32 States Convene for the National Governors Association’s Water Policy Meeting

The National Governors Association Water Policy Institute convened Governors’ Water Policy Advisors from 32 states to discuss challenges faced by the water industry and how states can help solve those issues. California’s Governor, Jerry Brown, addressed the attendees on California’s water successes and challenges, touching on drought and climate change, water reuse and efficiency, the water and agriculture nexus, and water infrastructure funding.

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) were a key issue for many states. Representatives from North Carolina, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Michigan’s PFAS Action Response Team all spoke on the challenges their states are facing and the actions that have been taking. Both New Hampshire and Pennsylvania are expecting state legislative action to address PFAS with a health standard for drinking water as early as by the end of the year. You can find more information on state PFAS actions by visiting ASDWA’s PFAS webpage.

NGA will be posting all of the presentations from the 2018 Water Policy Institute next week at NGA.org. Presentation topics include regionalization, drought mitigation strategies, innovative technologies, and water security.