May 19, 2010

National Association of Water Companies Supports National Public Works Week

Week calls attention to importance of public works to economic vitality and quality of life

The National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) partnered with other infrastructure organizations to recognize the efforts of tens of thousands of Americans who provide and maintain the systems and services of America’s public works. Celebrating National Public Works Week, NAWC recognizes the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972 and the Safe Drinking Water Act in 1974 and the men and women committed to helping communities across the country achieve the important objectives of these national commitments every day.

NAWC and its partners will sponsor a recognition reception on Capitol Hill today marking the 50th anniversary of National Public Works Week. Members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will be honored at the reception for their role in creating and implementing the Clean Water Act. This bill created a regulatory pact in which regulatory and enforcement agencies oversee and ensure compliance with the law and water stewards, like NAWC members, must meet or exceed public health and environmental standards.

“National Public Works Week calls deserved attention to the importance of public works to the economic vitality and quality of life in our communities. As stewards of public health and the environment, the managers and staff of our public works like water and wastewater systems are often overlooked,” said Michael Deane, executive director of the National Association of Water Companies. “The contributions of these dedicated men and women are too often taken for granted, and the NAWC is committed to recognizing the public service they provide this and every week.”

National Public Works Week was first instituted by the American Public Works Assn. in 1960 and seeks to enhance the prestige of professionals committed to serving the public good.