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Welles Discusses Lessons of Cape Town’s Water Crisis in Environmental Leader

March 06, 2018

O’Melveny’s Heather Welles was quoted in a March 6, 2018, article in Environmental Leader about the issues businesses face and the steps they can take when it comes to water shortages like the one in Cape Town, South Africa.

“Organizations can invest in learning about their own water use and identifying opportunities to save water, such as instituting best practices for employees who use water or incorporating water efficiency into purchasing decisions,” she told the publication. “Much of our water infrastructure is old and in need of significant upgrades. For instance, the EPA in 2017 estimated that more than $655 billion in investment over the next 20 years will be needed for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure across the United States. And that figure does not even include replacing lead pipes like those implicated in the Flint, Michigan drinking water disaster. The federal government is not prepared to meet these needs, and private investment will likely be critical.”

Based in Los Angeles, Welles is an associate who represents clients in complex litigation and transactions and provides regulatory and strategic advice, with a particular focus on water, land use, and public policy issues.