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Michael Deane
Michael Deane, a participant in The Aspen Institute’s Dialogue on Sustainable Water Infrastructure in the U.S., formerly served as U.S. EPA associate assistant administrator for the Office of Water and is currently executive director of the National Association of Water Companies, which represents all aspects of the private water service industry. A copy of The Aspen Institute report can be accessed at

Entries by Michael Deane

Solving Complex Water Challenges Requires Multiple Solutions

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 11:08 AM

This month, as America's attention is being drawn to Infrastructure Week (May 16-23), the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) wants to draw particular attention to a matter of national security--water infrastructure. We know the country's roads, bridges, rails, ports, airports, power grid, and broadband are important, but water utilities...

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Celebrating Safe Drinking Water

(2) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 4:22 PM

Every day of your life, you rely on safe, clean water. When you brush your teeth, bathe, put ice in a glass or just drink water straight from the tap, you know the water will be safe and clean. For that, you can thank the water utilities, regulators and legislators...

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America's Water Infrastructure Challenge: Moving from Proposals to Solutions

(1) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 1:19 PM

In downtown Bethesda - one of Washington, D.C.'s busiest suburbs - an 89-year-old water main bursts, closing a major commuter thoroughfare through rush hour. Nearby Baltimore faces 353 water main breaks in the first two months of 2014 - more than twice the number during the same period in 2013....

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Water Utility Sector Works in Partnership to Meet Cyber Security Challenges

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 8:48 AM

Like most utilities in our country, the drinking water and wastewater sectors rely heavily on automated technologies to track and manage the transport and treatment of water. The evolution of computer-based management systems, or industrial control systems (ICS), has hugely improved the reliability and quality of water service. However, as...

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In the Face of Drought, Innovative Approaches are Keeping Water Flowing

(1) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 11:34 AM

On June 13, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision in Tarrant Regional Water District v. Herrmann. As one of more than two dozen interstate water compacts that allocate water in various areas of the country, the Red River Compact governs water rights between Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas,...

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2013: The Year of Public-Private Partnerships

(1) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 9:18 AM

"...America works best when it's calling upon the resources and ingenuity of our vibrant private sector."
-The White House, Rebuild America Partnership announcement, March 29, 2013

If the first four months of the year are any indication, we may look back on 2013 as the year of the Public-Private...

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The Need for a National Conversation about Water Infrastructure

(1) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 10:50 AM

Drought is once again becoming part of our daily vocabulary. The U.S. Government Accountability Office reports at least 36 states are expected to face water shortages by the end of this year. Despite this alarming news, there are relatively few public demands for immediate action. Compare this quiescent mindset to...

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Experts Agree U.S. Water Infrastructure in Trouble

(5) Comments | Posted January 24, 2011 | 12:19 PM

CNN recently highlighted America's growing water infrastructure concerns, from dripping pipes and leaking faucets to catastrophic water main breaks. Some are minor, but others wreak havoc on homes, destroying valuables and resulting in major property loss. This is a fact that is all too real for Anita Kramer,...

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A New Year's Resolution for American Households: Prioritize our spending and understand the true value of what we're buying

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2010 | 3:30 PM

A recent article in The Washington Post analyzed how an upper-class American family with a gross annual income of $250,000 spent their money. The article was accompanied by a chart listing the national average costs for goods for a family of four at that higher than average income...

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Will American cities really run out of water?

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2010 | 2:20 PM

Last month, The Huffington Post ran a piece that highlighted analysis noting 10 major U.S. cities that would have significant "imbalances of water supply and demand." 24/7 Wall Street, an online financial publication, prepared the analysis based on two recent studies and noted that water shortages...

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In the News Doesn't Necessarily Mean In-The-Know

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2010 | 5:17 PM

Anytime municipalities find themselves making a decision that will affect every citizen, it's always a challenge to choose what's best for all constituents today and into the future. That's true whether economic times are prosperous, or tough. Making sure an adequate amount of due diligence occurs every time hard choices...

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Young Scientists Making Every Drop Count

(1) Comments | Posted August 25, 2010 | 9:30 AM

Summer break is nearly over, and for many students that means saying goodbye to fun in the sun and reigniting a desire to learn. But summer wasn't a total wash for students interested in pursuing education and careers in the water industry. Across the country, students from grade school to...

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Water Conservation: Get it While It's Hot

(8) Comments | Posted August 11, 2010 | 11:19 AM

Unless you live in the Northwest, chances are you've spent the summer lamenting the heat and/or humidity that has engulfed a majority of the country. And it turns out we're not alone. According to NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, "the first half of 2010 breaks the thermometer." NOAA found that...

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Protecting Water on Earth Day... and Every Day

(7) Comments | Posted April 22, 2010 | 1:16 PM

Earth Day, the day set aside globally to appreciate our planet and all the bounty and wonder it has to offer, provides an opportunity to consider what we as individuals, or as representatives of organizations, can contribute to the ecological health and vitality of the Blue Planet. While we have...

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Paying America's Water Bill

(1) Comments | Posted April 16, 2010 | 12:04 PM

As we dive headfirst into Spring and commemorate our appreciation for the earth and its natural resources through events like World Water Day, Earth Day and the upcoming Water Appreciation Month (May), it is nice to see the media coming along for the ride, too, particularly as it relates to...

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EPA's Fix a Leak Week -- Making Every Drop Count

(2) Comments | Posted March 31, 2010 | 4:16 PM

Last week was the EPA's Fix a Leak Week, established to highlight the significant savings that can be achieved by addressing leaking water pipes and fixtures. Promoting the agency's WaterSense program, municipalities and private companies across the country participated in activities ranging from educating consumers to actually fixing leaks while...

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Reflecting on World Water Day

(2) Comments | Posted March 22, 2010 | 3:10 PM

Today, March 22nd, people and organizations across the world will recognize the 18th Annual World Water Day raising the profile of the importance of safe, reliable water for everyone. Around one billion people -- that's nine zeros -- lack sufficient access to healthy water and World Water Day,...

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Addressing America's Aging Infrastructure

(1) Comments | Posted February 19, 2010 | 9:14 AM

I read Bob Herbert's recent column (New York Times, Feb. 16) with great interest. Appropriately asking "What's Wrong with Us?," Herbert ignited an often-overlooked, but necessary dialogue about our nation's aging infrastructure. As the comments well illustrate, (there were 309 of them before the forum closed to additional...

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Water: Don't Lose It, Reuse It!

(2) Comments | Posted February 12, 2010 | 11:17 AM

It's hard for many to process the fact that although 70 percent of the Earth's surface is covered by water, we can only access about one percent as potable fresh water. As awareness of a potential water scarcity grows, so does the global effort to reuse water traditionally used for...

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Water Environment Protection Efforts Must Be Collaborative

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2010 | 2:02 PM

Let me ask you a question. When someone asks where your water comes from, do you point to your kitchen faucet, or does your mind go to the lake 30 minutes up the road? Research shows that most Americans give the first answer, evidence that we take our nearly universal...

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