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Water Equity Taskforce Highlights Accomplishments and Looks to the Future at Capstone Exchange in Camden

Kara Butler, Program Associate, US Water Alliance | January 29, 2020

The Water Equity Taskforce’s capstone convening took place last week in Camden, NJ. This gathering of 80 utility, community and environmental nonprofit, city government, and philanthropy partners concluded the Alliance’s two-year collaborative project with seven cities (Atlanta, Buffalo, Camden, Cleveland, Louisville, Milwaukee, and Pittsburgh). City teams shared insights from their partnerships and progress towards building equitable approaches to water management and discussed their commitments and plans for expanding water equity in their cities and throughout the country. | More >

Six Essential Leadership Capacities Report

Katy Lackey, Program Manager, US Water Alliance | January 29, 2020

We All Can Be One Water Leaders. Here’s How. | More >

Water 2020

Katie Henderson, Program Manager, US Water Alliance | January 29, 2020

The Value of Water Campaign is so proud to be a part of an outstanding group of labor unions and associations to host the first-ever convening of presidential candidates to discuss issues surrounding America’s infrastructure. This event has been months in the making, and we couldn’t be more excited to share the news. Gathering all the leading presidential candidates together to hear their plans for America’s infrastructure and ask questions about all the most important challenges facing our pipes, ports, roads, and rails is going to be a great opportunity to put infrastructure – and water infrastructure – in the national spotlight.  | More >

Water Fares Well on the Ballot in 2019 Elections

Scott Berry, Director of Policy and Government Affairs, US Water Alliance | November 22, 2019

After the election on November 5, most of the headlines focused on the Democratic upset in the Kentucky Governor’s race and Virginia creating the first Democratic trifecta in nearly 30 years. Water had a quieter but still very successful election cycle as well. Questions about funding and policy regarding state and local water infrastructure are often put to the voters in the form of ballot initiatives and bond measures, and we’re is proud to report a 100 percent success rate for water on such measures this year! | More >

US Water Alliance and Partners Release "Closing The Water Gap in the United States"

Radhika Fox, CEO, US Water Alliance | November 21, 2019
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I'm proud to share a new report from the US Water Alliance, in partnership with DigDeep and Michigan State University:  Closing the Water Access Gap in the United States: A National Action Plan.
 

JWW members attend One Water Summit, represent New Jersey

Lauren Belsky, Program Coordinator, New Jersey Future | November 8, 2019

September is “back to school” month for kids all across the country. This September, however, was also “back to school” month for the water sector. At the One Water Summit on Sept. 18-20 in Austin, Texas, representatives from all across the country converged to learn more about how to improve water systems, build trust with the community, and value water as a resource. | More >

Raw Talk: One Water Summit Highlights Need for Equity in Billing, Workforce Development

Robert A. Weimar, Executive Director, Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority | November 8, 2019

In recent editions of this column, I have been focused on extoling the ability of the PWSA team to “Get Stuff Done” in our efforts to renew our infrastructure and increase our water distribution capacity. However, we also understand that we must make investments in people by dedicating time and resources to creating an organization that serves our ratepayers and our employees.  | More >

Imagine a Day Without Water 2019

Radhika Fox, CEO, US Water Alliance | October 23, 2019

Today, the Value of Water Campaign is proud to put on the fifth annual Imagine a Day Without Water. A thousand participating organizations have come together today to highlight how water is essential, invaluable, and in dire need of investment. Education and engagement through op-eds, trivia games, artwork contests, in-person events and more will help communicate the value of water to people who usually take water for granted.

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Equity Works: Louisville Leaders create access to opportunities through first-ever Water Equity Roadmap

Victoria Johnson, Water Equity Program Consultant, Jacobs Engineering | June 25, 2019

As water equity and its impact on vulnerable populations gains more national attention, water utilities are in a unique position to become leaders in achieving equity and access in underserved communities. Louisville/Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) has faced this challenge head on by releasing a water equity roadmap titled, An Equitable Water Future: Louisville. With support from the US Water Alliance, the report conducts an in-depth assessment of the equity landscape in Louisville and illustrates how utilities can build equity in Louisville’s infrastructure workforce and contracting practices, so that all residents have an opportunity to enjoy the economic and social benefits resulting from investments in the city’s infrastructure.  | More >

Progress in the Fight for Safe Drinking Water

Steve Fleischli, Senior Director, Water Initiatives, Healthy People & Thriving Communities program, Natural Resources Defense Council | June 18, 2019

California has a drinking water problem. A million people in the state lack consistent access to safe drinking water. Governor Newsom has called it a disgrace. So have many others. Because it is.  | More >