Energy and water systems are interdependent, and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has invested in energy and water for several years, including the Energy-Water Desalination Hub (led by the National Alliance for Water Innovation, NAWI), and research and development (R&D) in resource recovery from wastewater, among other areas. The Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) held The Future of Water Infrastructure and Innovation Summit to inform the understanding of future opportunities in the water space.  The virtual summit was held on October 27 and 28, 2020. The organizers gathered information from a diverse group of relevant water and wastewater stakeholders representing academia, industry, government, nongovernmental organizations, and local/regional utilities.

Topics from Day 1 discussions included: desalination, water and wastewater treatment/recovery, produced water, industrial management of water, and hydropower, conveyance, and water systems.