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The National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) announced the formation of a new Contract Operations Committee, a board-led standing committee focused on contract operations. The committee represents NAWC members engaged in the provision of water and wastewater services through operating agreements, public-private partnerships, and related arrangements with municipalities and other entities. This will provide a forum to share information and exchange best practices as well as collect and publish market data.

Municipalities benefit from contract operators in terms of efficiency, strict environmental and safety compliance, shared risk liability, and guaranteed performance metrics that can help strengthen water infrastructure. The committee is also looking to establish a greater presence at key water summits and events to further communicate the advantages associated with contract operations partnerships.

“Communities across the country have been benefiting from public-private partnerships for over 200 years. With the creation of this new committee, we hope to spread the word and provide prospective communities with insight and information on the long-term value that can be delivered through public-private partnerships,” says Robert Powelson, NAWC President and Chief Executive Officer. “NAWC members offer a wide array of solutions to address water challenges and have the experience and expertise needed to provide the highest quality product to the 73 million Americans we serve each day.”