TT035 – The State of Drinking Water

As we approach 50 years of the Safe Drinking Water Act, public water systems and state regulators continue to face new and long-standing challenges. In our conversation with Alan Roberson, Executive Director of the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators, we discuss the most pressing issues as well as efforts to increase compliance and sustainability for the most disadvantaged communities.

Topics Discussed

“My concern is that it is going to take a Flint-like problem to bring a contaminant like manganese, lithium, or 1,4-dioxane off the back burner.”

Alan Roberson

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About the Guest

Alan Roberson is Executive Director of the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA). ASDWA’s members (the state and territorial drinking water agencies) are co-regulators under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He has over 32 years of experience in the development of drinking water policy and federal and state drinking water regulations. He and his staff work closely with EPA and the state and territorial drinking water agencies in the development and implementation of federal drinking water regulations. He coordinates with his members to establish the policy direction on all federal water regulatory and security and preparedness issues, as well as manage the finances and strategic planning for ASDWA. He is also on the Board of Directors for Fairfax Water, the largest water system in Virginia, and serves as Treasurer and Chair of the Water Quality & Supply Committee. He has a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech.