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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 >

One Water, One Future

Radhika Fox, CEO, US Water Alliance | January 14, 2016

At the US Water Alliance, we are driving a One Water approach. What is “one water”? Our planet has a finite amount of available fresh water. Water is an essential resource that moves through a cycle of use and reuse in watersheds around the world. Wherever it is in this cycle, water has value. The one water approach views all water – drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, greywater and more – as resources that must be managed holistically and sustainably. | More >

The Unsung Heroes of Holiday Revelry

Dr. Mark LeChevallier, American Water | January 14, 2016

‘Tis the season for house guests and party after party… for letting loose and enjoying the spirit of goodwill, joy and peace. It’s a time for bountiful feasts, traditional sweets and, perhaps, a tad too much “good cheer” as society observes the holiday and rings in the New Year.

Fortunately for the average individual, the major party days and nights are followed by a day off, or at least a later start time and “slow work day.” But not so for the teams at the wastewater treatment plants – the unsung heroes of holiday revelry aftermath!

If you think about what goes down your sink and garbage disposals after a holiday gathering, that alone is enough to understand why wastewater plants and workers are in overdrive the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. | More >

Inspiring art through innovation: Chicago’s phosphorus recovery yields engaging public art

Commissioner Debra Shore, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago | December 9, 2015

Consider phosphorus. It’s the 11th most abundant element on Earth, absolutely essential for human survival because plants need it to grow. But the amount of accessible phosphorus is limited and there are no substitutes. When we run out of phosphorus, we run out of food. Yikes!

Phosphorus in streams and rivers is harmful – a form of pollution – because it causes algae to grow, which sucks up oxygen leaving little for aquatic life. Phosphorus on farm fields and lawns is vital. | More >

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 >