Committee on Water

Final Program  (Using agenda content available as of June 25, 2016) 

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Monday, July 25

Location: Broadway C/D
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Conserving a Precious Resource

Various jurisdictions have taken unique approaches to conserving water resources. Regional drought has amplified efforts to conserve water as well. The panelists will discuss some approaches to water conservation and addressing drought situations.

Moderator: Hon. Alaina Burtenshaw, Nevada

Hon. John W. Betkoski, Connecticut

Hon. Catherine J.K. Sandoval, California

Eric Sabolsice, Director of Operations, California American Water

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1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Failing Flint:  an Overview and Analysis of the Water Crisis

In 2014 and 2015, thousands of families in the distressed community of Flint, Michigan were exposed to lead and other contaminants in their drinking water subsequent to switching water sources. The public health, fiscal, and governance consequences are staggering and ongoing. This session will provide an overview and analysis of the crisis with a focus on regulatory issues.

Moderator: Hon. Alaina Burtenshaw, Nevada

Panelist: Janice A. Beecher, Director of the Institute of Public Utilities at Michigan State University

2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Flint Fallout:  Is Mandatory Lead Pipe Replacement on the Horizon?

(Joint Panel with Consumer Affairs)

Is it likely that water utility lead pipe replacement will be mandated as a result of the recent events in Flint, Michigan?  What are the challenges involved with lead pipe replacement?  What operational, liability, and rate issues should be considered? 

Moderator: Hon. Randy Randall, South Carolina

Hon. Mary-Anna Holden, New Jersey

Michael Deane, Executive Director, National Association of Water Companies

Denise Schmidt, Water Policy Advisor, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin

Lisa Sparrow, President and Chief Executive Officer, Utilities, Inc.

Walter Lynch, Chief Operating Officer, American Water

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4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Joint Panel with Electricity, Critical Infrastructure, and Gas - Broadway E


Tuesday, July 26

Location: Broadway C/D                                       
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Small, but a Mighty Challenge:  Small Water Utilities

Small water utilities often face difficult circumstances including deteriorating infrastructure, environmental compliance issues, minimal rate base, and limited access to financing among others.  How have regulators approached these issues?  Are there unique approaches that balance the interests of the utility and its customers? 

Moderator: Hon. Daniel Y. Hall, Missouri

Hon. Art Graham, Florida

Kathy Pape, President, Pennsylvania American Water

Marc Lucca, Vice President of Production, Aqua America

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1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

To Acquire or Not to Acquire?  That is the Question

Challenged water systems often do not have the resources to address the issues they are facing.  Due to those challenges, those systems are not attractive for acquisition by utilities with greater resources to address the challenges.  Some jurisdictions have implemented policies and practices intended to ease and even encourage acquisition of challenged water systems.  

Moderator:  Hon. Kenneth C. Hill, Tennessee

Hon. Sherina Maye Edwards, Illinois

Hon. Doug Little, Arizona

Shawn Bradford, Vice President, Corporate Services, EPCOR Water

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2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Commissioners' Roundtable

The Commissioners’ Roundtable is an opportunity for Commissioners to have an open discussion regarding current issues, water utility trends, and ideas for the future of water utility regulation.  Commissioners are also invited to suggest topics for upcoming meetings.

Moderator:  Hon. Alaina Burtenshaw, Nevada

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Business Meeting

Items of Business of the Water Committee will be covered including discussion and action on Resolutions and approval of the minutes from the Winter Meetings. Additionally, updates from the various partners of the Water Committee will be given, including NAWC, NARUC, WRF, NRRI, and NARUC's Rate School.  Members of the Committee will also have time to brief the Committee on activities of interest in their State.