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EPN Breakfast Club

Oct 10, 2017, 7:15am - 9:30am
Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
Molly Hardesty

The Environmental Professionals Network hosts a monthly breakfast series with compelling speakers on important innovative topics at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on Ohio State’s campus - open to all!

Privatizing Public Drinking Water Utilities – Can the Public’s Interest Still be Protected?

EPN October 2017
EPN October 2017

With a possible federal emphasis on infrastructure, and possible greater emphasis on public-private partnerships, it is timely to focus on experiences in Ohio and beyond with varying degrees of privatizing public drinking water utilities. Less than 5% of Ohio’s public drinking water is supplied by private, investor-owned utilities. That number is higher in some other countries. Less developed countries often struggle to meet the public’s drinking water needs, and some financially-challenged cities in the US do too. Still, is affordable drinking water a basic human right that government must give a high priority to providing? When communities consider private partnerships, what guidelines might be useful? Attend this EPN program and join the discussion of these critical matters.

This program is also sponsored by the Ohio Water Resources Center at The Ohio State University.


James Olson

James Olson, JD, Partner, Olson, Bzdok and Howard, Traverse City; Founder and President, FLOW For the Love of Water 

Olson bio profile


    7:15  Networking with beverages and pre-breakfast capstone class program
    7:40  Warm buffet breakfast
    8:10  Welcome/Program
    9:15  Q&A /Discussion
    9:30  Wrap-up


Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
2201 Fred Taylor Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43210

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Parking is free but you must have a pass which you can download here and place on your dashboard, whether parking across the street or behind the 4-H Center.






OSU students may register for free by selecting the "student scholarship" option on the registration page

For further information about these 2nd Tuesdays Breakfasts or the EPN, please contact Joe Campbell at or 614-634-6363.

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