Apr 21, 2011

NAWC to Be Presenting Sponsor of Water For People Gala to Honor Women in Water

Event will recognize women who have an impact on water and sustainability

The National Assn. of Water Companies (NAWC) today was announced as presenting sponsor of the inaugural Water For People Gala to Honor Women in Water. The charity event will be held in Washington, D.C., on June 13 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

“Water is more than a vocation to our members and to the leaders and volunteers of Water For People – it’s a calling. But for the women living in villages without access to the same quality water and sanitation systems that we have in the U.S., carrying water instead of books is a sacrifice that could mean survival,” said Michael Deane, NAWC executive director. “NAWC is proud to sponsor the Washington, D.C., Water For People Committee’s first Women in Water Gala. We believe that investing in the bright futures of so many women will pay dividends for future generations.”

The Water For People Gala to Honor Women in Water will bring together humanitarians, utility managers, industry leaders and the nation’s policy-makers who are on the forefront of making a positive impact on global water issues to recognize the accomplishments of women in water from around the world, from the women who carry water from remote sources in the 11 developing countries that Water For People serves to the women designing and operating sustainable water systems.

“As Earth Day draws near, we’re all reminded of the world’s inter-connectedness, and how much we all depend on natural resources like water no matter where we live,” said Elisa Speranza, president of the board of Water For People and president of CH2M HILL’s Operations & Maintenance Business Group. “At Water For People, we’re working with groups like NAWC to make sure everyone—every household, every school, every clinic—has access to clean water and adequate sanitation. We know we’ve succeeded when healthy girls are smiling and carrying books to school instead of carrying water.”