Equity Taskforces Plan a More Equitable Water Future for All

| December 18, 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, all of us here at the US Water Alliance are reflecting on the many accomplishments of the year.

One of the most memorable highlights is the gathering of our six Water Equity Taskforce cities, which takes place three times each year. Over the past 12 months cross-sector groups from Camden, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Louisville, Atlanta, and Buffalo have worked together to create equitable policies in water management within their respective cities. Learn more about what our Taskforce cities are doing.

The Equity Imperative in Climate Resilience

| December 7, 2018

Whether we live on a farm or near a factory, in a coastal or an inland community, in an urban or rural setting, climate change will affect most of us in our lifetimes – if it hasn’t already.  While the conversation is often caveated by the political schism surrounding climate, a recent poll shows the majority of Americans are concerned about climate change and acknowledge its roots in human activity. Regardless of beliefs, we are all going to live with the consequences.

National Focus on Affordability

| November 27, 2018

Affordability of water and wastewater service is an important and growing concern for many communities. The core issue is the balance between ensuring everyone has access to water and wastewater service, and the increasing operations and infrastructure costs facing utilities. Vulnerable populations – including elderly, disabled, and low-income residents – often struggle to pay their water bills. Decisions about water and wastewater infrastructure often rely on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) affordability calculations, which have been criticized as narrow, outdated, and arbitrary. 

The Midterm Elections and Implications for Water Infrastructure

| November 27, 2018

This year’s midterm elections had the highest turnout in a half century, with 49 percent of the population voting for candidates at the national, state, and local level. In the House of Representatives, control flipped with Democrats poised to pick up nearly 40 seats. Although a few races are still uncalled, it looks like this year could be the third largest gain by any party in 40 years. In the Senate, Democrats lost the seats they needed to defend in North Dakota, Florida, Missouri, and Indiana, but they did flip seats in Nevada and Arizona. Although the race in Mississippi is headed to a runoff (where Republicans are favored), it looks like Republicans will finish the cycle with a net gain of two seats.

Parks Seen as Crucial to One Water Strategies

| November 15, 2018

The U.S. Water Alliance is a member-supported national non- profit organization that promotes education and innovation in water management. At its annual One Water Summit this summer in Minneapolis, the Water Alliance hosted a first- ever meeting of park directors and water utility managers from across the country, who hope to work collaboratively to promote water stewardship and sustainable water management.

One Water for a Culture of Health

| November 7, 2018

Water and health are inextricably linked, yet agency leaders, community members, health workers, and other stakeholders often struggle to find common ground on which to build policies and practices that have benefits across sectors.

Cities Seeking Innovation: New Procurement Toolkit Available!

| November 2, 2018

Procurement innovation for cities may sound like an oxymoron, but the topic has gotten national attention in recent years. The processes that cities use to buy everything from office chairs to water treatment plants are increasingly being recognized as a barrier to upgrading aging and failing infrastructure systems and achieving broader climate, equity, and system resilience goals.

On Tap in Washington, October 2018

| October 30, 2018

With the midterm elections looming, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) is likely to be the last major piece of legislation on water infrastructure during this Congress. Historically, WRDA authorized projects and set policies for the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), but recent versions have incorporated more water infrastructure provisions.

New York Times: In Echo of Flint, Mich., Water Crisis Now Hits Newark

By Liz Leyden, New York Times

NEWARK — For nearly a year and a half, top officials in Newark denied that their water system had a widespread lead problem, despite ample evidence that the city was facing a public health crisis that had echoes of the one in Flint, Mich.

Over a thousand organizations ‘Imagine a Day Without Water’

| October 30, 2018

It is hard to imagine modern life without water infrastructure. Think about our neighborhoods, or what it takes to grow our food, or technology we all depend on. Reliable water infrastructure makes it all possible. Yet, policy makers fail to invest in water and wastewater service, leaving them vulnerable to unprecedented challenges. This inaction threatens the country’s ability to thrive in the future. Too often, critical water infrastructure is out of sight and out of mind, taken for granted until something breaks and service is disrupted.