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Over 80% of Americans Believe Securing Sustainable Water Supplies to Be a National Priority: Poll Results

Radhika Fox, CEO, US Water Alliance | May 8, 2015

This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of The Value of Water Coalition between April 9 and April 13, 2015 among 2,023 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. Highlights from the survey include: 

Many Americans are currently living with epic drought conditions. How important is it for local water providers, as well as state and federal government, to invest in strategies and programs that help develop sustainable water supplies? | More >

The Water Energy Nexus: Benefits & Innovations

Aldie Warnock, Senior Vice President External Affair, Communications, & Public Policy, American Water | April 22, 2015

This Earth Day, let’s celebrate our most precious natural resource—water. It’s essential not only for our daily lives, but also for energy security and environmental sustainability.

Here’s why: It takes an abundance of water to produce energy. And it takes lots of energy to provide clean water and wastewater services. The interdependence of water and energy, known as the water-energy nexus, provides many opportunities for efficiencies, cost savings, and a healthier, more sustainable planet. At American Water, we’re pursuing these opportunities and working with customers, partners, and policymakers to create innovative solutions. | More >

We Are the Masters of Our Own Fate

Ken Kirk, Executive Director, National Association of Clean Water Agencies | April 15, 2015

The political landscape here in DC is increasingly contentious and it is harder than ever to get the attention of our national leaders. For example, when it comes to water we are told that Congress focuses so much effort on the Waters of the US rule because the stakeholders opposing the rule are a far squeakier wheel. How can our sector’s issues compete?  How can we be a more effective squeaky wheel? | More >

Celebrating Water Sustainability

G. Tracy Mehan III, Interim-President, U.S. Water Alliance | April 14, 2015

This year the US Water Alliance is awarding the 2015 US Water Prize to three outstanding organizations for their outstanding work in promoting the value of water and demonstrating the power of innovation and an integrated approach to “One Water,” i.e., sustainable water management which encompasses the entire water cycle as well as its life cycle from the nation’s headwaters to treatment and reuse.  The event will be held at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. on April 13th.  Many of the steering committee members of the Value of Water Coalition, as well as director Radhika Fox, will be in attendance. | More >

Your Dinner Plate is Covered with Water

Keith Zukowski, Value of Water Coalition | April 8, 2015

Steak, brocolli, tomatoes and potatoes. You've got your proteins, your veggies, your fruit and your starches. You also have a plate full of water. When chowing down on our dinner it's rare that we consider how much water it took to produce that food. But the reality is that in California, the infamously water-strapped state, agriculture uses 80% of the state's supply. Keeping the doctor away? That apple will require 19 gallons of water to produce. That glass of wine you're drinking? 32 gallons. And that delicios steak was produced using 1,230 gallons of water.  | More >

Thinking Outside the Box about Water

Eileen O'Neill, Executive Director, Water Environment Federation | April 7, 2015

Accelerated innovation in water technologies and approaches; increased collaboration with traditional and non-traditional partners; and the transformation of wastewater treatment from waste disposal to resource recovery are all contributing to a new and exciting paradigm for water. By capturing valuable resources and useful products for society—such as clean renewable energy, recycled water, fertilizer, nutrients, heat, and even transportation fuel—water utilities are rapidly becoming manufacturing facilities, “green factories,” and “Utilities of the Future” that work to reduce costs and increase revenue while sustaining and improving the world’s increasingly challenged water resources. | More >

Water Reuse: Policy and Potential

Diane VanDe Hei, Executive Director, Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies | April 1, 2015

When water utility executives get together to discuss issues of concern in the industry, adequate and sustainable future supply is always high on the list.  Recently there is a growing interest in potable reuse projects, as they hold an additional alternative for diversifying the portfolio of water sources for America’s water systems. | More >

Making the Business Case for Water

Radhika Fox, CEO, US Water Alliance | March 31, 2015

Value of Water Coalition steering committee member Veolia’s Senior Vice President for Sustainability and Public Affairs of North America, Edwin Piñero, recently spoke at the City Club of Cleveland regarding business and the value of water. Ed noted that demand for water continues to increase as populations grow and sectors like energy and agriculture require massive water use to operate. How we value water - as a sophisticated service that is highly technical, heavily engineered, and capital-intensive- will determine water’s future. | More >

How Do We Value Water?

Keith Zukowski, Value of Water Coalition | March 30, 2015

With drought in the Western states expected to reach more dire levels this year, now more than ever we need to consider how we value and price water. In the most recent The Atlantic, “Finding the Right Price for Water” Bourree Lam investigates the disconnect between water’s status as an essential resource and its pricing that is largely commensurate with an expendable good. The piece takes a timely look at water as it pertains to the classic supply/demand curve. | More >

SF Sewers Rap Video: You Can’t Live a Day Without Me!

Harlan Kelly, General Manager, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission | March 27, 2015

As general manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, I’m always looking for new ways to make visible what’s our largely invisible water and wastewater infrastructure.

This week the SFPUC released “You Can’t Live A Day Without Me”, a rap song about the City’s aging sewer system. The video was filmed and edited by San Francisco’s youth through BAYCAT, a local non-profit empowering underserved City youth through digital media training. | More >