NAWC Water Summit: Building public trust serves as primary focus of event

On Oct. 4-6, private water company executives, public utility officials, regulators, and other industry leaders from across the country will gather at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, Ariz., for the National Association of Water Companies' 2015 Water Summit.

WASHINGTON, DC, Oct. 5, 2015 -- On Oct. 4-6, private water company executives, public utility officials, regulators, and other industry leaders from across the country are gathering at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, Ariz., for the National Association of Water Companies' (NAWC) 2015 Water Summit.

Each year, the NAWC Water Summit provides a dynamic forum for leaders in the water industry, public officials and other key stakeholders to exchange ideas and share solutions that ensure safe and reliable water infrastructure for communities and businesses across the country. The theme for this year's meeting -- Private Enterprise. Public Trust. -- places timely emphasis on the private water sector's collaborative role in safeguarding public health, protecting the environment and ensuring quality of life and economic growth for future generations.

"The National Association of Water Companies is eager to bring leaders from the public and private sectors of the water industry together for our annual Water Summit to collaborate on strategies to overcome the country's water challenges," said Michael Deane, NAWC executive director. "This year is especially important as we focus on the importance of building trust and cultivating loyalty in the communities we serve, which is a primary concern to both private and public utilities."

The three-day meeting includes a full agenda that comprises sessions focusing on primary and emerging issues impacting the nation's water. For example, Caitlin Durkovich, Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will address water-related risks in national security as part of a session. Likewise, a meeting focusing on sustainability will include a panel of environmental experts who will discuss innovative methods to address water supply and quality issues. Remarkable accomplishments of private water industry representatives will also be recognized as part of the Management Innovation Awards and Living Water Awards presentation.

This year's gathering is also being highlighted by keynote addresses from two of the nation's top experts on trust and loyalty -- Dr. Andrew C. Wicks and James Kane. Wicks, the Ruffin Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business, is delivering the keynote address on Monday, Oct. 5. Kane, a leading researcher and acclaimed thought leader on what makes people sincerely loyal to other people, organizations or causes, will deliver the keynote address on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

"NAWC is honored to welcome Dr. Wicks and Mr. Kane as keynote speakers for this year's Water Summit," Deane said. "Because this year's meeting centers on the importance of the water industry securing the trust and loyalty of the communities we serve, we couldn't ask for two more qualified people to address our members and guests and to inspire us to apply these ideals every day across the water industry."

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