Press Release

50th Anniversary of Nation’s Clean Water Act

For immediate release:

(PHILADELPHIA) – Fifty years ago Tuesday, the nation’s first comprehensive law to protect the country’s water
supply was signed into law, creating a standard of care to protect our most valuable resource – water – that the
National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) and its members uphold each day.

“The Clean Water Act was invaluable in controlling water pollution in the nation’s waterways and leveling
the playing field on how wastewater is treated and released,” said Robert F. Powelson, NAWC president and
CEO. “Protecting our water at the source provides a safer starting point for the water delivered to the taps of
the 73 million Americans served by water companies each day.”

The Clean Water Act of 1972 came about after unprecedented pollution of the nation’s waterways that
caused rivers to burn, killed wildlife and made waters unsafe for swimming and fishing. The success of the law
can be seen in how those streams, rivers and lakes have been restored to productive, healthy waterways and
through the return of wildlife and recreation.

NAWC and its member companies will continue to advocate at the federal and state levels for policies that
support providing water and wastewater service that is safe, reliable and affordable such as making sure that
access to clean water state revolving funds do not discriminate against classes of customers.

“For the last 50 years, NAWC members have shared a steadfast commitment to protecting the environment
and to using this precious resource wisely as possible – it’s a commitment that will carry into the future,”
Powelson said. “Water and wastewater companies lead the way on protecting our communities and our
environment not just with the treatment of wastewater but through water and energy conservation practices
that will provide for a sustainable future.”

About NAWC

National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) member companies safeguard public health and promote environmental stewardship as they serve the water and wastewater needs of nearly 73 million Americans every day. NAWC members have an exceptional record of compliance with federal and state health and environmental regulations. Ensuring this high standard of quality requires extraordinary amounts of capital investment. The 10 largest NAWC member companies collectively invest nearly $3.7 billion annually to ensure their water infrastructure is well maintained and that safe and clean drinking water is available whenever needed. Learn more about NAWC and the companies we proudly represent at or follow on Twitter and LinkedIn.