May 16 – 23, 2016

The Value of Water Coalition is proud to be part of the leadership team for the fourth annual Infrastructure Week, which will happen nationwide from May 16 – 23, 2016. Infrastructure Week is a nonpartisan, coordinated week of events and programming across the country that brings together hundreds of organizations across infrastructure sectors, think tanks, elected officials, policy advocates, and more, to elevate Americans’ understanding of the role infrastructure-from passenger and freight transportation to water, electricity and broadband networks-plays in their lives and the need for investment.

The Value of Water Coalition Local Innovators Tour
To celebrate and spotlight innovative solutions to the nation’s water infrastructure crisis, members of the Value of Water Coalition are hosting a Local Innovators Tour across the country during Infrastructure Week. Participating cities will tell the story about why water infrastructure matters to their people, their economy, and their communities and show how they are leading the way in revitalizing their infrastructure and securing a more sustainable water future.

Wednesday May 11 – 12pm
City Club of Cleveland Presents: Someone Forgot to Pay America’s Water Infrastructure Bill”
Cleveland, OH

As part of a year-long series on water issues, join us for a discussion with Greg DiLoreto, P.E., P.LS., D. WRE, past president of ASCE and chair of their 2017 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, on the state of America’s water infrastructure crisis and solutions to bring our cities into the 21st century.

Monday, May 16 – Friday, May 20
Sewer U & Exclusive Infrastructure Tours 

Cleveland, Ohio
A series of events hosted by Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District includes an up close and personal sewer walk for media, green infrastructure tour for elected officials and social/traditional media, and “Sewer U” seminar series open to the general public.

Monday, May 16 through Friday, May 20
Virtual Tour of Virginia Initiative Plant Nutrient Reduction Improvement Project
Norfolk, Virginia
HRSD takes you on a virtual tour of a $156 million project to upgrade its Virginia Initiative Plant (VIP) in Norfolk, VA by enhancing its ability to remove nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) from wastewater, increasing the hydraulic capacity so the plant can treat additional flows during storms, and replacing aging equipment to improve operations. See how this VIP project will protect public health, improve water quality, enhance reliable wastewater treatment and provide jobs for contractors and their suppliers.

Monday, May 16 – 11am-12pm
Bridge Street Pump Station Groundbreaking Ceremony
Hampton, Virginia

Join HRSD as they break ground for a new sanitary sewer pump station, which will replace the facility built in 1945.  This project will improve system operation, increase capacity and enhance HRSD’s ability to protect public health and the environment for decades to come. Special guests include the Honorable George Wallace, Mayor of the City of Hampton, and the Honorable Molly Joseph Ward, Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources.

Tuesday, May 17 – 11am
The City of Camden and American Water: A Public-Private Partnership to Improve Water and Wastewater Services
Camden, New Jersey
Press event hosted by American Water and the City of Camden to announce a major milestone in a public-private partnership to improve water and wastewater services, and provide workforce training and skill development in the community. Featured Guest Speakers include Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd, Sharon Cameron, President of American Water Enterprises, and others.

Tuesday, May 17 – 11:30am-2:30pm and Thursday, May 19 – 10:30am-1pm
AlexRenew Innovation Tours
Alexandria, Virginia

Exclusive behind-the-scenes tour for press and elected officials of how Alexandria Renew Enterprises transforms 13 billion gallons of wastewater each year into reclaimed water, clean energy and nutrient-rich soil amendment. The tour will also preview the new LEED Platinum Environmental Center and innovative nutrient management facility and adjacent athletic field, the only one of its kind in the country.

Saturday, May 21 – 9am-Noon
Recovering Resources, Transforming Water

Chicago, Illinois
A day of open houses is scheduled at six of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago’s (MWRD) six water treatment plants across the Chicago region. The MWRD will be offering visitors an exclusive look at its plant operations and also promoting stormwater management practices by giving away hundreds of free potted oak tree saplings to restore the region’s depleted canopy and help reduce flooding.