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August 2, 2010

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NAWC, U.S. Chamber Launch “Water is Your Business” Series


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) launched the “Water is Your Business” series on July 20 to educate public leaders, businesses and citizens on the importance of water infrastructure to public and environmental health and the economic vitality of their communities. The kickoff event brought together more than 50 business leaders to examine drinking and wastewater infrastructure needs in the context of regional water management issues.

Erika Berlinghof & Jessica Knight

The Water Is Your Business series is a partnership between NAWC and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Lets Rebuild America” initiative. It is intended to create and sustain a dialogue between business leaders, consumers, community leaders and water providers about local, regional and national water management issues. The dialogues will provide business and community leaders with tools and resources needed to be constructive and influential participants in the discussion on water issues. Scheduled for early October, Dallas, Texas will be the next stop on the Water is Your Business city tour.

In Miami, NAWC staffers Jessica Knight and Erika Berlinghof were joined by the Mayor of Hialeah who spoke enthusiastically about a $100 million reverse osmosis project. A private partner consortium was tapped to design, build and operate the new plant. Business leaders listened attentively as the mayor talked about the benefits of a public-private partnership between the City of Hialeah, Miami-Dade County and a private partner. Following the mayor’s energetic talk, a panel of water experts spoke about why sustainable and accountable water management matters to the business community and why the business community should engage in the water management dialogue.

Mayor Julio Robaina and Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp (left to right)

Please visit the new landing page to view pictures and videos from the event and to learn more information about the Water Is Your Business campaign. Over the next several months there is hope to increase the impact of this campaign and sustain a dialogue with local communities and provide support and accolades for elected officials who tackle difficult but necessary water management projects.

This program is one of several new initiatives that are underway at NAWC to support NAWC’s new strategic objectives listed below:

  • Raise awareness about water management challenges, their strategic importance for the nation and reinforce the fact that the status quo is not an option
  • Establish NAWC as a recognized thought leader and the “go-to” organization on sustainable and innovative water management
  • Raise recognition of private industry as a major contributor to addressing nation’s water infrastructure and management challenges
  • Unify and align the industry on major areas of cooperation and strategy
  • Defend and grow the industry
  • Promote favorable legal framework and business environment