Your monthly source for One Water news, events, and updates.
One Water Newsletter: April 2019
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Mount Pleasant Waterworks (SC) 
Serving 38,000 customers, Mount Pleasant Waterworks (MPW) is the water and wastewater utility for the beautiful and expanding coastal locale of Mount Pleasant, SC. MPW currently operates four reverse osmosis treatment facilities and buys wholesale water from Charleston Water System. Governed by five commissioners elected by the public, MPW is dedicated to its mission to provide customers with water and wastewater services of exceptional quality and value, while protecting public health and the environment.  I Read about Mount Pleasant Waterworks here


Wells Branch Municipal Utility District (TX)
Wells Branch Municipal Utility District (WBMUD), regulated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, provides water and waste water services and maintains drainage facilities for Wells Branch by purchasing wholesale water and waste water services from the City of Austin. WBMUD is governed by a five-member board of directors and is dedicated to working in a cost effective and efficient way to support its vision of monitoring, tracking, and ensuring a safe and reliable water supply to safeguard the quality of life in the district. 
US Water Alliance Releases Buffalo Roadmap

Earlier this month, the US Water Alliance released  An Equitable Water Future: Buffalo, the first-ever report on the connections between water management and equity in the city of Buffalo, NY. The report was collaboratively developed by representatives from the Buffalo Sewer Authority, Buffalo Water Board, PUSH Buffalo, the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, the Western New York Environmental Alliance, and Groundworks Buffalo, as part of the Water Equity Taskforce initiative.
 
An Equitable Water Future: Buffalo discusses critical topics in water equity, including affordability, water quality, infrastructure, workforce development, and waterfronts. For each of these topics, the report examines critical challenges, describes promising practices that are currently underway, and highlights priority actions that stakeholders in Buffalo can take to advance equitable water management. I Read the report here

One Water Leadership Insights - with Diane Taniguchi-Dennis

As part of our monthly Leadership Insights  feature , US Water Alliance CEO Radhika Fox sits  down with an Alliance member to learn about their One Water innovations. 

April's installment features a conversation with Diane Taniguchi-Dennis, CEO, Clean Water Services (Hillsboro, OR). Read about her experiences as a community water artisan and her time leading Clean Water Services. I Read the interview here.
Value of Water Campaign Releases Fourth Annual Index Polling

For the past four years, the Value of Water  Campaign has annually polled Americans to better understand their opinions about the state of our nation's water infrastructure and what they view as priorities for action and potential solutions. 

Coinciding with Water Week, the Value of Water Campaign released the results from its fourth annual poll.  The poll found, as in past years, significant bipartisan support for water infrastructure investment. It also found that most voters are willing to pay more for improved water service, but overwhelmingly want the federal government to step up and address the issue.  I Read the Key Findings here


Alliance rolls out State Toolkit

In partnership with the  Council of State Governments  the US Water Alliance released a new One Water for America resource, the  State Policymakers' Toolkit .

The State Policymakers' Toolkit builds on our previous work in the One Water for America Listening Sessions and the Seven Big Ideas for water.  Decision makers and advocates can read about models of successful initiatives and policies from states working towards the goals embodied in the Seven Big Ideas in the State Polymakers' Toolkit. Rather than focusing on specific policy prescriptions, these examples provide inspiration and information to those seeking to generate new solutions that fit local needs.
Infrastructure Week Encourages America to #BuildForTomorrow

Infrastructure Week is a national week of education and advocacy that brings together American businesses, workers, elected leaders, and everyday citizens around the importance of investing in our nation's infrastructure. The message of 2019 is # BuildForTomorrow

Each year during Infrastructure Week, leaders and citizens around America highlight the state of our nation's infrastructure - roads, bridges, rail, ports, airports, water and sewer systems, the energy grid, telecoms, and more - and the projects, technologies, and policies necessary to make America competitive, prosperous, and safe. I Learn more about Infrastructure Week
National Blue Ribbon Commission's Highlights and Accomplishments

potable Water Systems released a summary of the collective highlights and accomplishments for its two-year initiative.  Through peer exchanges, best-in-class reports, and guidance documents the National Blue Ribbon Commission helped localities advance onsite non-potable water systems. In fact, two states that participated in the Commission have passed legislation for o nsite non-potable water systems  in 2018 and three more are introducing legislation in 2019.  I Read the Highlights and Accomplishments here
Webinar Recap:  Spotlighting Innovation in Water Utilities

On April 18th, the Alliance hosted the webinar, " Spotlighting Innovation in Water Utilities" to  show how water utilities are using innovation and technology to advance One Water goals and support local communities. Panelists included leaders from KC Water and the San Antonio Water System who are centering innovation in their work.  I Listen to the recording here
One Water Jobs: Submit Yours Today!

Our  One Water Jobs board allows  Alliance members to post job openings and connect with impressive candidates throughout the country. Current openings include opportunities in Arizona, California, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, and New Jersey. If you have a job opening you'd like us to feature, please email us at  jobs@uswateralliance.org . 

Upcoming One Water Events
  • Infrastructure Week 2019 May 13-20, Across the nation I Learn more here
  • River Rally 2019 June 21-June 24, Cleveland, OH  (Early-bird Registration ENDS 4/30) I Register here
  • One Water Summit 2019 September 18-20, Austin, TX I Register here 
One Water News
  • Alliance member American Rivers released its list of "America's Most Endangered Rivers". I Read here
  • The Washington Post helped spotlight the water crisis in Kentucky, with a look at the high cost of clean drinking water. I Read here
  • Alliance member Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD)'s Executive Director, Kevin Shafer, sat down with Great Lakes Now to discuss his goal of zero sewage overflows by 2035. I Read here
  • A report from the US Geological Survey (USGS) helps break down where the 322 billion gallons of water Americans use each day goes. I Read here
  • A federal judge said that the US government could be sued for the Flint, MI water crisis, opening up the possibility of legal action for local residents. I Read here
  • The US Chamber of Commerce outlined why American businesses need modern water infrastructure. I Read here
  • Water World covered voter support for federal infrastructure from the Value of Water Index polling. I Read here
  • Alliance member Brown and Caldwell highlighted the State Policymaker's Toolkit as one of its featured studies and reports. I Read here 
  • Vox put a spotlight on the "unprecedented" flood season hitting the Midwest. I Read here
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