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2015 Southeast Water Infrastructure Summit

Posted on by Carlos

The 2015 Southeast Water Infrastructure Summit will be held in historic Charleston, South Carolina this year, beginning with a memorable welcome reception on Wednesday, April 29, and continuing with discussions all day Thursday, April 30. This is the only event of its type to address critical challenges for the water sector across the region.

When: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 5:00 PM – Thursday, April 30, 2015 8:00 AM

Where: Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King Street, Charleston, South Carolina USA

Please visit to register.

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EPA’s WaterSense Celebrates Fix a Leak Week

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

watersense_labels_logosEvery year, more than one trillion gallons of water go down the drain because of household leaks. Leaks may increase a water bill by as much as 10 percent.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program encourages consumers to celebrate the seventh annual Fix a Leak Week, March 16-22, 2015, by finding and fixing water leaks in their homes.

Annually, the average American family could be wasting more than 10,000 gallons of water — enough for 270 loads of laundry — due to easy-to-fix leaks. Since 2006 WaterSense has helped consumers save a cumulative 757 billion gallons of water and over $14.2 billion in water and energy bills.

The full press release is available on the EPA Website

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Value of Water Coalition Announces New Partners, Director and Website

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

Yesterday, the Value of Water Coalition announced it has added 12 new leading public and private sector organizations to its coalition, has brought on a new director and has launched a new website.

The Value of Water Coalition draws attention to our nation’s aging and underfunded water infrastructure, and educates on the fundamental importance of water to the economic, environmental and community well-being of America.

“In a few days, we will celebrate the United Nation’s World Water Day, which is a great reminder of how exceptional American water and wastewater service is. The public and private utilities that ensure clean, safe, reliable water to and from homes and businesses across the country are nothing short of remarkable. But utilities, as well as the systems and infrastructure they manage, are taken for granted. While water is priceless, we undervalue it in the United States,” said Radhika Fox, the new director of the Value of Water Coalition.

The founding members of the Value of Water Coalition are: American Water, American Water Works Association, Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, CH2M HILL, MWH Global, National Association of Clean Water Agencies, National Association of Water Companies, United Water, U.S. Water Alliance, Veolia, Water Environment Federation and Xylem.

Today, the founding members are joined by two leading private sector companies: Dow Chemical Company and Black & Veatch. Additionally, major public utilities, which are on the front lines of delivering essential water and wastewater service to millions of people, have joined the coalition. New public utility partners include: Alexandria Renew Enterprises, Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority, DC Water, Hampton Roads Sanitation District, Kansas City Water Services, Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Philadelphia Water Department and San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

Read the full release online.

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Webinar: Understanding and Addressing Business Exposure to Water-Related Risks

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

On March 31 3pm ET the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center is hosting a webinar on how companies can leverage tools to better understand and address their exposure to water risk. During this one hour webinar, you will hear from Lindsay Bass, Manager, Water Stewardship, WWF-US; Libby Bernick, Senior Vice President, Trucost-North America; and Emilio Tenuta, Vice President, Corporate Sustainability, Ecolab, to discuss two methodologies in particular: the WWF Water Risk Filter, and the Water Risk Monetizer. You’ll learn how these tools can be used to understand business exposure to environmental related risk, and how to leverage the results to build the business case and drive collective action. Click here to learn more and register.

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Not a Drop to Drink – America’s Very Real Water Crisis

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

It’s no secret that there are major upgrades needed to our water infrastructure. Check out this infographic made by Column Five to see how serious America’s water crisis really is.


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Activist critics of private water once again prove they are out of touch

Posted on by Michael

Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter’s statement in response to the Administration’s new water infrastructure proposals is a sad reminder that the only thing groups like Food & Water Watch contribute to the national effort to provide safe, reliable and affordable drinking water and wastewater services is one simple word: “no.”

Local officials across the country are seeking innovative solutions to the water infrastructure and management challenges they face. With their announcement on Friday, the White House and the EPA have affirmed the vital role that private sector capital and expertise have in improving our nation’s water and wastewater systems. Importantly, the Administration’s proposals encourage strong collaboration between the public and private sector in meeting our country’s substantial water infrastructure challenges.

The Administration is to be commended, not criticized, for moving to ensure community leaders have the tools they need to deliver the service and value their residents expect from their local water system. Although Hauter calls the Administration’s proposals “misguided,” in reality it is activist organizations like Food & Water Watch that are out of touch.

Despite a strong affirmation by the president and EPA, radical critics of all things private refuse to acknowledge any role for the private sector in meeting our water challenges. For example, the Food & Water Watch statement repeats vague, tired aspersions about price tags and environmental threats when, in fact, thousands of successful public-private partnerships deliver safe water and true value to tens of millions of Americans every day.

Food & Water Watch and its allies say they are looking out for the American people, but in reality, they are just seeking to deny local communities an important option for meeting water and wastewater needs.

