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Navigating to New Shores: Seizing the Future for Sustainable and Resilient U.S. Freshwater Resources

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread announced the release of its final report, titled, “Navigating to New Shores: Seizing the Future for Sustainable and Resilient U.S. Freshwater Resources” yesterday. This report and its recommendations lay out an optimistic vision for the nation’s water resources.

The report leads with a vision that illustrates what The Johnson Foundation believes is both possible and necessary to achieve if our nation is
 to successfully navigate our water challenges. It then presents a set of principles to help guide the efforts of leaders in various sectors as they act upon the recommendations offered.

The report marks the conclusion of the Foundation’s work on U.S. freshwater issues and will provide a platform to discuss successes and set goals for the battles that still lie ahead. The Foundation will be conducting a final convening that will focus on the progress made over the past six years by everyone involved in CNW and opportunities for others to carry the work forward.

More information is available on the The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread website.


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Congratulations to American Water’s Julee Womack – our latest Living Water Awards winner!

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

This morning we announced that Julee Womack of American Water Military Services Group had been selected to receive the NAWC Living Water Award. The NAWC Living Water Awards program, established in 2012, celebrates exemplary private water industry professionals who are “living water” through their commitment to quality, service and community.

Womack, a military spouse, was instrumental in building strong relationships between Hill Air Force Base and American Water – the NAWC member company responsible for the operation and maintenance of the water and wastewater systems at the base. Womack is described by peers as an essential member of the team who goes above and beyond to find answers to challenging issues. Her nomination also praised her cheerful demeanor and positive outlook.

As one of the 2014 winners, Womack is in the running for the 2014 Grand Prize Winner of the 2014 Living Water Awards. The Grand Prize Winner will be announced October 7 at the 2014 NAWC Water Summit in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Read the full press release on NAWC’s website.

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Robert Iacullo Featured on Radio for WaterWorks Advocacy Day

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

Robert Iacullo, executive vice president of United Water New Jersey, does a great job explaining water challenges facing New Jersey in a conversation with WKXW 101.5 in Trenton.

Those of us in the industry work hard to educate our customers on issues concerning water systems. In his radio interview, recorded while he was at WaterWorks Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., Bob points out that, over the next 20 years, New Jersey is in need of $40 billion in water and wastewater infrastructure upgrades. The good news is that 40% of the state’s population is served by private water companies that are upgrading their infrastructure and see it is imperative. Public-private partnerships, as Bob effectively states, can help public utilities overcome their infrastructure and fiscal challenges.

Take a listen to hear more from Robert Iacullo:

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2015 Water & Wastewater Leadership Center

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

The Water & Wastewater Leadership Center is now accepting applications for the 2015 session (March 8-19, 2015). The Leadership Center’s curriculum is designed for current and up-and-coming water and wastewater utility CEOs,General Managers, Senior Managers, and Upper-Level Management – both public and private. The Center is comprised of an intensive 11-day residential training program including a 360 degree assessment of your leadership style, unlimited peer networking and enhanced leadership curriculum tailored specifi cally to the water and wastewater industry.

The Leadership Center’s curriculum focuses on:

•Utility business assessment, personal performance evaluation and improvement planning
•Self-awareness and assessment
•Preparation of individual action plans
•Examination of challenges facing public utilities in the future
•Discussions on water and wastewater industry topics
•Leading organizational change

The deadline for applications is October 31, 2014.  Click here for the application.

The Water & Wastewater Leadership Center is joint initiative between the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC), the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA), the American Public Works Association (APWA), the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF).

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EPA Introduces EnviroAtlas

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

EPA has introduced a new interactive web-based tool to assist states, communities and citizens with policy and planning decisions related to efforts to promote both sustainable and economically robust communities.   EnviroAtlas combines maps, analysis tools, fact sheets and downloadable data into an easy-to-use, web-based resource that allows users to understand the implications of various decisions and their potential impacts on ecosystems.

Key components of EnviroAtlas include the following:

•A multi-scaled Interactive Map with broad scale data for the lower 48 states and fine scale data for selected communities
•The Eco-Health Relationship Browser, which shows the linkages between ecosystems, the services they provide, and human health
•Ecosystem services information, GIS and analysis tools, and written resources

Additional information is available on the EPA website.

