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The National Association of Water Companies Announces 2013 NAWC Water Summit Distinguished Writers Panel


The National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) will hold a Distinguished Writers Panel as part of the 2013 NAWC Water Summit, to be held October 6–9, 2013 in San Diego, California.

Panelists include Cynthia Barnett, journalist and author of “Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis,” Charles Fishman, journalist and author of “The Big Thirst” and “The Wal-Mart Effect,” and John Fleck, staff writer for the Albuquerque Journal and author of “The Tree Rings’ Tale.” In addition to a review and debate on key issues facing the water industry, the authors will engage the audience – including private water professionals, public officials and other key stakeholders – in an active discussion on how these issues can be better addressed.  

“We are thrilled to host this prominent group of writers at the 2013 NAWC Water Summit,” said Michael Deane, executive director of the NAWC. “With distinct points of view to share, the journalists will lead us in a robust and lively conversation about water management, how we communicate with our customers and how current trends are likely to impact water utilities in the future.”

The 2013 NAWC Water Summit will provide an interactive forum for leaders in the water industry, government officials and other key stakeholders to exchange ideas, learn from one another and share solutions that sustain businesses and communities. The theme of the 2013 NAWC Water Summit – Public Service & Private Enterprise: Bold Discussions. Real Solutions. – highlights the importance of public-private collaboration in the water industry, as well as innovative approaches and critical solutions to issues faced by communities, such as aging water infrastructure.

About the NAWC Water Summit
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. Register for the Summit by visiting Stay up-to-date via Twitter by searching #watersummit13, or follow NAWC on Twitter and Facebook


About Cynthia Barnett, author, “Blue Revolution” 
Journalist Cynthia Barnett is the author of “Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis,” which calls for a water ethic for America. “Blue Revolution” was named by the Boston Globe as one of the top 10 science books of 2011. The Globe describes Ms. Barnett as “part journalist, part mom, part historian, and part optimist.” The Los Angeles Times writes that she “takes us back to the origins of our water in much the same way, with much the same vividness and compassion as Michael Pollan led us from our kitchens to potato fields and feed lots of modern agribusiness.” Ms. Barnett is also the author of “Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S.” She is currently at work on her third water book, a human and natural history of rain.

About Charles Fishman, magazine journalist and author, “The Big Thirst” and “The Wal-Mart Effect”
Charles Fishman is the New York Times bestselling author of “The Big Thirst: The Secret Life” and “Turbulent Future of Water.” “The Big Thirst” and Fishman have helped changed the conversation about water in the U.S. and around the world, in part by helping people see water, think about water, and tackle water issues in new ways. An award-winning contributor for Fast Company, Fishman is a celebrated investigative reporter, specializing in business innovation and social responsibility. He is a former metro and national reporter for the Washington Post, and was a reporter and editor at the Orlando Sentinel and the News & Observer in Raleigh, NC. He has won numerous awards, including three times receiving UCLA’s Gerald Loeb Award, the most prestigious award in business journalism.

About John Fleck, staff writer, Albuquerque Journal
John Fleck covers the New Mexico water beat for the Albuquerque Journal, the state’s largest daily paper. He has been a contributing editor and media fellow at Stanford University's Lane Center for the American West, where he’s written on western water, and is an instructor in the University of New Mexico's Water Resources Program. A graduate of Whitman College with a degree in philosophy, he worked as a journalist in Washington state and Southern California before moving to New Mexico in 1990. He’s the author of “The Tree Rings' Tale” (UNM Press), for young people about climate science, weather and water.

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