5 - 7 September 2023


During Aquatech Mexico 2022, attendees of the Conference Program will find a group of experts from the Advisory Council led by CONIECO. Lectures will impart experience, essential knowledge and relevant information. The exchange of knowledge and the establishment of new contacts is an important part of the platform of
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Tuesday September 6 - Hall C

09:00 - 10:00 hrs

Public policies

Water Resilience in Mexico – Between Saying and Doing

Marissa Mar, Water Education and Communication Expert, Rio Bravo Basin Council

  • In what aspects is water security threatened in Mexico and how does it impact our work?
  • How can we work together to build resilience to water stress scenarios?

“Rain Harvest" Social Program 

Claudia Hernández, General Director of Policy Coordination and Environmental Culture, SEDEMA

  • One of the main objectives of the program is to improve the water supply of the inhabitants of Mexico City
  • The inhabitants who are interested in participating in the program will benefit from the installation of the Rain Harvester     
      System and the necessary training to know how to use it correctly, all for free

Presenter: Rafael Val, Vice President, Mexican Association of Engineering and Water Sciences

10:00 - 11:00 hrs

Smart Water

Smart Water – Dime H2O: Iot, solutions for Smart Cities

Oscar E. Olivares, Consultor, Qualcomm y Samuel Bautista, Coordinador General, The Social Intelligence Unit

  • Describe the Smart Water project – Dime H2O in the state of Yucatán
  • Promote the community strategy to spread the importance of measuring water quality in a Smart Cities environment

Smart water network management

Sergio Montes de Oca, Product Manager, Services & Solutions, Endress + Hauser, México

  • Show a state-of-the-art solution that significantly reduces operating times
  • Maintain a significant amount of data on water and energy consumption and other relevant parameters on a secure and reliable platform

Presenter: Rafael Val, Vice President, Mexican Association of Engineering and Water Sciences

11:00 - 11:30 hrs

Opening Ceremony

  • Aquatech LATAM Awards
  • Exhibition Tour

11:30 - 12:00 hrs


12:00 - 13:00 hrs

International Keynote

The route to a sustainable and action-oriented water agenda

Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Presenter: Eduardo Vázquez, Executive Director, Agua Capital

13:00 - 14:00 hrs


The importance of groundwater for Mexico

Luis Ernesto Marín, General Director, Grupo Ha

  • More than 80 million Mexicans depend on groundwater as their only source of water supply
  • Strategies will be presented to take care of this resource and to be trained in groundwater issues

Making the invisible visible: importance of groundwater for Mexico´s future

Manuel Perló, Senior Researcher C, Institute of Social Research, UNAM

  • Highlight the risks and dangers posed by the current use and overexploitation of aquifers
  • Present successful cases in the management of aquifers in the world

Presenter: Raúl Morales, Member of the Board of Honor, Mexican Geohydrological Association

14:00 - 16:00 hrs

Lunch time and visit the exhibition

16:00 - 17:00

Cutzamala system - 40th anniversary

Water Security and Resilience Program for the Valley of Mexico (PROSEGHIR)


  1. Víctor Bourguett, General Director, Water Basin Organization of the Valley of Mexico, CONAGUA 
  2. Jean Martin Brault, Water Expert, World Bank
  3. Rafael Carmona, General Coordinator, SACMEX
  4. Raúl Charro, General Director of the Hydraulic Program, Water Commission of the State of Mexico 


  • The activities carried out by CONAGUA to guarantee the operation of this source of supply will be presented
  • The current situation of the Cutzamala system will be explained, as well as the storage projections used for the planning and    management of the system


Presenter: Veronica Martínez, Coordinator of the Water Security and Resilience Program, World Bank - Mexico

Wednesday September 7 - Hall C

09:00 - 10:00 hrs

Water cirularity

Towards hydro-intelligent cities

Fernando J. González Villarreal, Director General, Regional Center for Water Security under the auspices of UNESCO

  • What role does the circular economy play in hydro-intelligent cities?
  • How to match gray infrastructure with nature-based solutions?

L’Oréal México: Actions to promote water circularity

Fernando Alarcón, Corporate Responsibility Diretor for LATAM, L’Oréal

  • Release the commitments and specific actions we have taken to continue transforming our business while respecting the     
       limits or our planet, through the L'Oréal for the Future program, for example:
  • By 2030, 100% of the water used for our industrial processes will be recycled and reused in a cycle

Water reuse: not an option, but a necessity

Juan Pablo Rodríguez, Commercial Director, SUEZ - Water Technologies & Solutions Mexico
  • To learn about the benefits of water reuse in the different industries at an environmental, productive and economic level,
       with a potential savings between 50 and 70%
  • Become aware of the scope of water reuse in companies and industrial production plants to improve their response capacity
       in water stress scenarios and mitigate environmental impact

Presenter: Alejandra López, Director, Sustainable Watersheds Program, The Nature Conservancy Mexico

10:00 - 11:00 hrs

Water sector regulations  

NMX-AA-179-SCFI-2018 Measurement of volumes of national waters used, exploited or harnessed

Rosa María Taboada, General Coordinator of Collection and Control, CONAGUA

  • The correct measurement of national waters will make possible to achieve integrated water resources management, promote
       actions for efficient use, and prevent the hoarding of national waters.
  • Be certain of the volumes used to eliminate information asymmetries and improve the user-authority relationship, as well as
       optimization of resource management

Water and Wastewater Operators and the challenge of compliance with the updating of Mexican Official Standards

Hugo Rojas, General Director, ANEAS 

  • After 25 years, NOM-001-SEEMARNAT-2021 was approved. Nowdays, there is information regarding the status of the WWTPs,
       the guidelines for their compliance and their implications
  • The country's utilities must prepare to comply with NOM-127-SSA1-2021, but this requires a thorough understanding of its
       implications and possible solutions to achieve it

Private sector opinion on the new standard (NOM-001) for wastewater discharges, and areas of opportunity on NOM-127-SSA-SSA1-2021

José Ramón Ardavín, Executive Director, CESPEDES

  • Listen to an analysis by the regulated business sector, on the inconsistencies and impacts of NOM 001, based on real     
      experience, and not on theory
  • Listen the private sector´s point of view on the conditions for both standards to help the country achive the goal of
       integrated water management

Presenter: Juan Carlos Valencia, Professor, UNAM

11:00 - 11:30 hrs


11:30 - 12:30 hrs

Water and climate change

Water and Climate Change in Cities

Gloria Soto, Professor and Researcher, UAM- Cuajimalpa

  • how climate simulations for Mexico City and the challenges they pose
  • Reflect on the possible impacts of climate change on water availability and flood risk

12:30 - 13:30 hrs

Water management - state of Chihuahua

Challenges for the sustainability of water in the State of Chihuahua

Mario Mata, Executive Director and José E. Cardona, Member of the Technical Directorate, Central  

Board of Water and Sanitation of Chihuahua

  • I water data
  • Droughts and floods
  • Quality of drinking and treated water
Presenter: Roberto Olivares, President, Latin American Network of Basin Organizations

12:30 - 13:30 hrs

Water governance

The very complex Governance of Water

Ramón Aguirre, Chairman of the Advisory Council, ANEAS

  • Adequate integrated management of water resources involves a wide range of issues, which are summarized in Water     
       Governance. These are supported by three fundamental themes: Effectiveness, Efficiency, Trust and Participation, which in
        turn are broken down into 12 sub-themes that show us the great complexity.

Water Governance – challenges

Amalia Salgado, Deputy Coordinator of Water Planning, Economics and Finance, IMTA

  • Outline some challenges in water management related to governance
  • Place collaborative and deliberative governance as a viable alternative for resolving conflicts, build agreements and generate    trust
Presenter: Roberto Olivares, Embassador, International Water Association

13:30 - 14:30 hrs

General water law

  • Eduardo Mestre, Senior Advisor, The International Water Foundation
  • Raúl Rodríguez, President, Water Advisory Council

Presenter: Susana Barroso, Coordinator of the Communication Committee, Water Advisory Council

14:00 - 16:00 hrs

Lunch time and visit the exhibition

Thursday September 8 - Hall C

09:00 - 10:00 hrs

Planning and financing for water projects

Abelardo Arroyo, Senior Investment Officer, IFC 

Operational and Financial Sustainability of Water Utilities

Carlos A. Puente, Director of Water, Energy and Environment, BANOBRAS 

  • The first Priority Objective of the National Water Program 2020 – 2024, stipulates to progressively guarantee the human rights to water and sanitation, especially in the most vulnerable population and Priority Strategy
  • 1.3 mentions Strengthening the water and sanitation operating agencies, in order to ensure quality services to the population

 Presenter: tba

10:00 - 11:00 hrs

Water infrastructure

Water challenges in Mexico

Felipe I. Arreguín, President, College of Civil Engineers of Mexico

  • Achieve the SDGs (water supply, sanitation, prevention and protection against disasters and cross-border cooperation)
  • Rehabilitate and maintain the existing water infrastructure (Dam Safety Program)

Challenges and opportunities in water infrastructure for drinking water supply

Juan Carlos García, Founder and General Director, Eta Intelly

  • State the main problems in Mexico as well as some action strategies
  • To highlight a case of success

Presenter: Eduardo Salazar, Director, E&E Construcción

11:00 - 11:30 hrs


11:30 - 12:30 hrs

Integrated management and water resources  

Information for Integrated Water Management in Mexico

María Perevochtchikova, Professor and Researcher, El Colegio de México

  • Current situation of water and water management in Mexico

  • Principles of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and Water (GIA)

The future of water management – From NOM 011 to dynamic water risk monitoring

Agustín Breña, Hydrology Coordinator, IMTA

  • Water risk: origin and evolution. What are the existing tools for water risk assessment
  • Why is it necessary to incorporate more and better information?

Presenter: Carolina Leyva, Technical Manager of the National Laboratory of Science, Technology and Integrated Water Management, IPN

12:30 - 13:00

Water and food safety

Irrigated agriculture in a world of uncertain climate, limited resources and high competition for water

Waldo Ojeda, President, Mexican College of Irrigation Engineers

  • Poor management of the irrigation planning, distribution, application, evaluation cycle has contributed to magnifying the water crisis in irrigated areas under drought conditions
  • The technification of irrigation involves not only improving irrigation systems, but also how to make optimal and sustainable use of these systems

13:00 - 14:00 hrs

Technological innovation for the water sector

Arsenic in Mexico, how to deal with the problem through adsorbent beds

Aimeé Pérez, Internal Marketing, LANXESS

  • Experience in the removal of arsenic with high levels of silica, the main problem for Mexico and Central America, will be       
  • Attendees will have the necessary tools to deal with this national problem and will be prepared for the modifications in the
      NOM 127 project

Using bioaugmentation to digest sludge in lagoons and reduce H2S in collection systems

Josiah Menako, Microbiologist & Wastewater Technical Service, Microbial Discovery Group

  • Show how to approach wastewater lagoons and collection systems with bioaugmentation to bring a return on investment to
      the end user
  • See real world success when biological products are applied properly

Presenter: Federico Grimaldi, Technical Director, CANAJAD