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“This is truly a historic moment for source water protection,” said AWWA CEO David LaFrance. “The policy included in this Farm Bill will direct $4 billion dollars over the next ten years to conservation practices that protect sources of drinking water. AWWA offers its sincere appreciation to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees for their commitment to protecting our communities’ sources of drinking water. “We also must single out Subcommittee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-OK, Subcommittee Ranking Member Marcia Fudge, D-OH, and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-OH, for all they did to advocate for the inclusion of these important policies in the final product,” LaFrance added. Farm Bill conservation programs, along with partnerships between the U.S. Department of Agriculture, water utilities and farmers, can be key to protecting drinking water sources. “AWWA believes the ‘downstream benefits’ and public health benefits of these conservation programs make the conservation title of the Farm Bill extremely important to all Americans who depend on clean drinking water,” said Tracy Mehan, AWWA executive director of government affairs. “We look forward to partnering with ...
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Grevatt, who most recently served as Director of the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will begin his new role in February 2019. In a letter from AWWA President David Rager and CEO David LaFrance, AWWA commended Grevatt on his 30 years of service to EPA and his commitment to science-based water policy that protects public health. “Through our many face-to-face and written interactions, you have always demonstrated a strong commitment to science-based water policy that protects public health,” the letter stated. “Your willingness to listen attentively to the unique perspectives of many stakeholders – public health professionals, researchers, environmental advocates, water utility engineers – is an extraordinary example of strong leadership and a benefit to all who value safe, affordable water. Your experience at EPA will be invaluable to WRF as it produces ground-breaking water research in the years ahead.” WRF was established by AWWA in 1966 and has since developed into an independent, leading research cooperative. In January 2018, the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation and the Water Research Foundation integrated to ...
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(DENVER) – As Cybersecurity Awareness Month continues, the American Water Works Association today released a guide that highlights how water utilities can manage the risk of cyber-attacks on water infrastructure systems.  The free online guide, titled Cybersecurity Risk & Responsibility in the Water Sector, notes that “Cyber risk is the top threat facing business and critical infrastructure in the United States, according to the Director of National Intelligence, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security.”  The guide highlights steps water utilities can take to protect water systems, operations and customer data.  “The reality and prevalence of cyber risk mandates that organizations and their leaders not only take meaningful action to prevent and detect harms, but also have a tested plan for responding swiftly and effectively when cyber incidents do occur,” said Kevin Morley, AWWA federal relations manager. “Failing to address cybersecurity risk in a proactive way can have devastating results.” Also available as a resource is AWWA’s Cybersecurity Use-Case Tool, which was developed in response to Executive Order 13636 to improve infrastructure cybersecurity. The tool will be the focus ...

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Greg Kail
Director of Communications
303.734.3410
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Amber Wilson
Senior Communications Manager
303.734.3455
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Peggy Hofstra
Senior Communications Specialist
303.734.3454
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