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Xylem – Value of Water

Xylem, a global water technology company, has released their 2012 Value of Water Index and Report, and included a great presentation to display findings, based on a nation-wide poll of American voters about what they believe should be done in response to the country’s water crisis and who should pay for it. The study found that three out of four participants were concerned about water infrastructure and 88 percent of the respondents believe that the water infrastructure in America needs reform. While 85 percent of those surveyed believe the government should invest money in upgrading our water infrastructure, they split almost evenly when asked what level of government should be in charge of the upgrades: local/municipal government-39 percent, state government-27 […]

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Importance of Water to the United States Economy Symposium The U.S. EPA is conducting a study on the importance of water in the U.S. economy to better understand how water contributes to the economic welfare of the nation and plays a critical role in many sectors of the U.S. economy. On December 4, EPA and American University will host a public symposium in Washington, D.C. with speakers that represent a diverse array of industries including agriculture, food and beverage production, manufacturing, recreation, tourism and fishing. EPA will also release a draft report on the importance of water to the U.S. economy. To register to attend the symposium, click here. Additionally, EPA held a workshop on September 19, in Washington, D.C. […]

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Grumbles Testifies on Innovative Approaches for Financing Infrastructure

(Washington, D.C.) U.S. Water Alliance President Ben Grumbles testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today on how to better enable local communities to finance wastewater and drinking water facilities mandated by state and federal environmental laws and regulations.  “We urgently need water innovation and collaboration, not only to sharpen and polish existing tools, but also to forge new tools for communities and ecosystems,” explained Grumbles.  He outlined four core principles in detail: valuing water to support people and systems; partnering between public and private; greening infrastructure and recovering resources; and, connecting infrastructure, watersheds and sustainability through a “one water” management philosophy. Grumbles offered specific comments on federal funding tools and strategies.  While not taking a specific position on […]

ITT Value of Water Survey

ITT’s Value of Water Survey Reveals America is Ready to Fix Infrastructure

ITT Corporation recently published the results of its Value of Water Survey, a nationwide poll that included registered voters and industrial and agricultural businesses, which measured how the public values water and their level of awareness of the nation’s aging water infrastructure. The results show that a majority of the American public desires reform and is willing to pay more now to ensure that they have access to clean water in the generations to come. ITT’s survey revealed that 63 percent of all American voters are willing to pay an average of 11 percent more on their water bill each month to help ensure continued access to a reliable and consistent supply of clean water. When applied across all American […]

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National Dialogue Report: What’s Water Worth? Released

The U.S. Water Alliance is pleased to announce the release of its second National Dialogue summary report entitled What’s Water Worth? The report summarizes the National Dialogue held in Washington, D.C. on March 25-26, 2010. With featured speakers Robert Glennon and Nancy Stoner, the National Dialogue focused on how water is valued in the United States from multiple perspectives including energy, agricultural, ecological, municipal, and industrial. The report is a compilation of the thoughts and ideas of 42 of the nation’s leading experts in water policy, including representatives from state water authorities, Capitol Hill, the federal government, municipal water and wastewater agencies, engineering firms, academia, energy, industry, green infrastructure interests, agriculture, and conservation. Participants engaged in a wide ranging discussion […]

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Circle of Blue Compares Water Rates

In a survey conducted in 2009, Circle of Blue studied the relationship between water prices and consumptive rates in 30 metropolitan regions across the United States. The data used comes from the 20 largest cities according to 2000 U.S. Census data and 10 regionally representative cities. The study found that though water use declined in most cities, there were some informative differences in water consumption patterns between cities. Results revealed that some of the driest areas with the lowest precipitation patterns had the lowest water prices and the highest rates of consumption. This is relevant in the Southwest, particularly in Southern California, where cities battle rain scarcity. Rates of consumption in these areas are significantly higher despite rain-fall shortages. Circle […]

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Alliance’s National Dialogue: A Huge Success!

The U.S. Water Alliance (Alliance) convened its second National Dialogue entitled What’s Water Worth (W3)?TM last week, bringing together over 100 experts and observers from energy, conservation, agriculture, water practitioners, academia, and federal, state, and local officials to explore the value of water. (Participant List). Sponsored by Black & Veatch, CDM, Insituform Technologies, and Greeley & Hansen, the invitation-only event took place in Washington, DC on March 25-26. Highlights of the National Dialogue included a captivating keynote address by Robert Glennon, author of Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What To Do About It, an informative speech by Nancy Stoner, Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water at EPA, and a diverse panel of speakers who decried how water is […]

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Author Robert Glennon Headlines Alliance’s National Dialogue

The U.S. Water Alliance (Alliance) is excited to announce that Robert Glennon, author of recently published Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What to Do About It, will be the keynote speaker on the value of water at our National Dialogue What’s Water Worth (W3)?. Black & Veatch, CDM, and Insituform Technologies are sponsoring the event, which will take place in Washington D.C. on March 25-26, 2010. Glennon, a University of Arizona professor of law and public policy, writes with authority, passion, and humor about the way Americans use their water. Unquenchable is a sequel to Glennon’s 2002 book, Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America’s Fresh Waters. In both books, Glennon argues that water is wasted and undervalued […]

CBS: Where America Stands on Water

Great overview on how America values water with an interview of Pat Mulroy, General Manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority and Board Member of the U.S. Water Alliance.

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