Joint Conference

2023 Joint Conference: “Working Together To Protect Montana’s Water Resources”
2023 Preconference: Sponsored by MWEA “Collection & Conveyance: Just FluSH IT”

When: April 25-27, 2023
Copper King Hotel & Convention Center
Address: 4655 Harrison Ave, Butte America 59701


By phone: 406-533-6960

Make your hotel room reservation by March 25th for guaranteed rate.  Rooms will be released from the block after this date if they are not filled!  Remember to mention code MSAWWA-MWEA Conference.
Additional blocks of rooms has been reserved at the Hampton Inn (406-494-2250) and at Fairfield Inn (406-494-3000) due to the fact that the Copper King has filled quickly.  Please mention code “MSAWWA-MWEA Conference”.

Conference Information & Registration Forms:

  • Program Abstract Submission: The Call For Program Abstracts for the 2023 Conference is closed.
  • The updated 2023 Joint Conference Program is available here:  2023 Joint Conference Program
  • Attendee registration: Click here to register!
    • Early bird deadline: April 3, 2023
    • Why should you attend a Joint Conference?  In addition to earning CEUs/PDHs there are many reasons!  Click on the link to find out more.  Print it out an give to your employer if they need some “extra” convincing! 2023 Value of Conference flyer
    • CEC Information—Approximately 7 hours of training will be available for attendance at the preconference & 11 hours of training will be available for attendance at the conference, with a possible additional 2 hours for attendance at the Thursday afternoon facility tours. Actual number of credit hours are awaiting MT DEQ approval. Additional information & CEC forms will be included in your registration packet at the conference
  • Exhibitor booth & sponsorship registration: OPEN!
    • Exhibitor set up will take place on Tuesday afternoon from 2pm to 5pm, followed by an Exhibitor sponsored Ice Breaker for all Exhibitors, Attendees and Speakers.
    • Exhibitors are asked to remain on-site until 6:30 pm on Wednesday of the conference.
    • Exhibitors are welcome to remain on-site through the conclusion of the conference at 1 pm on Thursday.
    • Sponsorship opportunity information is included on the exhibitor registration forms for those that wish to help sponsor the conference but may not want to exhibit.
    • Please read the information available in the following link before registering: 2023 Exhibitor Registration Invite
    • The booth layout map is available to view here (and is also on the registration form): 2023 Exhibitor Booth Map
    • ALL REGISTRATION FORMS MUST BE COMPLETED/SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY.  Electronic payments by debit or credit card are accepted, or you can pay with a check. Click on the following link for more information and to register: 2023 Joint Conference Exhibitor Booth & Sponsorship Registration

Don’t forget the Best Tap Water Taste Test & Operator Trivia Challenge that will take place on Thursday morning of the conference!  Bring a sample of your city/community water to enter in the Taste Test and get your team of 4 to 5 ready for the Trivia Challenge! Contact Robin Matthews-Barnes at for more information.

Overview of the 2023 Preconference/Conference Schedule: The following schedule is tentative and subject to change at any time at the discretion of MSAWWA & MWEA

2023 MWEA Sponsored Preconference

Tuesday/April 25th
Theme:  Collection & Conveyance: Just FluSH IT
Registration desk open 7 am to 5 pm.
Educational sessions 8 am to 5 pm.
Ice Breaker Reception 5:00–6:30 pm.

2023 Joint Conference

Wednesday/April 26th  & Thursday/April 27th
Theme:  Working Together To Protect Montana’s Water Resources

AWWA Guest:  Ken Lykens, Water Utility Council Chair
WEF Guest:  Stephen Sanders, WEF Board of Trustees

Wednesday Schedule:
Registration desk open 7 am to 5 pm
Educational sessions 8 am to 5 pm. General session 8 am to 11:30 am. Break out sessions in afternoon. Lunch provided.
Beer and wine reception 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Banquet & Awards 6:30 pm
Entertainment: Game Night!

Thursday Schedule:
Joint General Membership Meeting 7:30 am
Registration desk open 8 am to noon
Best Tap Water Taste Test & Operator Trivia Challenge during the break
Educational sessions 8 am to noon. Lunch provided.
Water/Wastewater Facility tours

Water For People Fundraiser:

Every year at the annual conference a fundraiser is held for the benefit of WFP. Please contact Carrie Gardner (WFP committee chair) at for more information.

Joint Scholarship Fund Raffle:

The Scholarship Committee will be heading up a raffle again at the conference to benefit the MSAWWA-MWEA Joint Scholarship Fund. The scholarship (s) is awarded each year to a qualified recipient (s) furthering their education in the water or wastewater fields of study. For more information please contact Greg Lukasik, Chair, at

Members wishing to obtain copies of presentations should contact the presenter directly, or contact Robin Matthews-Barnes for presenter contact information.