WASDA Washington Summit 

Your Association held its first-ever Fly-in on The Hill in Washington, DC on July 10 - 12, 2023! 


During a recent Strategic Planning Session, WASDA Leadership identified Advocacy & Government Affairs as key initiatives for the Association. Thanks to vision and foresight of Greg Velz, Fortiline Waterworks, & Chair of the WASDA Industry Relations Committee, and Zack Perconti, WASDA Director of Government Affairs, WASDA is keeping its fingertips on the pulse of U.S. Legislative and Public Policy.

The WASDA Washington Summit is your company's chance to advocate for the waterworks industry on current critical issues on The Hill. The U.S. Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act (H.R. 3684) and the appropriation of funds is just the start of legislative issues directly tied to our industry.

Attendees participated in a Legislative Debriefing, heard presentations from members of U.S. Congress and Agencies, visited with U.S. Representatives and Senators, and networked with colleagues. 


Schedule of Events

For a quick Snapshot of what happened in 2023, note the following:


Monday, July 10th



Tuesday, July 11th

At Hotel

Breakfast (Hotel)


Legislative Debriefing (Hotel)


Zack Perconti, WASDA Director of Legislative Affairs


Members of U.S. Congress and Agencies (Invited)


Lunch (Hotel)



Location (TBD)


Dinners (on own)

Wednesday, July 12th

On The Hill


Breakfast (Hotel)


Office Visits with U.S. Representatives / Senators 

(The Hill)

 Lunch (on own)


Debrief for Day (The Hill)


Thursday, July 13th




For a complete Schedule of Events, click below.
Complete Schedule of Events


About the Facilitators

 Greg Velz, Chair, WASDA Industry Relations Committee

Greg Velz, Chair, WASDA Industry Relations Committee


Zack Perconti, WASDA Director of Government Affairs

Zack Perconti, a graduate of the College of William & Mary and the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, has worked on infrastructure and labor issues since 2016. He has deep knowledge of U.S. legislative, budgetary, and regulatory processes and is an expert on grassroots communication. This has translated into high effectiveness in achieving clients’ government-relations objectives. Zack is an accomplished home chef, and he enjoys hiking with his wife, Ariela, and their dog, Sadie.




The WASDA Washington Summit 2023 was hosted at the Hilton Washington DC Capitol Hill!


Travel Information

The preferred airport for travel to Washington, DC is as follows: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is approximately 5 miles (15 to 30 minutes) from the Hilton Washington DC Capitol Hill. Check out the Ground Transportation page for Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). Check flight options accordingly. Note that ground travel times will vary pending time of day and traffic patterns between the airport and the hotel. Please plan accordingly.

You may also consider the following airports:

Dulles International Airport (IAD)

Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI)

For general information on “things to see and do” in Washington, DC, check out Destination DC.



If you have any questions, please contact WASDA at [email protected] or 630.672.3670.