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Hurricane Florence Spotlights Essential Service Provided by Water Workforce and Infrastructure

Emily Simonson, Program Manager, US Water Alliance | 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.  | More >

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

Zoë Roller, Program Manager, US Water Alliance | 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.  | More >

Lessons from the One Water Summit

Joseph DeAngelis, AICP, Research Associate, American Planning Association | 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.  | More >

One Water Summit: The Water Industry’s Big Game

Jeffrey L. McIntyre Senior Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Division, American Water | 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. | More >

Arts & Culture at One Water Summit

Shanai Matteson, Co-Director, Water Bar & Public Studio | 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. | More >

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 >