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August 2017 News & Updates
August 2017 One Water Spotlight: Boston Water and Sewer Commission 
Boston's 400th birthday is coming up in 2030, and the city is undergoing an amazing renaissance. It is no coincidence that the Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC)--which just turned 40--was born around the same time the old town began taking on new life. 
Ever since, BWSC has consistently delivered high quality water and efficient sewer services to a revived city hosting over a million residents and guests daily. Notably, it has done so by running a tight ship fiscally, giving BWSC the opportunity to innovate.

Over the past 40 years, BWSC has been a leader in investment in leak detection programs, replacing lead water lines, and environmental protection. Most recently, the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) has catapulted the agency into the 21st century, BWSC has made the One Water approach a priority. From 2017 through 2019, BWSC will allocate at least $206.4 million for system enhancement and sustainability projects. BWSC will fund replacement and rehabilitation of water mains, sewer infrastructure improvements, stormwater management, and other basic and innovative initiatives. Read More
Imagine a Day Without Water Resources Are Now Available 
Do you want to participate in Imagine a Day Without Water but don't know how to get started? We created resources to help your organization plan an event and spread the word about the value of water and the need to invest in our nation's water infrastructure. Check out a few of them below:
  • Five Ways to Participate: five ideas for participation in the day of advocacy and action, including some examples of how they have been successfully done in the past.
  • Press release template: fill out this template press release and send it to local media to spread the word about your event and the water issues facing your community.
  • Blog/op-ed template: a sample blog or op-ed to post on your website or submit to a local publication.
  • Video: share our video that highlights the importance of our water infrastructure and why our policymakers need to prioritize reinvestment.
  • And more to come! Keep an eye on our website for social media graphics and other ways to help you plan a great event.

Join Our Upcoming Webinars
Imagine a Day Without Water 2017: Participate, Engage, and Raise Awareness
August 31, 2017, 1pm-2pm ET

Imagine a Day Without Water is the third annual day of action, urging organizations across the country to engage and educate their communities about the state of our nation's infrastructure and the need for reinvestment. Will you join the effort to raise awareness about the value of our water and wastewater systems? In this informative webinar, hosted by the Water Environment Federation and  the Value of Water Campaign, we will walk you through the various ways your organization can participate in this national effort. The webinar will include an overview of available resources, campaign messaging, and examples of what organizations have done in the past. 
Taking the Long View: Asset Management for Water Systems
September 6, 2017, 1pm-2pm ET
For many water utilities, a key part of managing system sustainability is thinking long-term and taking stock of how assets will hold up over time. With miles of pipes below ground and critical storage, treatment, and pumping assets above ground, getting a handle on the condition of these systems is often easier said than done. Learn how leading utilities and cities are using sophisticated asset management practices and a risk-based approach to help address the issues of evolving regulatory requirements, growing populations, demand for improved service and reliability - all while simultaneously addressing the challenges of water scarcity, a highly variable climate, aging infrastructure, and limited state and federal funding.
Speakers include:
Dave Sklar, Water and Utilities Asset Management Leader, WSP
Patrick Beane, Asset Manager, Johnson County Wastewater
Alliance Members Featured at Greater & Greener 2017
Earlier this month, US Water Alliance CEO Radhika Fox moderated a plenary session at Greater & Greener2017, an international urban parks conference hosted by City Parks Alliance. The session explored the opportunities for partnerships between water and parks leaders to advance One Water management. Radhika was joined by US Water Alliance Board Chair Kevin Shafer of Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, Adel Hagekhalil of LA Sanitation, Mami Hara of Seattle Public Utilities, and Allegra "Happy" Haynes of Denver Parks and Recreation, who shared best practices for integrated land and water resource management at achieve multiple goals. 

Greater & Greener 2017 brought together over 1,000 diverse stakeholders, including urban park leaders, city planning and design professionals, public officials, and others for dynamic, cross-sector discussions about issues, challenges, and opportunities facing today's urban parks. View the presentation here
In our Blog... 
  • VIDEO BLOG: Kansas City businesses and groups can't "Imagine a Day Without Water" by Brooke Givens, KC Water | Read More
  • One Water Delegation Finds Insights, Inspiration for New Jersey by Chris Sturm and Emily Eckart, New Jersey Future | Read More
  • 5 Ways to Participate in Imagine a Day Without Water (and ideas to get you started) by Danielle Mayorga, the Value of Water Campaign | Read More 
Upcoming One Water Events...
In the News...
  • Pooponomics: Book on Sewer Issues Coming from Former Mayor WTSP | Read More
  • Public invited to celebration that will mark Water Department's centennial Fort Worth Star-Telegram | Read More
  • Metropolitan Milwaukee Sewerage District Leads the Way in Green Infrastructure by Shepherd Express | Read More
  • The One Water Vision: a Movement Toward Equitable Water Management Urban Waters Learning Network | Read More
  • US Water Alliance Honors Organizations Water Tech Online | Read More
  • Artist Dispatch from One Water Summit, New Orleans Artplace America | Read More
  • Why NJ Utilities Lose 130 Million Gallons of Drinking Water a Day NJ1015 | Read More
  • Wisconsin city partners with farmers to reduce nutrient water pollution  New Orleans Times-Picayune |  Read More