In the first-ever session of The Water Values Podcast, I’m happy to welcome Matt Klein. Matt’s wide-ranging experience with water issues demonstrates why I wanted him as my first guest. Matt has been an environmental regulator, an environmental lawyer, the Executive Director of Indianapolis Water and the Executive Director of Technical Operations for the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, his present position. Today, we’re talking about water issues from the perspectives of each of these positions.
Matt and I initially met when he was the Executive Director of Indianapolis Water. His work as the Executive Director of the utility earned praise from many sectors. During his tenure, he changed the culture of the utility and implemented significant changes for that utility from energy audits at the utility’s facilities, to a new public bidding regime for capital projects, to preparing the utility for the transfer of its assets, and many more changes.
Matt did a terrific job at Indianapolis Water, and we’ll learn about his experiences there and his environmental experience in the water arena in this session of The Water Values Podcast.
In this Session, You’ll Learn about:
- A high-level overview of the regime of environmental statutes affecting water, like the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and other environmental statutes.
- The interplay between federal and state environmental regulation
- A high-level overview of how a drinking water utility operates and distributes water from its treatment facilities to its customers
- A high-level look at rate case issues
- How revenue-funding improvements contrasts with bond-funding improvements
- How Indianapolis Water implemented a new public bidding mechanism
- The importance of non-revenue water
- The importance of customer meters and meter reading
Resources and Links Mentioned in this Session Include:
- Safe Drinking Water Act
- Clean Water Act
- Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (referred to as RCRA or “rickra”)
- Underground Storage Tank regulation
- Indiana’s environmental regulations pertaining to drinking water: 327 IAC 8
- Non-revenue water
- The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission
- The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor
- Matt’s Twitter handle: @themariner1220 – FOLLOW HIM!
- Matt’s email: MKlein@oucc.IN.gov
Click here to download the Transcript for Session 1 of The Water Values Podcast
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