NEW WATER SUPPLY COALITION
Creating New Water Today . Averting a Supply
The New Water Supply Coalition is a national organization of water
agencies and utilities whose mission is to encourage the development
of coastal seawater and inland brackish groundwater desalination
plants, water recycling projects, and groundwater contamination
clean-up projects that create new water supplies. Our coalition
will seek to raise the awareness level in Congress that there is
an urgent need to make the development of new water supply sources
a national priority to meet future demands for reliable and clean
MISSION: The New Water Supply Coalition is a non-profit District of Columbia trade association consisting of public water agencies and utilities throughout the nation. The coalition is interested in pursuing federal legislation to establish a new program to provide federal financial assistance to encourage the development of projects that create new water supplies not currently available.
GOAL: To develop and pass before the conclusion of the 110th Congress,
a consensus piece of legislation that would authorize public water agencies
to issue tax credit bonds as a financing vehicle to assist in funding the planning,
design and construction of coastal seawater and
inland brackish groundwater desalination plants, water recycling projects,
and groundwater contamination clean-up projects that create new water supplies.
After passage of the legislation, the coalition will continue to promote the
use of this financing tool and expanded federal support for new water supplies.
GOVERNANCE: The coalition is organized as a 501 (c) (6) tax exempt entity and is governed by a board of directors consisting of a director appointed by each of the Member Agencies. Each director is either an elected director or senior level manager within the Member Agency. The day to day affairs of the coalition are contracted out and managed by The Furman Group, Inc. ("TFG"). Its managing director, Mr. Hal Furman, serves as the executive director of the coalition. The coalition has no permanent staff.
MEMBER AGENCY DUES: Each member agency contributes annual dues of $35,000 to offset
the costs associated with managing the affairs of the coalition and implementing
the legislative and public affairs strategy.
ASSOCIATE MEMBER DUES: Non-voting membership in the coalition is open to
private companies (such as engineering and construction firms and equipment
manufacturers), other associations, and water agencies that support the legislative
agenda of the coalition. Dues for members are $7,500 annually. Members
are not entitled to a seat on the board of directors but are welcome to attend
meetings of the coalition. In addition, members receive regular updates
of the coalition's activities.