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PBS Highlights Importance of Water & Wastewater Services to Our Nation’s History

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PBS launched a new series of videos, How We Got to Now, with an episode that highlights how wastewater and drinking water solutions over the past 150 years have saved lives, cleaned up our cities, and allowed for our economic growth. From Chicago’s strategy to lift literally every building in the city to allow for a functioning sewer system to the tremendous amount of engineering expertise and infrastructure needed to provide these essential services.

Watch the entire episode on the PBS site.

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Pennsylvania American Water Launches Statewide “UTap Challenge” on Social Media

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

Eight schools  across Pennsylvania will be participating in Pennsylvania American Water’s “UTap Challenge,” a Facebook contest that will award the top vote-getter with an Elkay water fountain bottle filler to help cut down on plastic bottled water waste.

Facebook users can vote once each day between October 7 and October 31, for their favorite college or university.  From Pennsylvania American Water’s Facebook page at, users can click “Vote” to see a list of participating schools and short descriptions of where on campus their bottle fillers will be installed, if awarded.

“Students are looking for an inexpensive and convenient way to fill water bottles on the go rather than generating waste and spending a lot of money on bottled water,” said Pennsylvania American Water President Kathy L. Pape. “The UTap Challenge will offset the cost of installing a water fountain bottle filler on the winner’s campus, which benefits students, faculty and staff as well as the environment.”

Participating schools are:
• California University –  Washington County
• Clarion University – Clarion County
• Community College of Allegheny County
• Lebanon Valley College – Lebanon County
• Lackawanna College – Lackawanna County
• Montgomery County Community College
• University of Scranton – Lackawanna County
• Washington & Jefferson College – Washington County

The top vote-getting grant winner will be announced in early November.

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New Book by the Value of Water Coalition Features Industry Leaders

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

The Value of Water: A Compendium of Essays by Smart CEOs is a new book featuring many public and private water industry leaders providing a fresh and incisive perspective on the state of our industry.

The originator and executive producer of the book project, Donna Vincent Roa, in partnership with the Value of Water Coalition, created The Value of Water: A Compendium of Essays by Smart CEOs to feature industry leaders’ thinking about the value of water and its relationship to brand, reputation, business continuity, economic success, public health, and more.

Many NAWC member company executives contributed to this book which is a collection of insightful essays and is a must read for any leader or student of the water industry. This compilation of essays by thought-leaders in the water industry is a wake-up call for anyone interested in the state of water in America.

For more information, or to purchase a copy of the book, visit  The book is also available at

VoW book cover

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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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