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National Association of Water Companies Announces Leading Writers to Speak at 2011 NAWC Water Summit


The National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) today announced renowned authors and water industry experts Robert Glennon, David Zetland, Steve Maxwell and Brian Fagan will join moderator and Global Water Intelligence publisher Christopher Gasson at the 2011 NAWC Water Summit in a discussion highlighting the challenges and solutions of ensuring global water security both now and in the future.

The 2011 NAWC Water Summit will be held October 2 - 5 in La Jolla, Calif., and will provide a dynamic forum for water industry professionals to exchange ideas, learn from one another and share solutions that sustain business as well as communities. The author’s forum will take place Monday, October 3 at 2:15 p.m. PST.

“Our country is facing numerous economic challenges, including the need for investment to vital water infrastructure to ensure residents continue to receive the service they expect and need for healthy and productive lives. But the future of sustainable water delivery hinges on more than just repairing dilapidated pipes – public officials and private industry must work together if we are to truly move water forward,” said Michael Deane, executive director of NAWC. “We are thrilled to host these distinguished water leaders for a frank discussion about how the future of water depends on our actions today.”     

Author’s forum participants will include:
•    David Zetland, author of “The End of Abundance: Economic Solutions to Water Scarcity.” David is a senior water economist at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, working on an EU-funded project, “Evaluating Economic Policy Instruments for Sustainable Water Management in Europe.” You may have also have read his blog, “Aguanomics: The Economics of Water (and other stuff).”

•    Robert Glennon, author of “Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What To Do About It.” His previous books include “Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America’s Fresh Waters (2002).”  Robert is the Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy in the Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona.

•    Brian Fagan, author of “Elixir: A History of Water and Humankind.” Elixir spans five millennia from ancient Mesopotamia to the parched present of the Sun Belt. A full-time archaeologist, Brian believes that every human society has been shaped by its relationship to water, and to solve the water crises of the future, we may need to adapt the water ethos of our ancestors.
•    Steve Maxwell, author with Scott Yates of “The Future of Water: A Startling Look Ahead.” Steve has provided strategic consulting and investment services to the water industry for 20 years and has managed dozens of mergers and acquisitions in the industry. He is the author of the annual Water Market Review.

•    Christopher Gasson (moderator), publisher of Global Water Intelligence magazine and regular speaker at water-related conferences.

The theme of the 2011 NAWC Water Summit is “Public Service & Private Enterprise: A Powerful Combination for Moving Water Forward.” The summit will cover private enterprise’s role in utility service, highlight capital supportive regulatory practices, and identify emerging issues and suggested solutions. Examples of public service, including work being done to help ensure water quality, improve customer service and communications, support effective stewardship of resources and further sustainability efforts, will also be discussed.

Complimentary registration granted to public officials and members of the media. Stay up-to-date with Twitter updates by searching #watersummit11.   

The NAWC Water Summit is hosted by the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC)—the voice of the private water industry and the organization exclusively representing this group of quality water service providers, innovation drivers, creative financiers and responsible partners. Learn more at, or at

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