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From the Corner Office

Advocating for a Better Legislative Flow

G Tracy Mehan AWWA

Water is essential to life, and for the American Water Works Association, there may be no function more essential to its mission of “providing solutions to effectively manage water, the world’s most important resource” than advocating for clean, safe drinking water. Since its beginning in 1881, AWWA has grown to become the largest association of water supply professionals in the world with 50,000 members that represent 3,900 utilities that provide about 80 percent of the United States’ drinking water. G. Tracy Mehan III, AWWA’s executive director for government affairs, leads a staff of eight at the association’s Washington, D.C., office. His experience working in legislative affairs for a private firm before running the Office of Water at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under President George W. Bush has informed his role as an association-based advocate. Mehan details below how his department advocates for safer, more durable drinking water systems. Association Adviser: Tell us about your role with AWWA. G. Tracy Mehan III: I’m the executive director for government affairs with the American Water Works Association. Eight of us run AWWA’s Washington office. AWWA’s headquarters are located in Denver, where 140 of our colleagues are doing quite a bit of work focusing on the effective management of water. Here in D.C., we focus on the Hill, on legislation about infrastructure and financing as it relates to safe and sustainable drinking water. We work with regulatory agencies, the EPA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to achieve our goal of educating ...

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