Many communities across the country are pioneering promising efforts to leverage effective water resource management and infrastructure investment to improve outcomes for vulnerable communities. Promising practices and replicable models are essential in developing more equitable policies. Water utilities, government agencies, community organizations, and private sector actors are deploying a range of approaches, from low-income assistance programs, to workforce development and inclusive contracting, to capital projects that revitalize neighborhoods, to restoring watersheds. There are tremendous examples of how water can build and enrich communities of opportunity. How do we ensure that these promising equity practices flourish, grow, and spread even as committed staff or leadership change within utilities and other government agencies? Two water sector leaders will share their experiences with institutionalizing water equity within utilities and government agencies. In addition, this webinar will feature an introduction to the US Water Alliance’s newly launched Water Equity Clearinghouse, a searchable database of organizations doing important work at the intersection of water and equity.
- Michael Davis, Director, Environmental Justice & Service Equity Division, Seattle Public Utilities
- Juliet Ellis, Assistant General Manager, External Affairs, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Water utilities are seeing an increasing number of requests for installations of onsite reuse systems in their communities. Onsite reuse can effectively augment water supplies, reduce sewer overflows, and help achieve community resiliency and sustainability goals. Yet concerns persist over the role water utilities can take in these initiatives, considerations for social equality issues, as well as how best to permit and operate these systems.