FC-0315-WaterWeek2015U.S. water sector organizations will join forces next month in Washington, D.C. to advocate for national policies that advance clean and safe waters in support of a healthy, sustainable environment.

Scheduled for April 12-18, 2015, Water Week 2015 is an event designed for water professionals who have the goal 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 Research Foundation, with support from national, state, and regional water organizations, this second annual event is expected to 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 U.S. water challenges.

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A preliminary list of events includes:

April 13-15: 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.

Featuring:          

•    Gina McCarthy, Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

•    Norman J. Orenstein, Ph.D., 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 14thDistrict) and the current head of the Main Street Partnership lobbying firm

April 13, 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.: The Business Case for Water Sustainability, A Roundtable with Robert Glennon Sponsored by the U.S. Water Alliance

Featuring:

•    Robert Glennon, best-selling author of the book, Unquenchable and co-author of the newly released report, Shopping for Water

April 13, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.: U.S. Water Prize Awards Ceremony & Reception Sponsored by the U.S. Water Alliance

April 13-15, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.: WWEMA 42nd Annual Washington Forum

April 15, 7:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.: NEWEA Annual Congressional Briefing

For the latest information, including agendas and speaker confirmations, visit www.WaterWeek.us.