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Lessons from the Top Women Leaders in Water

Danielle Mayorga, Program Manager, US Water Alliance | December 3, 2015

In November, Global Water Intelligence named the top 20 most powerful women in water. The list featured some notable water leaders from around the world, including Melanie Schultz Van Haegen, the Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment; Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency; and, others from international water development, infrastructure finance, and utility management. We were excited to see that so many deserving Value of Water Coalition members made the list including, Susan Story (4), CEO of American Water; Marie-Ange Debon (7), Deputy CEO of Suez; Jacque Hinman (8), CEO of CH2M; and, Cindy Wallis-Lage (10), President of Black & Veatch Water. | More >

Creating a One Water Culture in LA

Heather Repenning, Commissioner, City of LA Board of Public Works | November 24, 2015

As the nation knows all too well, Los Angeles is facing the dual challenges of a historic drought and what is predicted to be a very strong El Nino winter.  In this context, the benefits of stormwater capture are numerous and urgent. By capturing stormwater before it hits our streets, we can prevent it from becoming runoff and carrying dangerous pollutants to our watershed.   We can mitigate the burden that flooding puts on our stormwater and wastewater systems, and increase our local water supply by allowing for reuse and, in some parts of our City, groundwater recharge. | More >

Coming Together to Imagine a Day Without Water

Radhika Fox, CEO, US Water Alliance | November 4, 2015

Earlier this year, the Value of Water Coalition decided to organize an event that every water and wastewater agency and like-minded advocacy group could participate in as a way to raise awareness about the often invisible water infrastructure crisis. We called it Imagine a Day Without Water. | More >

Help Spread the Word: Water is Essential, Reliable and Invaluable

Radhika Fox, CEO, US Water Alliance | October 19, 2015

It’s a simple question: What’s the value of water? The Value of Water Coalition members collaborated to create this toolkit for the water sector to use and engage the public with that very question.

With the toolkit, we’re asking the American public to stop and think for a moment about the true value of water. Not just that water in your glass, or the water in your shower. What about the water firefighters use to save families and homes? Or the water that cleans our clothes and keeps us healthy? The truth is, water touches every part of our life. | More >

Innovating with Nature: CH2M Celebrates 10 Years of Sustainability Reporting

Elisa M. Speranza, Senior VP & Corporate Director, CH2M | July 8, 2015

I love the famous quotation by U.S. naturalist John Muir, who wrote in 1911: "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe." In this time of global economic, environmental, and social transformation, those of us in the business of providing water, wastewater, and stormwater management face many challenges and opportunities, and they are all hitched together. | More >

A Stronger Plan for a Greener DC

George Hawkins, General Manager, DC Water | May 22, 2015

This week marked an important milestone for DC Water, the District of Columbia, and the Clean Water community. On May 20, 2015 I was joined by our partners at the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Mayor of the District of Columbia to announce the completion of the process to modify DC Water’s Long Term Control Plan to enable a significant investment in green infrastructure. | More >

What's the Value of Water? Reflections from Philly During Infrastructure Week 2015

Radhika Fox, CEO, US Water Alliance | May 18, 2015

The Value of Water Coalition’s cross-country tour for Infrastructure Week made its third stop in PhiladelphiaWhat’s the Value of Water? The Pennsylvania Story hosted by the Philadelphia Water, the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, American Water, Value of Water Coalition, along with media host WHYY, Inc.

Philadelphia is one of the nation’s most forward-looking cities when it comes to water, necessitated by the fact that many of its pipes are upwards of 80 years old. Philadelphia Water, which is responsible for providing drinking water, wastewater, and storm water services to 2.3 million people is determined to bring the system into to 21st century. | More >

How Far Cleveland Water Has Come

Radhika Fox, CEO, US Water Alliance | May 15, 2015

In 1969, the water situation in Cleveland was dire. The Cuyahoga River fires made Cleveland the symbol of our nation's environmental woes. Forty-six years after images published by Time magazine and National Geographic of the river ablaze were seared into the nation's collective consciousness, Cleveland should be applauded for the staggering progress you've made.
 
Back then, Cleveland was the poster child for our nation's polluted waterways; now, it is a gleaming example of the positive transformation of a region through clean water investments. | More >

Feds Should Help Us Fix Water Infrastructure

Representative Paul Tonko, D-New York | May 14, 2015

If you live in New York, chances are that you or someone you know was affected by our broken and aging water infrastructure last winter. I live in Amsterdam and represent the Capital Region in the House of Representatives, and during our extended cold weather season I heard countless stories of pipes bursting in Colonie, power outages in Troy, and public service interruptions in Albany – all due to a decades-long habit on a national level of disinvestment and complacency when it comes to maintaining, developing, and improving the way we utilize one of our most important yet basic commodities: water. | More >

The New Wave of Water Innovation

Radhika Fox, CEO, US Water Alliance | May 12, 2015

Infrastructure Week 2015 is underway. From May 11-15, leaders and organizations that care about infrastructure issues will come together to raise awareness about the often neglected pipes, bridges, roads and rails that keep our nation running and give Americans a high quality of life.

But it isn’t all bad news. Infrastructure Week is also an opportunity to spotlight the innovations and technological advancements that are paving the way toward more efficient, more effective, and greener forms of infrastructure. In our new briefing paper we highlight Value of Water Coalition members that are meeting big challenges with innovative solutions. Through capital investments, technological innovations, creative financing tools, and cross-sector partnerships, water leaders are building stronger communities and a stronger America. | More >