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July 6, 2010

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NAWC On the Move

Go with Flo

While participating in the American Water Works Association Annual Conference and Exposition in Chicago June 20–24, NAWC Executive Director Michael Deane had the pleasure of meeting Flo, the “spokesgallon” for US EPA’s WaterSense program.

As a proud WaterSense partner, EPA encourages everyone to listen to Flo and her important message that the water saving actions of every community and every water customer make a difference.

You, too, can meet Flo as she travels across the country in late July and early August to promote water efficiency and educate the public about how to save water, energy and dollars in their homes and daily lives. She moves fast, so check out her schedule beginning July 15 here.


Information-Sharing in the City of Brotherly Love

On June 21, NAWC hosted two of its committee meetings, Government Relations (GRC) and Communications (C2), in tandem in the City of Philadelphia. With 25 members and four NAWC staffers in attendance, Aqua America’s Regional President and GRC Chairman Chris Franklin kicked off his committee’s agenda with a few current issues, including the state revolving loan fund reauthorization, the tax extender package and recent member campaign activity.

After listening to a presentation of the “Say Yes to F” campaign by Jim Good, vice president and area manager of Veolia Water West, members around the table commended Veolia’s perseverance in their fight to ensure environmental progress and sustainable solutions in Novato, Calif. It was estimated that approximately $7.2 million would be saved if the $15.6 million, five-year contract with Veolia was approved by the voters in this San Francisco suburb. The district entered into the contract to have Veolia's expert staff operate the new $90 million sewage treatment plant that was built to ensure environmental compliance.

Members of the Government Relations Committee listen to the latest on the tax extenders package.

The groups welcomed lunchtime speaker Howard Neukrug, director of Philadelphia’s Office of Watersheds, who presented his “Green City, Clean Waters” campaign, complete with inspiring renderings of a greener, more sustainable Philadelphia.

At the top of the Communications Committee agenda, American Water’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and External Affairs and C2 Chairman Laura Monica gave the floor to American Water colleague Lendel Jones to discuss their recent campaign in Trenton, N.J., from a public relations perspective. This recent example emphasized to the group the importance of educating customers on the benefits of pairing with a private water company, and served as an excellent backdrop for the discussions to follow regarding external research studies currently in the field, core media messages in development and national outreach opportunities.

This is the second time these two committees successfully met in conjunction; the first was in March 2010 at the fly-in for NAWC’s Annual Report to Congressional Leaders.