SOURCE: National Association of Water Companies

National Association of Water Companies

April 02, 2015 16:05 ET

Southeast Chapter of the National Association of Water Companies to Hold 2015 Water Infrastructure Summit

CHATTANOOGA, TN--(Marketwired - Apr 2, 2015) - On Wednesday, April 29th through Thursday, April 30th, the Southeast Chapter of the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) will hold the 2015 Southeast Water Infrastructure Summit in Charleston, South Carolina at the Historic Francis Marion Hotel.

The Summit, one of the most unique water conversations in the country, brings together leaders from the private and public sectors across the southeast region to discuss ongoing challenges, innovative approaches and critical solutions to water infrastructure issues facing communities today. Local, state, regional and national experts will address how to balance the critical need for investments in water and wastewater infrastructure while protecting the environment, customers and businesses.

As the largest chapter in the NAWC's network of ten state chapters, the Southeast chapter seeks to elevate the infrastructure replacement discussion to the regional level at the 2015 Southeast Water Infrastructure Summit. The event, "Meeting the Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Challenge" 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.

As we know water infrastructure needs on a national level are approaching a critical point, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates a national need of billions in infrastructure investment. Furthermore, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers' (ASCE) 2013 report, the state of South Carolina alone has reported $1.6 billion in water infrastructure needs and another $566 million in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.

Expert speakers at the Summit will include state regulators, local government officials, engineers and executives from some of the region's largest private water utilities. Topics will include infrastructure investment amidst constrained environments, the benefits of public-private partnerships, recent advancements in reuse and desalination process and managing infrastructure information and providing access to broad range of users quickly and cost effectively.

Deron Allen, President of the Southeast Chapter of the NAWC & President of Tennessee American Water (American Water), and Honorable John E. "Butch" Howard, South Carolina Public Service Commission, will kick off the event Wednesday evening.

For the full agenda and speaker list, visit www.nawc.org homepage.

About the 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 or follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

About the Southeast Chapter
The Southeast Chapter of the NAWC is a multi-state chapter that represents companies throughout the southeastern region. The Chapter representation includes Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas. By far the Southeast Chapter represents the largest geographical area within NAWC chapters. So, it is vitally important to connect our members on a variety of important water and regulatory issues.

The Southeast Chapter serves as advocate for members on state regulatory issues, water challenges, and innovative industry trends. The Chapter works to keep membership proactively engaged and promote and advance water issues vital to a successful industry.

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