National Association of Water Companies Announces Departure of Executive Director

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The National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) announced today that its executive director, Michael Deane, will leave the association on or about February 1, 2018. Deane has led the trade organization for private regulated utilities and operating companies since June 2009.

“Michael’s leadership over the past eight years has strengthened the association and established NAWC as a trusted and well-respected organization in our work with state regulators, federal and Congressional officials, and our colleagues in the water sector to bring efficient, sustainable solutions to the nation’s water infrastructure investment and management challenges,” said Christopher Franklin, President and CEO of Aqua America and president of NAWC’s Board of Directors. “The Board of Directors and members of NAWC thank Michael for his hard work and his commitment to our industry. We wish him well in his future endeavors.”

“The recent review of our strategic priorities has shifted NAWC’s primary focus to a more vigorous offering of solutions to municipal systems that seek partnerships while continuing our strong focus on addressing the nearly $1 trillion dollars of water and wastewater infrastructure needs in our country,” Franklin said.

Deane commented, “It has been my pleasure and a privilege to lead NAWC during a period of increasing attention to the critical importance of water infrastructure and services to the nation and the need for innovative financing and management that the private sector delivers every day to communities across the country. The association is well positioned for growth and continued success.”

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The National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) represents regulated water and wastewater companies, as well as ones engaging in partnerships with municipal utilities. NAWC members provide 73 million Americans with safe and reliable water service every day and 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. NAWC estimates that its 10 largest members alone collectively invested nearly $3.7 billion in 2019 in their water and wastewater systems. Visit or follow on Twitter and LinkedIn.