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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 >

One Water in action: Austin Central Library uses rainwater to flush toilets

Jennifer Walker, Senior Program Manager for Water Programs, National Wildlife Federation | June 3, 2019

The Austin Central Library in Austin, Texas has gotten its fair share of hype – so much hype, in fact, that it was included on the Time’s 2018 list of the World’s 100 Greatest Places. And while its rooftop garden, Tetris-like stairways, elevated walkways and collection of 500,000 books are certainly awe-worthy, it’s something else entirely that has our attention. | More >

New Jersey Offers Two Model Tools for Municipalities Interested in Green Infrastructure

Ed DiFiglia, Program Manager, Jersey Water Works | May 22, 2019

The need for greater familiarity with green infrastructure as a tool to manage stormwater has never been greater in New Jersey. The increased frequency and severity of rainstorms in the state, and the flooding and polluted runoff they bring, are making comprehensive, innovative, 21st-century stormwater management strategies a necessity. And in December 2018, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection issued draft revisions to its rules for stormwater management. These updated rules move green infrastructure to the forefront by requiring its use as the preferred strategy for managing stormwater in new development and redevelopment projects. While the rules won’t be finalized until December 2019, smart municipalities are getting ready now. | More >

Happy Infrastructure Week!

Hampton Roads Sanitation District | May 20, 2019

May 13th through 20th is National Infrastructure Week. As your local wastewater agency, HRSD is responsible for conveying and treating about 150 million gallons of wastewater from 18 communities in Southeastern Virginia every day. This effort is highly dependent on infrastructure although much of it is out of sight. In fact, wastewater infrastructure often goes unnoticed because most of it is located underground. The wastewater we send down our sinks, tubs and toilets disappears without much effort on our part, so it’s easy to overlook the intricate infrastructure needed to get the job done. HRSD operates and maintain more than 500 miles of pipes below the surface that carry wastewater away from homes and businesses to the 16 wastewater treatment plants we operate in the region. HRSD uses the fees paid by local ratepayers to make major investments in the collection and treatment of sewer infrastructure in our region. | More >

Denver’s ‘green’ water utility

Todd Hartman, Denver Water | May 17, 2019

About this time every year, many of us reflect a little harder on the need to care for the environment and, perhaps, promise to take an extra step or two to do the right thing by our little blue planet. | More >

Resilience Means Going Beyond Recovery

Emily Simonson, Senior Manager, Strategy and Special Projects, US Water Alliance | May 17, 2019

Becoming climate resilient is about so much more than recovering from or preparing for the latest natural disaster. No doubt about it, devastating events like Hurricane Harvey reignite public fervor to push for funding and programs to build more resilient communities. Pundits and policymakers alike clamber to understand who needs emergency relief, how and when the community can rebuild, how everyone should prepare for the next storm, and the associated price tag of these efforts.  | More >

What investing in water infrastructure does for a community

Abigail Gardner, Communications Director, US Water Alliance | May 16, 2019

Infrastructure Week sat down with leaders in the water sector to understand what investing in water infrastructure specifically can do for a community. We heard about two very different takes on the multiple benefits and return on investment from two different utility heads: Karen Pallansch, CEO of AlexRenew and Tony Parrott, Executive Director, Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District.  | More >

Let’s #BuildForTomorrow Starting Now

David Choate, American Water | May 15, 2019

People are talking about infrastructure more frequently—certainly more often than just a single week out of the year. Peruse our Water Street archives, listen to our Wavelengths podcast series or visit one of our sites—there’s no escaping conversations on water infrastructure. This topic has also become a staple in economic and political news, classroom discussions, community planning and so on. Moreover, once initiatives such as Infrastructure Week got off the ground, the conversations started to be paired with action. Communities, governments, advocates and activists are not just talking but doing something to bring attention to the issue, garner support for critical funding and support communities in short- and long-term plans to repair and replace aging infrastructure. Again, all of this demonstrates that the initiatives are working.  | More >

Infrastructure Week 2019: Value of Water Supporter Activity Round-Up

Kristen Asato-Webb, Program Manager, US Water Alliance | May 14, 2019

Infrastructure isn’t just a week for our supporters. They are busy on the front lines every day managing, improving, and caring for our reservoirs, treatment plants, and pipelines to bring valuable resources and services to our communities, which are often overlooked and taken for granted. But, Infrastructure Week is certainly their week to shine! | More >