Drinking Water

January 8, 2018

Collaboration With Farmers Key to Source Water Protection

Congress has a unique opportunity this year to encourage and incentivize collaborative efforts between water utilities and upstream farmers.  Reposting below a great article by David LaFrance, CEO of the American Water Works Association. Reposted from Journal AWWA Jan. 2018 Open Channel DAVID B. LaFRANCE, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER When we sit down for dinner each […]
April 15, 2017

Tapping Private Financing and Delivery to Modernize America's Federal Water Resources

Linking to a new report by Stephen Goldsmith, Harvard Kennedy School, and Jill Jamieson, Jones Lang LaSalle, titled Tapping Private Financing and Delivery to Modernize America’s Federal Water Resources.  The report looks at a host of water infrastructure, including navigation, flood management, hydropower, irrigation, drinking water and wastewater treatment. Decades of inadequate funding have resulted […]
January 2, 2017

Community Wins $22M Against Shell Oil for Contaminated Water Supply

A jury awarded $22M to a community near Fresno, California for a chemical contaminant found in its public drinking water wells.  The contaminant, known as TCP (1,2,3-trichloropropane), was an impurity found in a soil fumigant manufactured by Shell used to control soil nematodes.  The contamination effected water wells in an agricultural area serving 108,000 people […]
December 20, 2016

Four More Criminally Charged in Flint Water Crisis, Including Flint's Public Utilities Director

Four more state and City employees were criminally indicted today in the ongoing criminal investigation into the Flint, Michigan drinking water crisis.  The fall-out will continue to reverberate across the country.  This from CNN: CNN Report Four officials in charge of Flint’s water, including two who reported directly to Governor Rick Snyder, have been named […]
December 19, 2016

David LaFrance of AWWA Talks Getting the Lead out of our Water

The Path from Flint By:  David B. LaFrance  “The tragedy in this Michigan city demonstrates the need for vigilance in protecting families from lead in drinking water. There will be no better moment to develop workable solutions for getting the heavy metal out, protecting public health, and renewing faith in this basic resource.” It is […]
August 11, 2016

EPA Stepping Up Enforcement Actions Against Public Water Systems

In a sign of changing times, the U.S. EPA this week issued an order against Tarrytown, New York, for violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act’s Lead and Copper Rule.  Below is EPA’s press release issued today.  Until the water crisis occurred in Flint, Michigan, these types of enforcement actions have historically been handled at […]
July 31, 2016

A Broken Culture is Largely to Blame for America's Water Crisis

As a former EPA water official and executive of a water company, I’ve had a lot of time and experience to reflect on our nation’s water woes. Our current “water crisis,” as many call it, is complicated but it is a failure of governance as much as it is a failure of government.  Unfortunately, until […]
May 26, 2016

Public-Private Partnerships – Helping to Close the Growing Water Crisis

The Bipartisan Policy Center issued a new report this week titled, Bridging the Gap Together: A New Model to Modernize U.S. Infrastructure, highlighting the needs and opportunities for public-private partnerships to help address the growing water crisis in many communities around the country.  Here is the forward by Susan Story, CEO of American Water, and […]
March 18, 2016

AWWA's David LaFrance's Advocates Bold New Steps Needed to Get the Lead Out

By David LaFrance CEO, American Water Works Association If there is one lesson to be learned from the Flint crisis, it is this: Our communities will be safer in the long run with no lead pipes in the ground. That’s why the board of the American Water Works Association – recognizing our first core principle […]
March 7, 2016

Don't Miss Out on Water Week 2016 – Register Now

Registration is open at www.waterweek.us for the National Water Policy Forum, Fly-In & Expo (April 11-13, 2016) in Washington D.C.  The event is presented by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) and the WateReuse Association. This year’s program will feature distinguished speakers, […]