Legislation & Regulation

mehan leads government affairs

G. Tracy Mehan III in August 2015 became AWWA’s Executive Director of Government Affairs. He leads the association’s legislative, regulatory and advocacy efforts. 

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Many critical decisions affecting US water utilities, their customers and AWWA members are made in the nation's capital. From regulations to spending, all of it happens in Washington, D.C. The AWWA Government Affairs staff  is here working on behalf of the water community.

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Leadership on regulations

Directed by the Water Utility Council and guided by sound science, the AWWA Government Affairs staff work directly with the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies to ensure the development of effective and affordable regulations that affect the water community. 

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Leadership on critical issues

Safe drinking water is a critical public health concern, including the 535 members of Congress. It starts with the molding of legislation that affects this critical public service, from the protection of water sources to the security and preparedness of utilities and the modernization of infrastructure.

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The US Environmental Protection Agency today released health advisories for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS).
The US Environmental Protection Agency invites drinking water and wastewater utilities to participate in the Count Down to National PrepareAthon Day of Action by taking simple actions each day to improve resilience.
Aurel Arndt, chair of the AWWA Water Utility Council, will be among those who will testify at an April 7 hearing by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
Applications are due by May 10 for $260 million in Regional Conservation Partnership Program grants from the US Department of Agriculture aimed at improving water quality and combatting drought.
Report updates the attributes and keys to management success from the original EUM report.

Legislative Alert: 'Open Procurement' proposals threaten engineering-based decisionmaking

The AWWA Water Utility Council has been made aware of efforts in several states and municipalities to enact legislation, often called “Open Procurement” bills, that would effectively force communities or utilities to seek bids for materials, particularly pipes, of all types and materials, and then to accept the lowest bid for materials in a water infrastructure project. This forces the selection of materials to be based solely on price. Consequently, the decisions of utility project managers and design engineers in choosing specific materials for a particular site or function may be overridden. 

We have developed a legislative alert, a template letter and oral talking points to help AWWA Sections, utility managers and other members confront this issue.