LAS VEGAS – More than 900 participants from 33 states and the District of Columbia and seven foreign nations participated in the fifth annual WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition, held here October 3-5. With a program featuring comprehensive professional sessions, panel discussions, and pre-conference workshops, WSI reaffirmed its status as the largest conference in the world devoted to urban water efficiency, said Program Chairman Doug Bennett. “It’s critical that we accelerate adoption of water efficiency concepts in urban environments,” Bennett said. “As a peer-to-peer conference, our attendees have the opportunity to get the most current information on what’s working.” The conference featured an opening keynote address by J. Carl Ganter, co-founder and director of Circle of Blue, the internationally recognized website which reports on global freshwater issues. In addition, a luncheon featured the presentation of the WaterSense Partner of the Year Awards by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense Program and the Alliance for Water Efficiency. Technical tours to Hoover Dam, the Springs Preserve and The Venetian Resort highlighted Southern Nevada's water-efficiency practices and water resources, while an expo hall provided 60 exhibitors with an opportunity to share their water-efficient products and services. The Southern Nevada Water Authority presented WSI in partnership with the Alliance for Water Efficiency, American Water Works Association, Audubon International, California Landscape Contractors Association, California Urban Water Conservation Council, the U.S. EPA’s WaterSense Program, Green Plumbers USA, International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, International Center for Water Technology, International Code Council and Irrigation Association. The sixth annual WSI conference and expo is slated for October 2-4, 2013, at the South Point Hotel and Conference Center in Las Vegas. More information is available at www.WaterSmartInnovations.com <http://www.WaterSmartInnovations.com> .