The U.S. Water Alliance (USWA) and the Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association (WWEMA) recently convened a roundtable of industry leaders to discuss ways to promote the development and adoption of innovative approaches and technologies within the water industry.
More than 60 policy makers, regulators, manufacturers and industry stakeholders, including Brent Fewell, Senior Vice President of Environment, Health and Safety at United Water and Chair of the U.S. Water Alliance’s Business Advisory Council, attended the roundtable.
The roundtable discussion, “Innovating for Water’s Future”, was an all day event consisting of three sessions:
- Framing the Needs and Challenges to Innovation: The discussion focused on barriers to innovation from the point of view of water and wastewater equipment manufacturers, municipalities and public works officials. Participants of this sessions included Deb Lavelle, Chair, WWEMA; Rich Anderson, Senior Advisor, U.S. Conference of Mayors and Robert Steidel, Director of Public Utilities, City of Richmond (Virginia).
- Leveraging Existing and Exploring New Opportunities in innovation: The discussion focused on opportunities and solutions from the perspective of manufacturers, state and federal regulators. Participants included Nancy Stoner, Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Water, U.S. EPA; Suzanne van Drunick and Sally Gutierrez, Office of Research and Development, U.S. EPA; Alex Dunn, Executive Director and General Counsel, Association of Clean Water Administrators and Jim Taft, Executive Director, Association of State Drinking Water Administrators.
- Facilitated Discussion: The final session focused on additional perspectives from all the participants of the roundtable and was facilitated by Brent Fewell, Senior Vice President of Environment, Health and Safety, United Water.