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Iowa American Water President Appointed to EPA’s National Drinking Water Advisory Council

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

Iowa American Water has announced president, Randy Moore, will serve as a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC) for a three-year beginning on September 15, 2014.

The NDWAC EPA is comprised of members of the general public, state and local agencies, and private groups concerned with safe drinking water. The council advises the EPA Administrator on everything relating to drinking water for the Agency.

“Becoming a member of the NDWAC represents an exciting opportunity for me because this involvement would allow me to affect change and promote stability in the water industry at a national level,” said Moore. “My 35 years of experience in the water industry have prepared me well to serve in this capacity, and I look forward to working collaboratively with fellow members to continue to support and promote our industry and the continued safety and reliability of our nation’s drinking water supplies as required by the Safe Drinking Water Act.”

Read the full release online.

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Alliance for Water Efficiency Launches Financing Sustainable Water Initiative to Help Water Managers Build Better Rates

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

The Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) has launched a new program to help water managers build better rate structures. The overall goal of the initiative, titled Financing Sustainable Water, is to combat the common misperception that conservation makes rates rise by providing innovative new resources, including tools and data to water managers, elected officials, and consumers to support rate setting efforts.

Water managers are encouraged to visit to access these new resources.

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The Water Values Podcast Featuring NAWC’s Executive Director Michael Deane

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

Earlier this year Denver-based attorney Dave McGimpsey launched a podcast series focusing on water. Each week Dave interviews someone in the water industry to get their perspective on current issues. The series of interviews, titled “The Water Values Podcast”, is available on Dave’s website, The Water Values, iTunes, Stitcher and other podcast directories. NAWC Executive Director Michael Deane was interviewed by Dave last month and provided his perspective on:

  • The private side of the water utility business, or Investor-owned utilities – and who they serve.
  • What role does the NAWC play in addressing water challenges in communities across the U.S.
  • What our nation’s water utilities need most, and what is the cost impact for both water service providers and American households.
  • What to expect from new economic, public health and environmental regulations – and what role the federal government plays in keeping our water clean and safe.
  • What innovation is now asking of the water utility industry.

The interview is now available on The Water Values website.

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United Water Making Water Safer with New Partnership

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

United Water, one of our member companies, is doing a lot of great things in their communities. From serving meals to people in need to planting trees along urban streets to cleaning up public beaches, the company and their employees are great ambassadors of public service.

United Water has developed a new initiative that addresses an issue many utilities face. We at the NAWC think the partnership is spreading a powerful message and you should be aware of it, too. United Water is teaming up with the National Community Pharmacists Association and joining their campaign. The goal is to alert people of the dangers imposed by the improper disposal of pharmaceutical drugs.

According to published reports, a vast array of medicines, like antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers, hormones and tranquilizers, have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans.

So how is it that trace amounts of those drugs end up in drinking water? People typically flush their unused medication down the toilet or wash them down the sink when they are done taking them. While their intent is to get rid of the medication rather than have a drug in the house that could be used improperly, they have disposed of it in the worst possible way imaginable.

By partnering with the National Community Pharmacists Association and their effort, United Water is taking the environmental impact message to the streets. They are educating communities about proper pharmaceutical disposal and locations where you can drop of your unused meds.

When you have a chance, please take the time to visit and learn more about what they do and how you can help. Our friends at United Water did and we want to thank them and the National Community Pharmacist Association for spreading the word.

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Pennsylvania American Water’s Announces Winners of the Keystone Firefighting Challenge

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

During the month of July, Pennsylvania American Water used its Facebook page as the platform for a social-media based competition to engage local fire departments. Winning fire departments would receive grant money to help purchase needed firefighting equipment and training.

The overall winner, Eagle Hose Company Number 1 collected 1,251 votes with Citizens Fire Company Number 1 taking second place after receiving 787 votes. Eagle Hose Company Number 1 plans to use its $700 grant to offset the cost of a new hydrant assist valve, while Citizens Fire Company Number 1 will use its $300 grant to defray costs for state-certified firefighting training.

“The ‘Keystone Firefighting Challenge’ was a fun and friendly competition, using social media, to engage local fire departments in the communities we serve,” said Pennsylvania American Water President Kathy L. Pape. “We’re proud to help support the purchase of equipment and training for the winning fire companies and grateful for our customers’ Facebook votes of confidence in their important work.”

The full press release is available on the Pennsylvania American Water website.

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