Tuesday, September 13

Welcome Remarks

9:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.

Nicki Taylor, President, Artesian Water Company

Bulls and Bears and the Economy

9:20 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.

Watchers of Wall Street are approaching the economy with apprehension, fear and even awe as we experience swings in the stock market and a 40-year high for inflation. Tap into the insiders for a lively discussion as we explore the impacts on the water industry including if/when the trends may reverse and what employers like water companies are doing to ride out the ebbs and flows.

Steve Grasso, CEO Grasso Global, CNBC market analyst


Catherine Heigel, EVP AND COO, Corix Regulated Utilities


Reese Tisdale, President, Bluefield Research


Chris Franklin, CEO, Essential Utilities


The Ripple Effect

10:20 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.

The western United States is in the midst of a 20-year drought that UCLA scientists say is the worst in 12 centuries. The issues that accompany a lack of adequate access to clean, reliable drinking water ripples through our economy and can have devastating health impacts. Join a dynamic conversation about how water companies and technology providers are ensuring a reliable water supply and protecting our most valuable natural resource.

Andy Gere, President, and Chief Operating Officer at San Jose Water Company


Honorable Lea Márquez Peterson, Chair, Arizona Corporation Commission and Co-Vice Chair NARUC Committee on Water


Kim Nelson, Chief Operating Officer, True Elements


Ron Fleming, Chairman, President and CEO, Global Water Resources


A Vision for 2023: Remarks by NAWC Chairman-elect Don Morrissey

11:20 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Don Morrisey, NAWC Chairman-elect

Surf’s Up - Riding the Waves

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Democrats were stoked with the promise of a blue wave in the 2020 elections. However, the breakers brought just modest gains and razor-thin margins in the U.S. House and Senate. Now, Republicans are paddling out, amped to ride an epic wave. Hang loose as our panel of experts breaks down the chances to catch the curl of a red wave or will voters drop in, ruin their hopes for an off-the-hook ride and return the U.S. to a gnarly purple haze.

Martin Kropelnicki, President and CEO, California Water Service Group


Honorable Carlos Curbelo, Former Member of Congress


Marshall Cohen, Political Director, Democratic Governors’ Association


FOAs with a side of PFOS - Making Sense of the Alphabet Soup

2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Words most cannot pronounce shortened into acronyms that many do not understand. Connect with industry experts to sort out the gibberish of chemicals the water industry is confronting and what the future for dealing with these issues may be.

Rob MacLean, President and CEO, SouthWest Water Co.


Chris Crockett, Chief Environmental, Safety and Sustainability Officer, Essential Utilities


Honorable Mary-Anna Holden, Commissioner, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities


Wednesday, September 14

Drinking It All In

9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

From significant federal funding for water and wastewater infrastructure, to the need for a permanent low-income assistance program, to a desire to establish a definition of water equity, we are in the midst of dramatic shifts in water policy. Be there as this panel of experts candidly discusses the pros and cons of the recent water funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the need for water equity and a permanent federal low-income assistance program, and what tomorrow will bring for water policy.

Honorable Maria S. Bocanegra, Commissioner, Illinois Commerce Commission, Chair NARUC Water Committee


Professor Manuel P. Teodoro, PhD, Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin

Fireside Chat Panelist

Dr. Lanikque Howard, Director, Office of Community Services

Fireside Chat Panelist

John Tang, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Government Relations, San Jose Water

Fireside Chat Panelist

Tapping into the Main Line

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Welcome to a long-time staple of the Water Summit. Sit in as NAWC Board members and utility Commissioners look back over the past two days and discuss highlights and lessons learned from the Summit panels. Join us to hear a candid conversation about key takeaways from the event that panelists and attendees may find useful upon returning home.

Honorable Charlotte Lane, Chair, Public Service Commission of West Virginia


Josiah Cox, President, Central States Water Resources


Karine Rougé, Chief Executive Officer, Municipal Water, Veolia North America


Honorable Jimmy Glotfelty, Commissioner, Public Utility Commission of Texas


Closing Remarks

11:30 a.m.

Robert F. Powelson, President and CEO, National Association of Water Companies


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