Imagine a Day Without Water—and the next day and the next day and …

| October 10, 2018

Wednesday, Oct. 10, marks the Value of Water Campaign’s fourth annual Imagine a Day Without Water, which has gained momentum each year. At its core, the campaign calls on people to achieve a deeper understanding of the immense impact water makes on our health, economy and lives—every minute of every day. It also asks us to take some type of action, whether it’s implementing steps to conserve water at home and relieve stress on pipes, or contacting a local legislator requesting increased infrastructure funding. It’s these steps that will help move society forward and prevent a worst-case scenario of a future without water for our communities. (For more ideas on this last part, check out these 7 ways to participate in Imagine a Day Without Water.)

Imagine A Day Without Water

| October 10, 2018

If you’re like the vast majority of Americans, you’ve probably never had to imagine a day without water.  We take water, and our daily tasks and conveniences made by possible by water, for granted.  A cup of coffee, a shower, the toilet, a load of laundry, a cold beer.  None would be possible without water.

Hurricane Florence Spotlights Essential Service Provided by Water Workforce and Infrastructure

| September 24, 2018

Last Tuesday, with Hurricane Florence barreling towards the Carolinas and southern Virginia, I spoke to a room full of water and wastewater utility operators about the need for them to shake off the sector’s “silent service” culture and embrace a new identity as proud and vocal stewards of public health and safety. 

Connecting the Dots at the American Planning Association’s Water and Planning Connect

| September 21, 2018

Water sector professionals and land use planners are natural allies: both are accustomed to thinking long-term, considering resource limitations, and doing the behind-the-scenes work that keep our cities and systems running. The American Planning Association (APA)’s Water and Planning Connect conference creates a space for new collaborations and conversations to take place. 

Lessons from the One Water Summit

| September 12, 2018

Water lies at the heart of the complex web of ecological processes that define not jus the patterns of human settlement, but all plant and animal life. It is a system that sustains and defines who we are and how we live. 

One Water Summit: The Water Industry’s Big Game

| September 4, 2018

Last week, I had a great experience while walking into the 2018 US Water Alliance One Water Summit held in Minneapolis. As co-presenter for a discussion addressing “Utility Strengthening Through Cooperation,” I focused on the benefits of regionalization and examples of how it became available, as well as the speed bumps associated with it. It was awesome to experience the sheer number of people who weren’t only present at the summit but also eager to hear every insight that was shared, to consider every idea put on the table, to delve deeply into the myriad topics discussed and to be part of the solution, moving us toward the vision of one sustainable water future for all.

Arts & Culture at One Water Summit

| August 22, 2018

Just over a month ago, the One Water Summit came to our hometown of Minneapolis. This national conference, organized by the nonprofit US Water Alliance, brought together 900 water leaders from across sector and geography to learn and connect for a more sustainable, inclusive and integrated water future. After attending the 2017 One Water Summit in New Orleans, it was our turn to elevate some of the great work happening here in Minnesota, and we were thrilled to have many opportunities to do so through the Summit and affiliated activities.