FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 23, 2015
Water Sector Groups Announce Water Week 2015
Clean Water Advocacy, Education and Innovation Come to Capitol Hill
Washington, DC, March 23, 2015 – A diverse group of U.S. water sector organizations will join forces next month in Washington, DC for Water Week 2015. Scheduled for April 12-18, 2015, the second annual event provides an opportunity for water professionals to advocate for national policies that advance clean and safe waters in support of a healthy sustainable environment. The goal is to inform and inspire state and national policymakers about important water-related issues while communicating the value of water to environmental protection, economic development, and job creation.
Organized by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF), and WateReuse, with support from national, state, and regional water organizations, the event will bring hundreds of water and wastewater professionals to the nation’s capital to meet with members of Congress and federal regulators; discuss key legislative, regulatory and legal water developments; showcase innovations and new technologies; and celebrate the progress of water professionals in addressing our nation’s water challenges.
A preliminary list of events include:
National Water Policy Forum, Fly-In & Expo
Presented by NACWA, WEF, WERF, and WateReuse, the two and a half day agenda features notable speakers, policy briefings, visits to Capitol Hill, and roundtable dialogues with key policymakers. The event will culminate with a Water Infrastructure & Innovation Expo on Capitol Hill, showcasing clean water innovations and technologies from utilities around the country.
- Gina McCarthy, Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Norman J. Orenstein, PhD, a Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, Political Analyst and Columnist
- Steven LaTourette, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives (OH 14th District) and the current head of the Main Street Partnership lobbying firm
April 13, 8:30 am – 10:00 am:
The Business Case for Water Sustainability, A Roundtable with Robert Glennon
Sponsored by the U.S. Water Alliance
- Robert Glennon, best-selling author of the book, Unquenchable and co-author of the newly-released report, Shopping for Water
April 13, 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm:
U.S. Water Prize Awards Ceremony & Reception
Sponsored by the U.S. Water Alliance
April 13-15, 9:30 am-3:00 pm:
WWEMA 42nd Annual Washington Forum
April 15, 7:30 am – 10:00 am:
NEWEA Annual Congressional Briefing
For the latest information, including agendas and speaker confirmations, visit www.WaterWeek.us.
The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) is the leading advocate for responsible national policies that advance clean water. NACWA represents the collective interests of America's clean water utilities nationwide – and their clear commitment to America’s waters. For over 40 years, NACWA has been the clean water community’s voice in Congress, at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies, as well as in the media and in the courts. To learn more about NACWA visit us at www.nacwa.org.
NACWA Media Contact: Robin Davis, 202-533-1802,
Founded in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of 36,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. WEF members, Member Associations and staff proudly work to achieve our mission to provide bold leadership, champion innovation, connect water professionals, and leverage knowledge to support clean and safe water worldwide. To learn more, visit www.wef.org.
WEF Media Contact: Lori Harrison, 703-216-8565,
The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF), a nonprofit organization formed in 1989, is America’s leading independent scientific research organization dedicated to wastewater and stormwater issues. To learn more visit www.werf.org.
WERF Media Contact: Carrie W. Capuco, 571-384-2097,
WateReuse is an international thought-leader on alternative water supply development and the global go-to source for applied research, education, and advocacy on water reuse. Representing a coalition that includes utilities, government agencies, and industry; WateReuse works to educate policymakers and the public on the science, economic value, and environmental benefits of treating water to safely use it for designated purposes, such as irrigation, manufacturing, and drinking. To learn more visit, www.watereuse.org.
WateReuse Media Contact: Zachary Dorsey, 571-445-5503,