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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 >

Infrastructure Week 2019: Water’s Important Role

Kristen Asato-Webb, Program Manager, US Water Alliance | May 13, 2019

As advocates and activists arrive in Washington, DC for the seventh annual Infrastructure Week, flying from airports and riding in on rails and roads, it is important to remember why water matters. | More >

Bourbon's best friend

Louisville Water | March 4, 2019

What began as a chance meeting over a water tasting at a Kentucky Distillers Association conference in the spring of 2018 culminated this month at the opening of Michter’s new Fort Nelson Distillery. Visitors saw a Louisville Water display incorporated into the visitor’s center. | More >

Washington on Tap: EPA Releases Action Plan for PFAS as States Grapple with Testing and Cleanup

Scott Berry, Director of Policy and Government Affairs, US Water Alliance | February 25, 2019

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in response to extensive public interest and input, recently issued its first-ever comprehensive Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Action Plan. The plan outlines steps the agency is taking to address PFAS – chemicals that are important ingredients in making products such as Teflon or Scotchgard and that are also found in some blends of fire suppression foam. | More >

Consolidation is a real option for many small systems–if it’s their decision

Matt Holmes, Deputy CEO, National Rural Water Association | February 19, 2019

Last summer, I was fortunate to be able to participate in a dialogue examining Utility Strengthening Through Consolidation. The US Water Alliance brought together industry leaders for an important discussion in a historic setting at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge outside of San Francisco, California.  | More >

Building the Will to Invest in Water

Radhika Fox, CEO, US Water Alliance | February 8, 2019

Three years ago, top leaders in the water industry came together to establish a shared vision for how the sector could better communicate the value of water. Utilities, engineering companies, and policy groups set a big, audacious goal: launch a disciplined and sustained educational effort to build the public and political will to dramatically increase investment in our nation’s aging and failing water infrastructure. The campaign would align everyone who has a stake in our nation’s water future to make progress together. | More >