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Utility professionals visit Capitol Hill to discuss water issues

March 25, 2010
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WASHINGTON — More than 130 water utility professionals from throughout the country paid a visit to Capitol Hill yesterday for the ninth “Water Matters Fly-In,” an event sponsored by the American Water Works Association (AWWA), according to a press release.

Smart water security policy and infrastructure funding were among the top issues discussed with lawmakers during the Fly-In, the release stated.

Specifically, AWWA urged Congress to: Create a federal Water Infrastructure Bank; bring to the floor and vote for S.1005, the Water Infrastructure Financing Act; and support H.R. 537, the Sustainable Water Infrastructure Investment Act, according to the release.

Other issues water professionals discussed with legislators included change impacts, pharmaceutical compounds in water, carbon sequestration, hydraulic fracturing and perchlorate, the release stated.

“Providing safe water for all Americans should be a top priority for every member of Congress,” said AWWA President Craig R. Woolard. “This week, AWWA members are bringing legislators the information they need to make the right decisions to protect public health and safety.”

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