National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)

NACWA, WEF, and ACWA celebrate 40 years of clean water act accomplishments and outline a vision for the future

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Washington, D.C. -- The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), and the Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA) along with local utilities and others in the clean water community came together to celebrate 40 years of accomplishments under the Clean Water Act (CWA) and to call for a new vision to ensure further water quality progress.

Representatives of the three organizations agreed that the CWA has led to vastly improved water quality and community and economic vitality in the United States, and discussed even greater financial, environmental, and sustainability challenges that lie ahead. The executive directors shared their organizations’ unique take on the future of the CWA:

“We should be proud of the accomplishments we’ve made under the Clean Water Act,” said Ken Kirk, Executive Director of NACWA. “But to achieve the next level of water quality progress utilities need to be able to prioritize their efforts to achieve the greatest environmental return for the money invested. The federal government must also continue to be a full, long-term partner in meeting the growing costs of CWA compliance and infrastructure maintenance and repair.” …

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