NAWC Water Summit Provides Dynamic Forum for Public, Private Sector Leaders

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Private water company executives, public utility officials, regulators and other industry leaders from across the country will gather in San Diego, Calif., Oct. 2-4 for the National Association of Water Companies’ (NAWC) 2016 Water Summit.

Each year the NAWC Water Summit provides a dynamic forum for leaders in the water industry, public officials and other key stakeholders to exchange ideas and share solutions that ensure safe and reliable water infrastructure for communities and businesses across the country. The three-day meeting includes a full agenda with sessions focusing on primary and emerging issues impacting the nation’s water.Print

Highlights of the 2016 Summit will include a keynote address by Michael Webber, Deputy Director of the Energy Institute on the convergence of engineering, policy, and commercialization and author of Thirst for Power. In his book, Webber shares his insights on the latest science of energy and water and how problems in either can be crippling for the other. He demonstrates how current population growth, economic growth, climate change and short-sighted policies only contribute to making things worse, pointing to more integrated planning with long-term sustainability in mind as the means to wise long-range water-energy decisions and a more reliable and abundant future for humanity.

Attendees will also hear from Philip D. Quade, Special Assistant to the Director of the National Security Agency for Cyber and Director of the NSA Cyber Task Force. Quade will address the vital role of water systems to both public health and our economy during his session “The Cybersecurity Challenges of Water-Energy-Telecommunications Integration.”

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On Tuesday, Oct. 4, Bluefield Research President Reese Tisdale will share key takeaways from the recently issued report on “U.S. Private Water Utilities: Market Trends, Strategies & Opportunities, 2016.” According to this new report, private participation in U.S. municipal water markets is poised for expansion. Municipalities and local authorities are showing an increasing reliance on investor-owned utilities and private players for the ownership, management, and operations of public water and wastewater systems.

Tuesday’s agenda also includes a session with EPA’s Stan Meiburg. Meiburg serves as the Acting Deputy Administrator of EPA, continuing a career spanning over 36 years at EPA in locations around the country. He has broad experience in the management of the agency across the spectrum of EPA’s activities, and has received numerous awards, including recognition as a Distinguished Federal Executive in 2012 and as a Meritorious Federal Executive in 1997.

The 2016 NAWC Water Summit will be held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. To learn more, visit NAWC.org or click here for more on the 2016 Water Summit.

About NAWC
The National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) is 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. To learn more about NAWC, visit NAWC.org and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

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