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March 29, 2011
     
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More than 50 members of the National Association of Water Companies met in San Antonio on March 22, 2011 – World Water Day – for the annual Winter Leadership Meeting. Members of the group are preparing for the NAWC-sponsored Women in Water Gala to benefit Water For People, a global nonprofit dedicated to water-resource management. The inaugural Women in Water Gala will be held on June 13, 2011, in Washington, D.C. Tickets are $60 each.

 
     
 

Study Indicates Need for Sustainable Water Models at All Levels of Society

Unless more sustainable water-resource-management practices are adopted by companies and individuals, almost half of the global economy and more than half of the world's population will be exposed to severe water scarcity by 2050, according to research released by Veolia Water.

New research modeling various levels of economic growth and water management efficiencies underscores the need for changes in how society manages water resources and water productivity (economic output per drop). The analysis was conducted by Veolia Water and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), an international agricultural research center studying sustainable solutions to ending hunger and poverty.

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American States Water Company Announces Agreement for New Service Territory

American States Water Company has reported that its Golden State Water Company subsidiary has executed an agreement with Sutter County, Calif., a group of developers and a group of water customers to allow GSWC to provide retail water service in a new development being proposed in the southern part of Sutter County.

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New Jersey's BPU President Selected as New Gas Committee Co-Vice Chair

National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners President Tony Clark of North Dakota has appointed New Jersey Board of Public Utilities President Lee A. Solomon to serve as co-vice chairman of the Association’s Committee on Gas.

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Aquarion Stomping Out Its Carbon Footprint

Aquarion Water Company has been working diligently on a series of measures to reduce its “carbon footprint”—or the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) it emits into the air.

Globally, awareness of CO2 emissions has grown significantly during the last few decades thanks to the debate over the impact those emissions have on the Earth’s atmosphere. The use of fossil fuels continues to increase the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere, where, along with other gases, it creates a “greenhouse effect,” which has been proven to be detrimental to the Earth’s environment.

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Consent Decree Entered In West Virginia Mine Discharge Dispute

On March 14, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency , the U.S. Department of Justice and the State of West Virginia announced that Consol Energy, Inc. had agreed: (1) to pay a $5.5 million civil penalty for violating Clean Water Act pollution discharge limits at six of its mines in West Virginia; and (2) to spend an estimated $200 million in constructing and operating a reverse osmosis water treatment plant to remove high levels of chloride and total dissolved solids from the mining wastewater.

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New York Chapter Meeting

The New York Chapter will hold its Spring Conference on May 19, at The Desmond Hotel and Conference Center, 660 Albany Shaker Road, Albany, New York.  More information will be provided as we get closer to the date.