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New Partnership to help Ensure Water Infrastructure Sustainability

Release Date: 05/03/2006
Contact Information: Dale Kemery, (202) 564-4355 /

(5/3/06) EPA along with six leading water and wastewater utility organizations announced a statement of intent to ensure the long-term viability of our nation's water systems to promote effective utility management. The formal partnership will focus on improved water and wastewater utility performance through education, management tools and performance measures.

The six trade associations signing this statement of intent are: the Water Environment Federation; National Association of Clean Water Agencies; American Water Works Association; Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies; American Public Works Association; and the National Association of Water Companies.
This statement of intent will facilitate cooperation, collaboration, coordination, and effective communication among the signatory organizations, leading to improved utility management and performance.

Over the next 12 months, EPA and the associations will work with utilities to identify the key attributes of sustainable management. They also will develop measures to use in gauging utility effectiveness, and develop a strategy to promote widespread adoption of sustainable management practices across the water sector. Additional contributions will be solicited through focus group meetings and other communications with individual utilities.

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