AWWA and WEF: Water Matters!

 

Posted February 15, 2011

By Tim Williams, Managing Director of Leadership and Public Policy at WEF

 

WEF has long worked to ensure that sound science from water quality experts is reflected in U.S. environmental legislation and regulation. I’ve seen some pretty effective programs, such as briefings on Capitol Hill that WEF has been involved in focusing on water sector topics and face-to-face meetings with the EPA officials who have a direct hand in shaping the nation’s water regulatory framework.  The latest example, 2011 Water Matters! Fly-In April 4-5 in Washington, D.C. will be better than ever before because--for the very first time--WEF and the American Water Works Association (AWWA) will join forces on behalf of clean and safe water.

 

A number of issues like infrastructure investment, security, and appropriations cut across the clean and safe drinking water sectors, and we’ll take them to Congress together. (This might be a good time to mention www.workforwater.org, the WEF/AWWA project aimed at attracting workers to our field.)  AWWA and WEF volunteers will meet with elected officials and staffers to share their expertise and concerns, and they’ll also hear from a bi-partisan panel of representatives from influential bodies like the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

 

The program includes plenty of preparation and discussion time, so participants are well- briefed and as effective as possible in their meetings with Congressional representatives.  In fact, we’ll be hosting a March 2 webcast to go over changes in the new Congress and provide a Fly-In update. And there’s a March 16 web meeting where participants will walk through the program and get a sense of what to expect. If you’d like to be part of this historic effort to speak out for water, and are a member of AWWA, WEF, or one of their affiliates please be sure to register by February 17.

 

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Posted February 15, 2011

WEF has long worked to ensure that sound science from water quality experts is reflected in U.S. environmental legislation and regulation. I’ve seen some pretty effective programs, such as briefings on Capitol Hill that WEF has been involved in focusing on water sector topics and face-to-face meetings with the EPA officials who have a direct hand in shaping the nation’s water regulatory framework.

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The importance of clean drinking water cannot be overlooked. The recent cholera outbreak in Haiti shows what happens when humans ingest water not fit for drinking. I am happy to see that strides are being made to bring filtered water to many people. Even us in the US should get water filters for our homes just to be sure we are drinking clean water.

Posted by: Harold52 (haroldpaige52@hotmail.com) on 08/19/2011

Having clean drinking water is a must in this day and age of technology. No person should have to drink unsafe water. I am happy that the WEF/AWWA project exists. I agree that even people that live in areas with typically clean drinking water should still use a water filter to be sure their water is as safe as possible. It is a good idea to use a filter in your refrigerator too if you have a built in ice machine.

Posted by: Debby34 (debraz34@hotmail.com) on 08/21/2011

Having clean drinking water is a must in this day and age of technology. No person should have to drink unsafe water. I am happy that the WEF/AWWA project exists. I agree that even people that live in areas with typically clean drinking water should still use a water filter to be sure their water is as safe as possible. It is a good idea to use a filter in your refrigerator too if you have a built in ice machine.

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AWWA and WEF: Water Matters!

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AWWA and WEF: Water Matters!

 

Posted February 15, 2011

By Tim Williams, Managing Director of Leadership and Public Policy at WEF

 

WEF has long worked to ensure that sound science from water quality experts is reflected in U.S. environmental legislation and regulation. I’ve seen some pretty effective programs, such as briefings on Capitol Hill that WEF has been involved in focusing on water sector topics and face-to-face meetings with the EPA officials who have a direct hand in shaping the nation’s water regulatory framework.  The latest example, 2011 Water Matters! Fly-In April 4-5 in Washington, D.C. will be better than ever before because--for the very first time--WEF and the American Water Works Association (AWWA) will join forces on behalf of clean and safe water.

 

A number of issues like infrastructure investment, security, and appropriations cut across the clean and safe drinking water sectors, and we’ll take them to Congress together. (This might be a good time to mention www.workforwater.org, the WEF/AWWA project aimed at attracting workers to our field.)  AWWA and WEF volunteers will meet with elected officials and staffers to share their expertise and concerns, and they’ll also hear from a bi-partisan panel of representatives from influential bodies like the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

 

The program includes plenty of preparation and discussion time, so participants are well- briefed and as effective as possible in their meetings with Congressional representatives.  In fact, we’ll be hosting a March 2 webcast to go over changes in the new Congress and provide a Fly-In update. And there’s a March 16 web meeting where participants will walk through the program and get a sense of what to expect. If you’d like to be part of this historic effort to speak out for water, and are a member of AWWA, WEF, or one of their affiliates please be sure to register by February 17.

 

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The importance of clean drinking water cannot be overlooked. The recent cholera outbreak in Haiti shows what happens when humans ingest water not fit for drinking. I am happy to see that strides are being made to bring filtered water to many people. Even us in the US should get water filters for our homes just to be sure we are drinking clean water.
Posted by: Harold52 ( Email | Visit ) at 8/19/2011 6:27 PM


Having clean drinking water is a must in this day and age of technology. No person should have to drink unsafe water. I am happy that the WEF/AWWA project exists. I agree that even people that live in areas with typically clean drinking water should still use a water filter to be sure their water is as safe as possible. It is a good idea to use a filter in your refrigerator too if you have a built in ice machine.
Posted by: Debby34 ( Email | Visit ) at 8/21/2011 4:21 PM


Having clean drinking water is a must in this day and age of technology. No person should have to drink unsafe water. I am happy that the WEF/AWWA project exists. I agree that even people that live in areas with typically clean drinking water should still use a water filter to be sure their water is as safe as possible. It is a good idea to use a filter in your refrigerator too if you have a built in ice machine.
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Tim Williams, Senior Director for Government Affairs, WEF 

Tim Williams is senior director for government affairs at the Water Environment Federation. He first came to work for WEF in 1984 and has significant experience in legislation, regulation and general water policy. Tim served as staff director for the Water Quality 2000 project, which presented recommendations for a 21st Century water policy, and was intended to serve as input into the next 1992 reauthorization of the Clean Water Act — with many of those recommendations still relevant today!

Prior to joining the WEF staff, Tim worked for the Maryland General Assembly and on the staff of former U.S. senator Charles Mathias, who is recognized as the father of the Chesapeake Bay Program.  He earned a B.S. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland.