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April 2017 News & Updates
April One Water Spotlight: Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans
New Orleans is the third wettest city in the nation, receiving more than five feet of rainfall each year, consistently putting pressure on the city's drainage systems.  In 2014, the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO) implemented the Green Infrastructure Plan, which included funds to build structures on public lands to address this problem in a sustainable way. 

Today, the SWBNO owns and operates 160 miles of covered canals, 100 miles of open canals, 24 drainage pumping stations with 121 pumps that have the capacity of 375,000 gallons per second.  By retaining rainfall where it lands, green infrastructure reduces flooding and improves the quality of surrounding water bodies. Retained water can also recharge the shallow groundwater, helping stabilize the clay and organic soils and reducing subsidence.

In addition to serving as the local host partner for One Water Summit 2017, SWBNO will also host a site visit to one of the drainage pumping sites described in this One Water Spotlight.  | Read More 
Resilient Water Management: Strengthening Communities & Growing Economies
A Congressional Briefing hosted by the Value of Water Campaign, National League of Cities, and World Resources Institute

To celebrate Infrastructure Week, the Value of Water Campaign has teamed up with the National League of Cities and World Resources Institute to host a congressional briefing on resilient water management on Tuesday May 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. This briefing will feature insights from congressional leaders, mayors, utility directors, and business executives on how investing in our nation's water systems can strengthen communities, improve business productivity, and grow economies. Find more information on this event and register here.
Value of Water Campaign Members to Host Infrastructure Week Events Highlighting Need to Invest in Water Infrastructure
Value of Water Campaign members will also be hosting events across the country May 15-19, 2017 to celebrate Infrastructure Week and highlight the importance of our nation's water infrastructure. Below are details of events to date. Keep an eye on the Value of Water Campaign events page as more events are added. 
Water Discovery Day  hosted by Alexandria Renew Enterprises
May 6, 2017 10am-2pm, Alexandria, VA
Join us for a day of family-focused community fun! Drop by to get to know your H2O and meet Alexandria's water transformers. Go behind the water cycle scene at our block party as you explore, learn and create! Register  here.
Great Water Cities Summit 2017: Invest4Resilience hosted by Water Environment Federation

May 15, 2017 - May 16, 2017, New York, NY

Great Water Cities invest to make their communities resilient. The Great Water Cities Summit 2017 - Invest4Resilience, May 15-16, 2017, in New York City, New York, will provide the forum for leaders from Wall Street to Main Streets around the United States and the world to share their vision, experience and expertise in how they are investing in their communities and making them more resilient. They will discuss how investments in physical and financial assets as well as human resources are the key to sustainable growth and a resilient future. Register here.
Recovering Resources, Transforming Water hosted by Metropolitian Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
May 20, 2017 9am-12pm
Join the MWRD for an open house and tour of our water reclamation plants (WRPs) as we celebrate Infrastructure Week (May 15 - 19). Open to all ages. More information and locations here.
Only 9 Weeks Until One Water Summit 2017 

June 27-29, 2017, water leaders from across the country will gather in New Orleans for a thought-provoking and action-oriented national summit on what it will take to secure a sustainable water future for all. One Water Summit 2017 is a unique venue to craft innovative solutions, connect with influential leaders across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, and forge the alliances needed to advance sustainable water solutions. Pre-summit institute and site visit registration is filling fast! Don't miss this opportunity, register today.
Cleveland Water Alliance to host 'Erie Hack' and Innovation Summit May 2-3 

The Cleveland Water Alliance in conjunction with numerous partners from throughout the Lake Erie basin, including NASA Glenn Research Center and the Great Lakes Observing System, will present a first-ever Erie Hack Competition and Water Innovation Summit, May 2-3, at the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland, Ohio.

Erie Hack is a tech-driven international water innovation competition and accelerator program  that will culminate in this two-day summit. The summit will explore the role of new technologies, innovation and collaboration (six cities, two countries) as part of an eco-system approach to generate enduring solutions to Lake Erie's biggest challenges. Participants will present innovative solutions to challenge statements around Lake Erie such as algal blooms and urban pollution. Read more here
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In the News...
  • Aging water infrastructure could cost rate payers billions of dollars  Dayton Daily News | Read More
  • How Mathematicians in Chicago Are Stopping Water Leaks in Syracuse Politico Magazine | Read More 
  • How the Water Industry Learned to Embrace Data Harvard Business Review | Read More
  • Wastewater: The Best Hidden Energy Source You've Never Heard Of World Resources Institute | Read More
  • How a Sewer Will Save St. Louis Politico Magazine | Read More
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In our Blog... 
  • Back to Business: Industry Forges New Solutions Through One Water Management by Suzi Warren, US Water Alliance | Read More
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