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October 20, 2009
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Peter S. Silva, EPA Assistant Administrator for Water (Center), with (L to R) Laurent Auguste, Veolia Water NA; Chuck Firlotte, Aquarian Water Co.; Don Correll, American Water; Michael Deane, NAWC

5th National Drinking Water Symposium Held in Orlando

The 5th National Drinking Water Symposium held Oct. 11–14 in Orlando, Fla., was a well-attended and informative success.

By participating in the only meeting of its kind in the country, attendees were presented with an informed dialogue on sustainability challenges along with practical recommended solutions. Participants included economic regulators from state public utility commissions, senior-level state and federal drinking water program administrators, water industry executives, financial experts, members of academia, and other key stakeholders.

Debra Coy, Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC

Michael Deane, NAWC Executive Director.

The symposium was presented through the coordinated efforts of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, the National Association of Water Companies, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators. Senior representatives from all the organizations attended, including U.S. EPA Assistant Administrator Peter Silva.

Michael Deane, NAWC; Don Correll, American Water; Floyd Wicks, NAWC Honorary Member; Peter Nelson California Water Service Co.

Topics discussed by noted experts were broad and included:

  • Infrastructure remediation, the economic stimulus package, investment incentives, and the cost and availability of capital;
  • State initiatives and experiences with regulatory mechanisms deemed as best practices;
  • Affordability issues, customer assistance programs and small-company challenges;
  • Climate change, supply challenges, and the impact of technological initiatives such as desalination and water re-use;
  • Energy/water interrelationships and opportunities to maximize resources;
  • Growing greener initiatives, including holistic approaches such as integrated water resource management;
  • Educating the public about the true value and full cost of water; and
  • How regulators and industry CEOs are responding to current challenges.

Mark your Calendars for the NE Chapter Fall Meeting

The NAWC New England Chapter has once again developed an outstanding program that will pique your interest and make the fall meeting one you will not want to miss.

The meeting will be held in the picturesque and historic city of Newport, R.I., on Nov. 12–13, 2009, at the Newport Marriott. Please book your hotel stay by Nov. 2 by clicking here.

For more information on the meeting, please click here.

For registration, please click here.