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Water Infrastructure as a Driver of
Economic Recovery, Equity & Resilience

A Virtual Event | 2:30-3:30 PM EDT | Monday, May 10, 2021

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In rural and urban areas across the country, aging water infrastructure and lack of access to clean water are negatively affecting American health, economy and natural resources. Modernizing our nation’s water infrastructure is critical to strengthening our public health defenses and minimizing environmental impact.

With an historic $2.3 trillion infrastructure funding package currently before the Congress, we have the opportunity of a lifetime to highlight water’s essential role in America’s infrastructure and champion solutions that benefit every American.

Investments in water infrastructure have compelling economic paybacks, as well as making water more affordable and improving communities’ resilience in the face of climate change.

sponsors_528x330_rv2.jpgAs part of Infrastructure Week 2021, Xylem hosted a virtual event, co-sonsored by the US Water Alliance, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) and the Water Environment Federation, where water sector leaders discussed possibilities for the future of America's water infrastructure. The expert panel shared perspectives on how to seize the moment to address legacy water infrastructure needs and modernize the nation’s water systems.

Panel participants included: Kishia Powell, Chief Operating Officer, DC Water; Andrew Sawyers, Director, Office of Wastewater Management, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Adam Krantz, CEO, National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA); George Hawkins, Founder and CEO, Moonshot Missions; and Patrick Decker, President and CEO, Xylem.



George Hawkins | Founder and CEO, Moonshot Missions

George Hawkins launched his innovation-focused enterprise Moonshot Missions after stepping down as CEO of DC Water. Mr. Hawkins helps agencies adopt strategies to deliver better service at lower cost. He transformed DC Water into an enterprise that embraced innovations from Green Infrastructure to $500 million investment in clean energy and the sector’s first century and environmental impact bonds.

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Patrick K. Decker | President and CEO, Xylem Inc.

Patrick Decker was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Xylem in March 2014, and he also serves on the Xylem Board of Directors. Xylem is a leading global water technology provider, serving customers in more than 150 countries with innovative solutions to their most complex water challenges. Under Mr. Decker’s leadership, Xylem has completed multiple acquisitions that collectively have expanded the company’s portfolio of smart water infrastructure solutions and advanced data analytics capabilities that are applied in water and critical energy services.

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Adam Krantz | CEO, National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)

Adam Krantz is currently CEO of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), where he has served in a number of positions since May 2001.  Mr. Krantz directs an unparalleled team in Washington, DC, that advocates on behalf of the nation’s public clean water agencies on an array of regulatory, legislative, legal and communication initiatives geared toward ensuring sustainable clean water agencies and a move toward the Utility of the Future.

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Kishia L. Powell | Chief Operating Officer, DC Water

Kishia L. Powell joined DC Water in May 2020, and serves as the Authority's Chief Operating Officer, overseeing all operating departments, as well as the Customer Service and Administration clusters. Ms. Powell previously served as Commissioner of the City of Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management, where she had served since June 2016. With expertise in sustainable infrastructure management and utility operations, she has leveraged 22 years of experience in both the public and private sectors to successfully serve municipalities across the United States and London, England.

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Andrew D. Sawyers | Director, Office of Wastewater Management, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Andrew D. Sawyers is the Director of the Office of Wastewater Management at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC. He oversees the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program, the Clean Water Act’s mechanism for the permitting of municipal and industrial discharge into surface waters of the U.S.

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