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National Association of Water Companies Announces Formation of Contract Operations Committee

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The National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) announced today the
formation of a Board-led Standing Committee focused on contract
operations. The new Contract Operations Committee represents NAWC
members engaged in the provision of water and wastewater services via
operating agreements, public-private partnerships, and related
arrangements with municipalities and other entities. The Committee will
provide a forum to share information and exchange best practices as well
as collect and publish market data. In addition, the Committee will seek
to establish a greater presence at key water summits and events to
further communicate and share the many advantages associated with
contract operations partnerships.

"Contract operators bring many benefits to the municipalities with which
they partner, including more efficient operations, strict environmental
and safety compliance, shared risk liability and guaranteed performance
metrics," noted Stephane Bouvier, CEO of Inframark and Chair of the NAWC
Contract Operations Committee. "I am pleased to lead this group, knowing
that, as the discussion continues about how we can strengthen our
nation's water infrastructure, contract operators will play a crucial
role in ensuring that generations to come of Americans have safe,
reliable water service."

"Communities across the country have been benefiting from public-private
partnerships for over 200 years. With the creation of this new
committee, we hope to spread the word and provide prospective
communities with insight and information on the long-term value that can
be delivered through public-private partnerships," said Robert Powelson,
NAWC President and Chief Executive Officer. "NAWC members offer a wide
array of solutions to address water challenges and have the experience
and expertise needed to provide the highest quality product to the 73
million Americans we serve each day."

If you are interested in speaking with NAWC President and CEO Robert
Powelson or Contract Operations Committee Chair Stephane Bouvier, please
contact Marybeth Leongini. For more information about the National
Association of Water Companies, visit NAWC.org.

About the NAWC

The National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) represents regulated
water and wastewater companies, as well as ones engaging in partnerships
with municipal utilities. NAWC members provide 73 million Americans with
safe and reliable water service every day and have an exceptional record
of compliance with federal and state health and environmental
regulations. Ensuring this high standard of quality requires
extraordinary amounts of capital investment. NAWC estimates that its six
largest members alone are collectively investing $2.7 billion each year
in their water and wastewater systems.

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