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Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act

When and where

Date and time


The National Press Club 529 14th St. NW 13th Floor Washington, D.C. 20045

Map and directions

How to get there


Location Details:

The National Press Club is located on the 13th floor of 529 14th St. NW (14th and F Street). We recommend entering through the 14th street entrance and turning right to get to the elevators for The National Press Club.

Event Details:

Come celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) in the
Holeman Lounge at The National Press Club on December 9th starting at noon. As a pivotal act in protecting public health nationwide, the last 40 years have brought many successes. The next 40 years will bring many challenges. Enjoy light refreshments while exploring these accomplishments and ideas about overcoming the barriers to maintaining and expanding the SDWA’s impact by leading experts.

Not able to make it to the Press Club? For a link to a livestreaming video/audio of this event, please visit the following website at the start of the event:





12:00 - 1:00

Registration and Coffee

Holeman Lounge

1:00 - 1:05


Minnesota’s 40th SDWA Anniversary Video

David LaFrance, Chief Executive Officer, American Water Works Association

1:05 - 1:25

Keynote Speaker

Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator

1:25 - 2:00

Panel 1: How/what has the SDWA done so far?

Moderator: Peter Grevatt, Director, EPA Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water

James Salzman, Professor, Author of "Drinking Water: A History", Duke University,

Vic Kimm, former Director of EPA Office of Drinking Water

2:00 - 3:15

Panel 2: Where We’ve Come from and Challenges for the Future

Climate Change

Emerging Contaminants & Small System Challenges

Infrastructure Financing-Past, Present and Future

Security & Preparedness, Small Systems Challenges, Aging Workforce, and Federal, State, and Local Partnerships

Infrastructure Financing and Partnerships

Funding and Infrastructure Financing and Small Systems Challenges

“Putting Drinking Water First”

Emerging Contaminants

“One Water”

Moderator: Michael Deane, Executive Director, National Association of Water Companies

AMWA*- Chuck Murray, General Manager, Fairfax Water

ASDWA*- Jim Taft, Executive Director, Association of State Drinking Water Administrators

AWWA*- Aurel Arndt, Chief Executive Officer, Lehigh County Water Authority

NRWA*- Charles Hilton, General Manager, Breezy Hill Water & Sewer Co., Inc.

NAWC*- Walter Lynch, President and COO of Regulated Operations, American Water

RCAP- Robert Stewart, Executive Director, Rural Community Assistance Partnership

Clean Water Action- Lynn Thorp, National Campaigns Director, Clean Water Action

NRDC- Mae Wu, Program Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council

US Water Alliance- Ben Grumbles, President, U.S. Water Alliance

*Forum Sponsors

3:15 - 3:45


3:45 - 5:00

Panel 3: Potential Solutions

Technologies, Clear Policies and Effective Programs Will Be Part of the Toolbox of Solutions

Moderator: Alan Roberson, Director of Federal Relations, American Water Works Association

Mark LeChevallier, Director of Innovation & Environmental Stewardship, American Water

John Aulbach, Director, Office of Drinking Water, Virginia Department of Health

George Hawkins, General Manager, DC Water

5:00 - 7:00


First Amendment Room

Sponsored by:

American Water Works Association (AWWA)
Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA)
Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA)
National Association of Water Companies (NAWC)
National Rural Water Association (NRWA)


How do I join the Webinar?

On the day of the event, visit the following website for a livestream video/audio of this event:

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, you can check in at the registration desk.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

The National Press Club is located near the Metro Center metro stop on the Blue, Orange, Silver, and Red lines.

We recommend entering through the 14th street entrance, for convenience.