From water infrastructure failures in Jackson, Mississippi, to a political and financing puzzle in California, water affordability is an emerging policy concern for an industry already facing huge challenges. Tune is as Brownstein’s Jessica Diaz speaks to industry experts Jennifer Capitolo and April Ballou about how the issue of water affordability and fragmentation is playing out among providers, the potential and pitfalls that come with federal assistance programs and the critical balance of providing affordable water without sacrificing safety or reliability. This conversation came as a result of Brownstein’s 2022 California H2O Women Conference, which showcases leading women professionals, their work and their contributions to advance the water industry. April Ballou is general counsel and vice president of state regulatory affairs for the National Association of Water Companies and Jennifer Capitolo is the executive director of the California Water Association.
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