While Food & Water Watch continues to say “no” to the local officials considering public-private partnerships, the National Association of Water Companies will work with public officials – from the Administration to municipal utility managers – to ensure every community in America has the information and tools they need to deliver safe and affordable water. And the thousands of water professionals of NAWC member companies will, as always, be on the streets and in the treatment plants protecting their neighbors’ public health, serving as stewards of the environment and strengthening their local economy.

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December 16 Twitterchat: 40th Anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

On Tuesday, December 16 at 1 p.m. EST, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water will hold a Twitter chat featuring Peter Grevatt, the director of the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water.

The chat will explore the accomplishments of the past 40 years under the Safe Drinking Water Act and the challenges that lie ahead. To participate, tweet @EPAwater and use the hashtag #safetodrink. Additional information about the Safe Drinking Water Act and 40th Anniversary can be found online .


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40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

MD_SDWAOn Tuesday, December 9, a national celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act was held at the National Press Club in Washington DC.

Highlights included a keynote address by administrator of the US EPA, Gina McCarthy as well as remarks by NAWC’s executive director, Michael Deane.

Walter Lynch, president and chief operating officer of regulated operations for American Water and NAWC’s current president spoke about the critical role of infrastructure investment and the value of public-private partnerships. American Water’s director of innovation and environmental stewardship, Mark LeChevallier, PhD, addressed the impact of climate change, the energy-water nexus and water reuse.

The event was live streamed and recorded and is now available online.

The actual anniversary date of the Safe Drinking Water Act is December 16, 2014, and we encourage NAWC members to publicize the important role of private water companies in delivering safe drinking water to 73 million Americans every day. Read Michael Deane’s September Huffington Post column on the Safe Drinking Water Act.

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A Personal Commitment to Sharing the Value of Water

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

DuyenTranDuyen Tran was recently named the National Association of Water Companies’ 2014 Living Water Awards recipient. She blogs about what the value of water means to her and why she feels particularly honored to receive this special industry recognition.

Guest post by: Duyen Tran, Director of Sustainable Operations, CH2M HILL’s Operations Management Services

When people ask me what I enjoy most about living in the United States, my answer is “clean air, clean water, and freedom of speech.” That was my answer 40 years ago, and it was the blessing of having clean water available anywhere, anytime that inspired me to become a passionate advocate throughout my career as a water professional.

So I was particularly honored when the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) named me its 2014 Living Water Awards recipient, because it is an opportunity to represent all my many industry colleagues who share that passion and live water every day. Like you, we all want clean water for our families, communities, and everyone, everywhere, in the world. That is why I am committed to using both the NAWC platform and my role as the 2014 – 2015 Speaker of the House of Delegates for the Water Environment Federation to speak out about the value of water.

Over the years, we water professionals have become increasingly vocal about the need for clean water and the infrastructure to support it. A dozen public and private industry organizations and companies have banded together to form the Value of Water Coalition as a way to unify our message regarding the critical need to reinvest in water infrastructure here and around the world. It provides a wealth of information about how water is used in so many ways, and the impact on society if we don’t do everything possible to preserve this precious, limited resource.

I urge each of you to resolve to become better water advocates – not just by doing the good work of cleaning and protecting water, but also by talking about it with our families, neighbors, and our communities. It is our duty and our privilege to speak out on the importance of sustaining water and the systems that deliver and take it away.

Duyen Tran has worked in the water and wastewater industry for 28 years, 25 of them with CH2M HILL, where she has held numerous leadership positions, including her current role as Director of Sustainable Operations for the firm’s Operations Management Services group. She is 2014-15 Speaker-Elect of the House of Delegates for the Water Environment Federation, where she has been a member since 1990 and served in multiple leadership capacities for the international organization. In these and other industry roles at the state and national levels, Duyen has worked to promote public awareness of and further career opportunities for water and wastewater professionals.

Among her many industry honors, she was recently named the National Association of Water Companies’ 2014 Living Water Awards recipient. Duyen earned her B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

This entry also appeared on CH2M HILL’s blog Access Water  and the Water Environment Federation website.

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The Water Values Podcast: Interview with Bob Iacullo, Executive Vice President, United Water

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

WaterValuesEach week Dave McGimpsey posts an interview with a water industry leader to get their perspective on current issues for his podcast, The Water Values.

This week’s guest is Bob Iacullo, executive vice president of United Water. During the podcast Bob and Dave discuss United Water’s P3 agreement with the City of Bayonne in New Jersey, including how the P3 agreement saved Bayonne money not just on the water side, but also improved the city’s credit rating. They also discuss the history of the public-private partnership model in the water sector, how the model has changed and what innovations are taking place. The full interview with Bob Iacullo is now available online.

This podcast, in addition to all previous podcasts in The Water Values series, is available on Dave’s website, The Water Values , iTunes , Stitcher and other podcast directories.

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