The National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) has awarded John W. “Jack” Betkoski III the NAWC Water Droplet in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the water sector. The NAWC Water Droplet is awarded to individuals that have made exceptional contributions to the industry and whose life work has been dedicated to ensuring access to safe, reliable and affordable water service. The award was presented to Betkoski by the association’s leadership during an NAWC dinner at the Orlando Science Center.
Betkoski is Vice Chairman of Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) on which he has served since 1997. He just completed his term as President of the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners (NARUC) and is a former President of the New England Conference of Public Utilities Commissioners (NECPUC). Betkoski is also a former member of the Connecticut General Assembly. During his career, Betkoski has focused on the intersection of water and energy policy, helping develop best practices across both sectors.
“By making the water-energy nexus the focus of his NARUC presidency, Jack has greatly increased awareness of this critical issue,” said Robert Powelson, NAWC president and chief executive officer. “During Jack’s presidency, his platform, Powered Together: Tapping the Water Energy Nexus, called for more engagement surrounding the issue, and he encouraged state commissions to share concerns and best practices related to the water-energy nexus across all utility sectors.”
Powelson continued, “As a state regulator and former member of the Connecticut General Assembly, Jack has dedicated the majority of his professional life to public service. NAWC and our members appreciate the advancements Jack has brought about and are pleased to recognize him with the Water Droplet award.”