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How Can We Combat Inequity and Promote Resilience? With Water Infrastructure Jobs, Says New Brookings Report

Sarah Huckins, Communication & Policy Intern, US Water Alliance | July 20, 2018

How often do we get a chance to tackle multiple challenges at once? According to a new report from the Brookings Institute’s Metropolitan Policy Program, improving workforce development in the water industry, and across infrastructure sectors broadly, gives us an opportunity to do just that. The report, titled Renewing the Water Workforce: Improving Water Infrastructure and Creating a Pipeline to Opportunity, offers a response to two critical issues that our country needs to address. | More >

Combatting Erratic Water: The Need to Incorporate Advanced Technology in Holistic Water Strategies

Sarah Huckins, Communications & Policy Intern, US Water Alliance | May 31, 2018

On Tuesday, May 30, water leaders convened at the Wilson Center in Washington DC to participate in the fourth and final installation of the Center’s series “Sustainable Water, Resilient Communities.” The previous three sessions focused on the challenges presented by too little watertoo much water, and dirty water. The final panel discussion centered on the challenge of erratic water, as well as the opportunities for developing lasting solutions. John Cook, Climate Change Adaptation Specialist for USAID, emphasized the importance of treating water challenges holistically and the need for sustainable partnerships. These sentiments were echoed throughout the panel, and innovation was highlighted as an integral component of a holistic approach. In addition to being a through line of the presentation, partnership and technology are two elements in the US Water Alliance’s 7 Big Ideas for Water. Panelists reiterated these ideas and discussed the need for existing systems to be flexible and for new, innovative systems to address our domestic and global water crises. | More >

Public Supports Transformation of Water Infrastructure

Travis Loop, Senior Director of Communications, Water Environment Federation | May 17, 2018

It’s that time of year again – Infrastructure Week.

During this national week of education and advocacy, our sector hosts events, give tours of new projects, talks about infrastructure in the media and online, and shows policymakers at all levels of government the support for long-term infrastructure investment. | More >

Highlighting Your Investment in Clean Water

Philadelphia Water Department | May 17, 2018

The sixth-annual Infrastructure Week, a national effort to highlight the importance of maintaining and improving the pipes, treatment plants, roads, bridges, runways, communications systems, and other shared resources that make modern society possible kicked off on Monday, May 14 and runs through May 21. See how Philadelphia Water is participating. | More >

Infrastructure Week. #TimeToBuild For the Future

Gary Naumick, Vice President, Engineering, American Water | May 15, 2018

At the current level of replacement across the US, water pipes will need to last for over 150 years before being replaced.  This is not a sustainable situation.  It’s time for America to take aggressive action backed by transformative investments in order to stop a spiraling state of infrastructure disrepair that is putting our nation’s economic health as well as the safety and wellbeing of our residents at risk. | More >

Infrastructure Week, Infrastructure Strong

John Gonzales, Manager of Communications, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District | May 14, 2018

Some things you have to see to believe. Other things, you see every day and pay them little attention at all. Welcome to the reality of Infrastructure Week.

Every year in the middle of May, trending topics turn an eye towards the unseen often-unappreciated systems that help make the cleaner, faster, functional lives we know possible. From the sewers under your feet to the roads you travel to the network on which you’re reading this post, infrastructure is the backbone of society. | More >

Good Conservation Makes For A Better Brew

Whitney Flanagan and Dagny Leonard, The Conservation Fund | April 27, 2018

With America’s brewery scene rising at a rate of 15 percent per year, it’s undoubtedly an industry worth paying attention to. From large manufacturers to small local brewers in rural areas, there is one key ingredient that can predict the success of operations—clean water! Conservation Fund staffers (and avid beer enjoyers), Whitney Flanagan and Dagny Leonard, explain the Fund’s unique role in ensuring critical land and water resources are protected while supporting entrepreneurs—like brewers—who grow environmentally responsible businesses and create jobs. | More >

On Tap in Washington, April 2018

Scott Berry, Director of Policy and Government Affairs, US Water Alliance | April 26, 2018

The Value of Water Campaign just released its third annual national poll and for the third year in a row Americans resoundingly support investment in water infrastructure. Voters overwhelmingly want the president and Congress to focus on infrastructure, more than any other of the big issues the President campaigned on. That support remains strong for water infrastructure when asked about specifically - more than three-quarters of American voters believe it is extremely or very important for the President and Congress to invest in our water and wastewater infrastructure.  | More >

Recap: Water Week 2018

Emily Simonson, Program Manager, US Water Alliance | April 25, 2018

Coordinated by our water association partners, Water Week 2018 saw hundreds of industry leaders from across the country converge in Washington, DC to educate decision makers about key issues in the sector. At the US Water Alliance, it was a very productive week.  | More >

Four of Five Voters Agree: Now's the Time to Invest in Water Infrastructure

Emily Simonson, Program Manager, US Water Alliance | April 18, 2018

The Value of Water Campaign just released the results from its third annual national poll demonstrating steadfast bipartisan support for water infrastructure, irrespective of the cost. The results are in and 88 percent of Americans voters agree: Water is central to our lives and now is the time to invest in the nation's water infrastructure. | More >