Recently, I was fortunate enough to moderate a panel at the American Bar Association’s 34th annual Water Law Conference, which took place in Austin, Texas. The panelists were fantastic: Pat Mulroy, the former General Manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority who now holds a number of positions, including Senior Fellow with the UNLV Boyd School of Law and Brookings Institution; Robert Puente, the President and CEO of the San Antonio Water System; and Vail Thorne, Senior Environmental Health & Safety Counsel with Coca-Cola. This week’s podcast is the Q&A session from that conference - a big thanks to the ABA and to each panelist for allowing the session to be recorded and released as a podcast. Listen in for terrific insights from these tremendous panelists.
In this session, you’ll learn about:
- The importance of non-revenue water as a conservation measure
- Water conservation and its use as a tool for system growth
- Challenges faced by utilities as a result of conservation
- How companies use conservation to further their social license to operate
- How technology affects water conservation
- Governance and a common problem often faced by utilities in sustaining their business model
- Challenges utilities face when implementing green infrastructure
- The importance of education when implementing a water conservation program
Resources and links mentioned in or relevant to this session include:
- Pat Mulroy’s bio page on the Brookings Institution website
- Robert Puente’s bio page on the San Antonio Water System website
- TWV 046: The Amazing Success of the San Antonio Water System
- The American Bar Association’s 34th Annual Water Law Conference Agenda
- The American Bar Association webpage with conference materials, including PowerPoints and articles by Pat Mulroy and Vail Thorne
Sorry – no transcript this week. Let me know by emailing me if you miss the transcripts!
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