About Our Chapter
The Pennsylvania Chapter of the NAWC was the organization's first state chapter. Today, it consists of 10 member companies that provide safe and reliable drinking water service to approximately 3.1 million Pennsylvanians in 485 communities over 39 counties. In addition, four of our member companies work to provide wastewater service to approximately 155,000 Pennsylvanians in 25 communities over eight counties.
The Pennsylvania Chapter is a proactive organization which keeps its members informed of legislative and regulatory developments on the federal and state level. The chapter, through its committees, board meetings and government relations activities, provides a vehicle for expressing the position of regulated investor-owned water and wastewater utilities in Pennsylvania on legislative and regulatory issues. We strive to consider and address, by all lawful means, common concerns, and to secure cooperative action in advancing the common interests of the member companies of the chapter. The chapter seeks to educate its legislators, regulators and customers on the business of providing quality water service at the tap every day for less than a penny per gallon.
While the industry itself has been through a transition, the chapter was able to maintain the same counsel and contract lobbyist —the same two individuals for around 20 years — to advise us on legislative and regulatory matters and to coordinate member company responses under the umbrella of the chapter. This consistent presence before the Pennsylvania General Assembly and regulatory agencies like the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Public Utility Commission (PUC) has allowed the chapter to maintain its relationships and contacts. The chapter has become the "go-to" voice for the water industry in Pennsylvania because we have always provided our legislators and regulators with timely information and assistance to help solve regional water and wastewater issues throughout the Commonwealth. Speaking with one voice in a professional manner is what we do best.
The chapter provides a vehicle for expressing the position of regulated investor-owned water supply utilities in Pennsylvania on such legislative and regulatory developments through correspondence, testimony, participation on regulatory advisory committees, etc. before the General Assembly and regulatory agencies. For more info, contact JT Hand at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annually, the chapter holds a Legislative Breakfast (usually in February), Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon (coinciding with "Water Week" in May), Customer Service Seminar (fall) and Holiday Luncheon (December).
Advantages of Chapter Membership
- Weekly PA Chapter E-Newsletter summarizing state and federal legislative/regulatory issues
- Monthly catalog of all industry related PA legislation and regulations, including status and summaries
- Chapter lobbying on state legislative/regulatory issues
- Minutes from chapter board meetings
- Industry Networking and participation in chapter events (i.e., Legislative Breakfast, Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon, Customer Service Seminar, and Holiday Luncheon)
Active NAWC members in Pennsylvania include: