MWRD Board Wants Polluter Pay Principle adopted by Water Trade Associations and Affirmative Action Ordinance Issues Require another Study Session
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) Board Meeting
November 3, 2022
Three Water Associations’ membership renewals that were deferred from the October 22nd Board meeting were again deferred after extensive discussion prompted by Commissioner Davis’ statement that he would vote NO on all three. His statement represents his strong viewpoint that State and National Water trade associations should better represent water utilities by adopting the “polluter pay principle” in their legislative agendas. In particular, PFAS, which are considered a forever toxin, need to be identified and stopped at their manufacturing source.
Executive Director Perkovich noted that he is in regular conversation with these trade organizations but that the issues are complicated. The very robust discussion that ensued involved all nine commissioners and led to requests for more specific information about what the Trade Associations are doing to lobby for PFAS removal and what resources would be lost if membership was dropped. They also asked the District to develop a strategy for how best to proceed. Davis wants the District to push the Trade Associations to take more responsibility for helping utilities protect water effluents in addition to limiting member’s legal liability. Several commissioners stated that they want to continue membership but work with staff and the District’s state and federal lobbyists. Items #12-14, 22-0931,32,33
The resolution requesting board and public review of the Affirmative Action Ordinance Amendment prompted a request for another Study Session as several recommendations from the Disparity Study were not included. Important missing items were the acceptance of other government procurement certification lists, moving previously exempted furnish and deliver contracts under AAP compliance, establishing a Diversity Advisory Council, and revisiting the surety bond requirement. Item #44, 022-014
Budget & Employment
Note: The AAP Study Session will be held on November 9, 2022
Observer: Diane Edmundson
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