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February 10-13, 2019 • Renaissance Washington Hotel • Washington, D.C.

Winter Policy Summit logo

February 10-13, 2019
Renaissance Washington Hotel
Washington, D.C.

Committee on Water


10:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m. • Renaissance West A

10:45 - 11:45 a.m. 

Cybersecurity:  Compliant or Complacent?

This discussion will review and detail the new and resilient approaches to adding security, identity and more highly secure devices to currently installed water grid infrastructure such as  Supervisory and Control Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Industrial Control (ICS) Systems for water grids while adding new more secure devices, to the network.   Due to our nation’s aging infrastructure and legacy systems, the best solution may be for firms to segment and segregate their monitoring, communication and control networks using an identity-based approach to control network communications.

Moderator:     Hon. Michael A. Caron, Connecticut    

Panelists:        Whitney Kellett, Aqua America

                        Michael Murray, BlackRidge Technology

                        Nick Santillo, American Water

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Consumption Tracking, Predictive Modeling, Trust in Digital Water Monitoring & Management Systems

Just what is blockchain?  Learn how utilization of its analytics can model water table depletion, changing aquifers and flood-predictive modeling.  Are you prepared for that worst case scenario?

Moderator:     Hon. Brien Sheahan, Illinois

Panelists:        Joe Fillingham, Science Lead, Wellntel         

             Chris Rezendes, Spherical Analytics

2:45 - 3:45 p.m.  Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:  What have you done to my CIAC?  (Contribution in Aid of Construction)

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) passed on December 22, 2017, and took effect on January 1, 2018.  While a majority of the headlines focused on the decrease in corporate tax rates from 35% to 21%, that wasn’t the entire story.  The passage of the TCJA had significant additional implications, notably the change in taxability of Contributions and Advances for the water and wastewater utilities.  Its impacts will be illustrated and discussed.

Moderator:     Hon. Brad Johnson, Montana

Panelists:       James Jenkins, American Water

                        Richard Sobolewski, Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel

                        David Spacht, Artesian Water



10:45 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. • Renaissance West A

Committee on Water - Business Meeting


10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

Fair Market Acquisitions Debate

When municipally-owed water utilities face increasingly stringent water standards, depreciated systems requiring significant capital investment, and financial distress, they have the choice of raising rates or selling.  Original cost is often insufficient to fairly compensate the municipality for the value of its system.  Fully depreciated assets and contributions may be far less than the fair market value which makes the sale by the municipality unattractive to an investor owned utility; a higher price is needed to close the deal.  What is the value of the system and how is it determined? What if the system is suddenly abandoned?  


Moderator:    Hon. Norman Kennard, Pennsylvania


Michael E. Cherepko, Mayor, City of McKeesport, Pennsylvania

Christine Hoover, Consumer advocate

Kimberly Joyce, Vice President, Regulatory, Government & External Affairs- Aqua America

Kathryn Kline, Senior Research Associate, NRRI

Harold Walker, IIIManager - Financial Studies, Gannett Fleming Valuation and Rate Consultants, LLC

1:30 - 2:30 p.m

Water Efficiency & Conservation

Moderator:   Hon. John W. Betkoski, III, Connecticut             


Mary Ann Dickinson, President and CEO, Alliance for Water Efficiency           

Jack Hawks, Executive Director, California Water Association

Robert Kuta, VP Engineering, Cal Water Service

Maureen Westbrook, VP, Customer and Regulatory Affairs, Connecticut Water Service, Inc.

2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

Secondary Water Standards

National Secondary Drinking Water Regulations (NSDWRs) are non-enforceable guidelines regulating contaminants that may cause cosmetic effects (such as skin or tooth discoloration) or aesthetic effects (such as taste, odor or color) in drinking water.  Several states at the 2018 NARUC annual meeting were considering updates to how their Commissions oversee Secondary Water Standards.  What are Commissions facing and next possible steps?

Moderator:       Hon. Donald Polmann, Florida

Panelists:         Charles Junis, NC Public Utility Commission

 Lauren Weinrich, American Water

                          Beate Wright, Water Research Foundation Executive Director