Friday, June 23, 2017


  • March 28 - 30, Century II Convention Center, Wichita, KS

    Registration Fee: only $160
    After March 15: $185

    “Knowledge, Experience and You – the KEY to Good Service” is a theme that fits local utilities, the Kansas Rural Water Association (KRWA), other organizations – and agencies. It’s the theme of the 2017 Annual Conference & Exhibition for public water and wastewater systems. The 3-day event includes a robust technical program on operations, policy issues and regulations. It also features the largest display of materials for the water and wastewater industries with 361 exhibit spaces. The program includes outstanding speakers, great food and top notch entertainment. Register early and save $25. This conference is an experience you should not miss.

    Everyone is welcome – city council members, mayors, operators, clerks, managers, bookkeepers, RWD board members, administrators, industry and government officials, sanitarians and plumbers! In 2016, registrants totaled 2,300 people from 339 cities and 199 rural water systems.

  • Rooms have been blocked at the following hotels. Make sure you request the KRWA block. Rooms fill fast. Taxes are in addition to stated rates. KRWA has confirmed blocks at the following hotels. Links to hotel Web sites, where available, are in blue. KRWA suggests that you call the hotel and request the KRWA block to make your room reservations.

    Ambassador Hotel, 104 S. Broadway, Ph. 316/239-7100; comp shuttle to Century II. $154 flat
    Best Western Airport Inn, 6815 W. Kellogg; Ph. 888/942-5666. Free breakfast; comp shuttle to Century II. $79.99 flat
    Best Western Plus Eastgate Inn & Suites, 8300 E. Kellogg; Ph. 316/682-3000. Free breakfast; new hotel in 2009; Use Group ID H65SV3G4; Single or Double $79
    Best Western Governors Inn & Suites, 4742 S. Emporia, Ph. 866/522-0775 or 316/522-0775; comp. Deluxe hot breakfast; Fully renovated in 2015;  $79.99 flat
    Best Western Plus West Wichita Airport, (Formerly Hampton Inn) 3800 W. Kellogg;  Ph. 316/945-4100; comp. airport shuttle and deluxe hot breakfast bar; $109 flat
    Clarion Inn and Suites, 5805 W. Kellogg; Ph. 316/942-7911. Full hot buffet breakfast; comp shuttle to Century II; $74.99 flat
    Comfort Suites, 7515 West Taft St.; Ph. 316/773-1700; comp. Breakfast bar; $104.00 flat
    Courtyard by Marriott. (in OldTown), 820 E. 2nd Street North; Ph. 866-522-8909; $149 flat
    Courtyard Hotel, Wichita East 2975 North Webb Rd., ph.316-636-4600; $114 king or queen
    CrestView Suites - Wichita, 12111 E. Central Avenue; Ph. 888/723-1655 or 316/689-8000; comp. deluxe continental breakfast; studio or one bedroom w/king bed $79.99
    Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview, 400 W. Douglas; Ph. 316/262-5000; Newly renovated; Free hot comp. breakfast; free 5:30 Kickback; Use group #2236694; $8.00 daily parking fee; Single or Double $150
    Fairfield Inn Suites by Marriott, Wichita Downtown, 525 S. Main. New in 2011. Comp. shuttle to Century II; expanded comp. breakfast. Ph. 316-201-1400; $125 King or Queen
    Holiday Inn Select, 549 S. Rock Road; Ph. 888/558-5113 or 316/686-7131, for king or double, (one to four persons); $95 flat
    Homewood Suites by Hilton @ the Waterfront, 1550 N. Waterfront Parkway. Ph. 316/260-8844. One bedroom suite. Fully-equipped kitchen; separate sleeping area, complimentary shuttle. $174
    Hotel at Old Town, 830 E. First, complimentary parking garage; complimentary hot buffet breakfast; Ph. 316/267-4800; $137 Queen; $157 Double
    Hotel at Waterwalk, 711 S. Main St., Downtown Wichita; Ph. 316/263-1061, within walking distance of the Event Center; Complimentary Cook-to-Order Breakfast and Shuttle; $119 Kings; $129 Doubles and One Bedrooms; $149 Loft Suites
    Hyatt Regency, attached to Century II, complimentary parking garage; Ph. 316/293-1234; $147 single; $147 double. Use the following Link for sleeping room reservations at the Hyatt: If you need additional assistance call 1-888-421-1442. This block is sold out.
    LaQuinta, 5500 W. Kellogg; Ph. 316/943-2181; complimentary deluxe continental breakfast; newly renovated; $85 flat
    Wichita East Fairfield Inn, by Marriott, 333 S. Webb Road; Ph. 316/685-3777; comp. continental breakfast; scheduled shuttle to Airport and Century II; $84 flat
    Wyndham Garden Hotel (formerly Holiday Inn), 221 E. Kellogg; within walking distance to Century II, comp. shuttle to Century II and airport; Ph. 316/269-2090; $99 Single or Double


    7:00 a.m. 5K-KRWA run/walk
    7:30 a.m. Registration Opens – Connecting Lobby, Century II, Hospitality – beverages, rolls and more

    EXPO Hall is no longer Wireless
    Century II Convention Center now requires users to purchase Internet access. Internet access is available for purchase by opening a web browser and selecting a plan. KRWA will have three “computer workstations” located in the hospitality area of EXPO Hall for anyone to use for Internet, accessing email or printing documents. The three stations in EXPO Hall are without charge.

    8:30 a.m. Spring Golf Tourney – Rolling Hills Golf Club (pay $75, see registration form)
    9:00 a.m. Attorneys’ Forum (for attorneys only)
    9:30 a.m. City Clerks’Forum and RWD Office Forum preconference sessions begin
    10:00 a.m. Other preconference sessions begin
    Noon: Lunch, purchase meals on registration form
    1:00 p.m. Preconference sessions reconvene 
    4:00 p.m. EXPO Hall opens – 361 booths
    6:30 p.m. Opening Nite – “Meet & Greet!” – barbecue, social, games, $10,000 in prizes; purchase ticket for $15

    7:30 a.m. Registration Opens – Connecting Lobby, Century II, Hospitality – beverages, rolls and fruit 
    8:30 a.m. Opening Session – Concert Hall; Keynote: David Browning – The Mayberry Deputy, The Future: Which “Key” Unlocks Your Potential”
    10:00 a.m. EXPO Hall Opens
    10:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
    Noon: Luncheon – Century II, Special Guest: Tracy Streeter, Director, Kansas Water Office
    1:30 p.m. Spouse Program – Riverview Room at the Hyatt: Hyatt Chef Paul Freimuth and Krista Sanderson of Real Food America
    1:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions 
    2:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
    4:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
    5:00 p.m. Social in EXPO Hall
    6:30 p.m. Awards Banquet, Awards Presentations, Entertainment: Life Could Be a Dream


    7:30 a.m.- EXPO Hall opens – pancakes & more by Chris Cakes in EXPO Hall – breakfast closes at 9:00 a.m.  
    8:00 a.m. Annual Meeting of KRWA Membership, Room 209A 
    9:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
    10:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
    Noon: Luncheon – Century II, Special Guest: Ron Wilson, Huck Boyd Institute
    1:30 p.m. Certification Exam, Water & Wastewater Small Systems, Classes I - IV, Hyatt Ballroom E

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