa

Registration Information

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

ATTENTION City Clerks/ Mayors/Council Members! We offer a Tuesday Exhibit Hall only pass for those just wanting the opportunity to visit with our vendors (lunch and Training Sessions NOT included).

Registration Fees:

Super Saver Full Registration (Members Only) –Before Friday, January 18th $335.00
Full Registration (Members Only)—After Friday, January 18th $360.00
Non-Member Full Registration  $360.00

One-Day Registration

Monday $160.00
Tuesday $160.00
Tuesday Exhibit Hall Only $50.00
Wednesday $160.00

Monday Best Tasting Water Luncheon $18.00
Tuesday Awards Luncheon $20.00
Wednesday Lunch $18.00

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 February 1st) using the Super Saver Full Registration option to receive a full registration discounted fee. 

If written/faxed notice of cancellation is received by January 18, 2019, you will receive a full refund minus a $50.00 administrative fee.  No refunds will be issued after Friday, January 18, 2019. Meal Tickets are not guaranteed for on-site registrations.

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

Hotel Information

Hilton Des Moines
Rooms have been reserved at the Hilton Des Moines Downtown in Des Moines, Iowa.  Your reservations can be made by calling (515) 241-1456.  Please DO NOT reserve more rooms than you will need as you will be charged a cancellation fee. Simply mention that you are with the IRWA Annual Conference to receive the special conference rate of $129.00.  Deadline for Hilton Comfort Inn & Suites Online Reservation Link Des Moines reservations is Friday, January 18, 2019

Hilton Des Moines Online Reservation

Additional rooms are available at the Comfort Inn & Suites.  For reservations at the Comfort Inn, call (515) 282-5251 and mention IRWA to receive the $110.00 conference rate.  Deadline for Comfort Inn & Suites reservations is Sunday, January 27th. 

Comfort Inn & Suites Online Reservation


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.  Complimentary Parking is available at the Comfort Inn & Suites.  Parking is also available at the Iowa Events Center for an entrance fee of $8.00.

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 depending on which sessions you attend. 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 20th.

Registration Desk OPEN

The IRWA registration is open continuously during the conference.  Starting first thing Monday morning, you are welcome to come and get checked in at any time during the day.  We will also hand out packets during the evening Welcome Reception.  So come and join us whenever you arrive.   

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!

Seek and Find Game

The IRWA Exhibit Hall “Seek and Find” game is coming back for a 2nd year.  You can find your “Seek and Find” game card with your registration packet.  Find all twelve items in the exhibit hall, put your name on the game card and turn in your form 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.

First Timer Meet & Greet

If you are a first time attendee of the conference visit our First Timer Meet & Greet on Monday, February 18th at 8:30 AM or Tuesday, February 19th at 7:30 AM.  During this short meeting, IRWA Staff will give you a brief overview of the conference and insider’s prospective.  Also, we will 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.

Best Tasting Water Luncheon

Monday, February 18th at 11:30 AM we will enjoy a buffet lunch together in the Grand Ballroom B at the conference center.  In addition, 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.  See the Best Tasting Water flyer for additional details and the requirements for submitting your city or system’s water sample.

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.  In addition, games and prize drawings will be held, including a drawing for $500.00 CASH.

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, draw names for the Cash Wheel and offer time to hunt for the “Seek and Find” game images.  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.  In addition, 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 for our IRWA Social.  Enjoy a networking opportunity with IRWA Staff, IRWA Board Members, Exhibitors and your peers.  There will be an IRWA Host Bar and light hors’doeurves.

PAC Breakfast

Join us for breakfast on February 20 at 7:30 a.m. to hear top political experts talk about the 2019 legislative session and the upcoming elections.   This is an opportunity to hear their perspectives about the key issues facing legislators and to ask questions about the issues important to you.   This event helps raise funds for the IRWA political action committee, a committee governed by six elected members who oversee contributions to those legislators who support issues important to communities and rural water systems.  Contribution expected (not included in registration).

Wednesday Lunch

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



Contact Cathy Law at Iowa Rural Water Association
(800) 747-7782 or email at [email protected]