September 3, 2010

Holman Reappointed to Seat Advising State on Water Issues

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Sept. 3, 2010

CONTACT: Erin McKenzie
(919) 613-3652

DURHAM, N.C. -- Bill Holman, director of State Policy at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, has been reappointed to the State Water Infrastructure Commission (SWIC).

N.C. Sen. Marc Basnight selected Holman, last month, for a term running through January 2012.

“Building and maintaining our water infrastructure is essential for public health, environmental protection and economic development,” said Holman. “I am happy to serve another term with the SWIC, which provides a forum for water funders, state agencies, local governments, and other parties to develop the policies needed to improve and finance our drinking water, wastewater and stormwater systems.”

In this role, Holman will continue work to help identify and prioritize water infrastructure needs and develop a plan to meet those needs. So far, members have been influential in assisting the state in improving water efficiency by establishing guidelines for such measures as leakage detection and water audits.

His latest term will focus on documenting drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure needs; establishing guidelines for conservation-oriented water rate structures; and developing policies encouraging water utilities to adopt rates to ensure their revenues exceed their expenses.

The SWIC was created by the N.C. General Assembly in 2005. Since its inception, Holman has served as one of its 13 members, most recently as chair. He joined the Nicholas Institute in 2007, after serving six years as executive director of the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund, a water quality financing agency.