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International Water & Climate Forum Reveals Key Points to Advance Climate Resilience in Water

Diane VanDe Hei, Executive Director, Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies | March 31, 2016

In December 2015, the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, American Water Works Association, Water Research Foundation, and other water associations hosted an International Water & Climate Forum to discuss how to take adaptation and mitigation strategies in the water sector to the next level. Reflecting on the presentations and discussions from the summit, we identify these key themes for advancing climate adaptation and mitigation in the water sector.  | More >

Throwing Off the Cloak of Invisibility

Karen Pallansch, CEO, Alexandria Renew Enterprises | March 16, 2016

Each day Alexandria Renew Enterprises (AlexRenew) transforms about 35 million gallons of wastewater into clean water, energy, and soil amendment products. Despite the services we provide, water utilities like AlexRenew are 99% invisible to the public. Now, a new series of projects is enabling us to throw off the cloak of invisibility. | More >

On World Plumbing Day 2016, Our Responsibility to Assure Safe Water is More Important Than Ever

Barbara Higgens, Executive Director and CEO, Plumbing Manufacturers International | March 9, 2016

As we celebrate World Plumbing Day on March 11, we cannot take the safety of our water systems for granted. Building more sustainable water systems with the best intentions can still result in unintended consequences if proper precautions are not taken. It’s the duty of those of us in the plumbing and water industries to make sure the potential consequences of change are thoroughly explored before going down the path unknown.

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Informing our Work: What the Value of Water National Poll Means for the Water Industry

Danielle Mayorga, US Water Alliance | March 3, 2016

Last week, the Value of Water Coalition released the findings of a national poll on public attitudes about water and it couldn’t be more timely. How can industry leaders use these findings to guide our collective efforts to move the nation to value water and invest in it? | More >

Urban & Agriculture Come Together for Healthy Watersheds in Iowa

Roger Wolf, Iowa Soybean Association | March 2, 2016

In Iowa, "One Water" means bringing together urban and agricultural leaders in innovative partnerships to address water quality and watershed health. These partnerships are blazing a new path for sustainable water management in the breadbasket of America.  | More >

Guiding Principles for Securing our Water Future

The Value of Water Coalition | February 4, 2016

The crisis in Flint, MI is a stark reminder of the essential value of water and the urgent need to invest in water infrastructure -- now, and for future generations. The Value of Water Coalition presents three guiding principles for securing a safe, reliable water future. | More >

A Shared Committment to Safe, Reliable Water Service

Radhika Fox, CEO, US Water Alliance | February 4, 2016

In light of the current water crisis in Flint, MI, the US Water Alliance joins with other water associations in a shared committment to advancing water infrastructure in America and ensuring safe, reliable water service for all. | More >

Sometimes Progress Starts with Getting a Low Grade

George Hawkins, General Manager, DC Water | January 27, 2016

A C+ grade, not once but twice! What parent would be happy with that outcome? Yet, I am not talking about grades in school. I am referring to the recently released report card by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) scoring the infrastructure of Washington, DC. Drinking water infrastructure: C+. Sewer infrastructure: C+. | More >

Powering the Wastewater Renaissance: How to Upgrade an Industry & Cut Emissions in Half at Neutral to Negative Cost

Patrick Decker, President and CEO, Xylem Inc. | January 20, 2016

The water and wastewater sector is no stranger to the impacts of climate change. Across our industry, companies are actively investing in climate adaptation solutions to make our critical water infrastructure more resilient to drought, rising sea levels, extreme storms, and other climate-related challenges. One opportunity of significant untapped potential is the industry’s ability to invest in energy-efficiency upgrades that also help to abate harmful emissions. Our latest research confirms that solutions already exist to make a difference today – and the economic and environmental implications are compelling. | More >

Kansas City’s focus on customers and data getting results

Kip Peterson, Communications Manager, KC Water | January 14, 2016

Over the past four years, KC Water has undergone a gradual yet noticeable transformation from a sluggish municipal department, to a customer-focused and data-driven public utility.  As water and wastewater rates have risen to pay for much-needed and long-overdue infrastructure improvements, customers in turn have justifiably expected a bigger return on their investment – primarily in the level of customer service they receive.      | More >