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Water Service Providers Deliver Annual Report to Congressional Leaders

03/09/2011

WASHINGTON – Water industry leaders from the private water service sector converged on Capitol Hill March 8 and 9, 2011 to discuss key issues with Members of Congress and their staff. Hosted by the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC), this Annual Report to Congressional Leaders provided NAWC’s member company executives and water system managers the unique opportunity to personally encourage their elected officials to take actions to support public policies on environmental, finance and tax issues that will benefit the communities that their companies, as well as other NAWC members, serve across the country.

“Every day, private water companies help provide essential water and wastewater services to nearly 73 million people in the United States. That’s almost one quarter of our nation’s population,” said NAWC Executive Director Michael Deane. “To ensure all Americans continue to have access to safe water, it’s vital that we continue the dialogue with our elected officials on the importance of sustainable water infrastructure and the benefits of public-private partnerships. Local investment in water infrastructure not only sustains community development and improves system performance, it supports job creation.”

Represented by NAWC, these state-regulated drinking water and wastewater utilities and operators of public-private partnerships for water have provided Americans quality service for centuries. During their visits on the Hill, NAWC members discussed the broad spectrum of solutions they currently provide to their local communities, and encouraged new and innovative policy changes Congress can enact to make more private sector solutions viable in cities across the country, and make private capital more available for water infrastructure.

Key policy recommendations included:

  • Support legislation to expand the use and availability of tax-exempt financing for water projects. It is estimated that by removing existing restrictions to this financing, $5-6 billion in private capital would be unlocked to be deployed towards water infrastructure projects.
  • Reauthorize the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund and enable private water service providers to extend much-needed wastewater solutions and service to under-served communities and non-compliant systems; and
  • Consider the development of an infrastructure bank that would act as a real bank and encourage public-private partnerships.

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