Water Infrastructure Summit Is Nov. 6-7

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Southeast Chapter of the National Association of Water Companies will hold the 2013 Southeast Water Infrastructure Summit in Chattanooga, Nov. 6-7.

This year’s Summit, the first of its kind in Chattanooga, brings together leaders from the private and public sectors across the southeast region to discuss ongoing challenges, approaches and solutions to water infrastructure issues facing communities today. Local, state, regional and national experts will address how to balance the need for investments in water and wastewater infrastructure while protecting the environment, customers and businesses.  

As the newest and largest chapter in the NAWC’s network of 10 state chapters, the Southeast chapter seeks to elevate the infrastructure investment discussion to the regional level at the 2013 Southeast Water Infrastructure Summit. The event, “Building the Water and Wastewater Infrastructure of the Future” will provide a forum for community water and wastewater systems – private and public – to collaborate on the shared goal of continuing to deliver safe, reliable water and wastewater services to communities. 

Earlier this year, the NAWC launched the Water Is Your Business campaign to start the conversation on water infrastructure needs on a national level, citing statistics from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that estimate a national need of $650 billion in infrastructure investment. Furthermore, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2013 report, the state of Tennessee alone has reported $3.5 billion in water infrastructure needs and another $1.4 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years. 

Speakers at the Summit will include state regulators, representatives from the U.S. EPA, local government officials, economists and executive from some of the region’s largest private water utilities. Topics will include infrastructure investment amidst constrained environments, the benefits of public-private partnerships, the impact of water infrastructure on regional and local business levels and infrastructure costs in relation to shrinking state and local public budgets.

Kino Becton, president of the Southeast Chapter of the NAWC and director of Business Development and Government Affairs, American Water and Tom Roberts, Chapter vice president and president of Aqua North Carolina, will kick off the event Wednesday evening, and Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke will open Thursday’s morning session.

For the full agenda and speaker list, visit the 2013 Southeast Water Infrastructure Summit homepage.


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