NACWA Participates in Water Financing Discussion

NACWA participated in a roundtable discussion last week on water infrastructure financing issues organized by the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and held in Philadelphia in conjunction with the Democratic National Convention.NACWAlogo

The discussion focused on the current financing challenges around water infrastructure investment and potential solutions. Participants included public agencies, private corporations, consultants, finance experts and former elected and appointed officials, such as former Housing & Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.

NACWA was invited to participate in the discussion to provide a municipal clean water utility perspective and played a critical role in explaining the significant funding and affordability challenges facing the nation related to clean water infrastructure. The Philadelphia Water Department, a NACWA member agency, also provided key input.

All participants in the discussion agreed that, especially in light of the recent tragedy in Flint, Mich., more needs to be done to educate the American public and national policymakers about the critical role of water infrastructure. NACWA said it looks forward to working with the BPC and other stakeholders to advance these important issues during the coming election season and with a new presidential administration.

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