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February 2018 News & Updates
Welcome to our newest US Water Alliance member: Pentair

Pentair designs, manufactures, markets, and services innovative water solutions for the toughest filtration, separation, flow and water management challenges in agriculture, aquaculture, food service, food and beverage processing, swimming pools, water supply and disposal, and a variety of industrial applications.
One Water Spotlight: How KC Water Uses Data to Improve Kansas City, Missouri's Water Infrastructure
Kansas City experienced 1,844 water main breaks in 2012--an all-time record, and an average of just over five per day.  KC Water's customers were frustrated with service disruptions, and KC Water's leadership was concerned about the integrity of the system. To help solve this problem, KC Water hired local engineering firm Black & Veatch, who analyzed and mapped the entire water distribution system--identifying over 70,900 individual line segments.  Prioritizing water main replacements enabled KC Water to implement a data-driven strategy aimed at first tackling the worst of the worst water mains. In 2017, KC Water celebrated the installation of the 100th mile of new water main under this program and the number of water main breaks has declined 60 percent since 2012. KC Water successfully increased the integrity of their system while saving over $21.6 million in potential repairs since 2012. | Read more
Registration Opens for One Water Summit 2018
Convened by the US Water Alliance, One Water Summit 2018 brings together hundreds of leaders from across the country to network, engage in thought-provoking dialogue, share best practices, set strategic priorities, amplify great ideas, and take actionable ideas back home.  One Water Summit 2018 will be hosted in the Twin Cities, MN from July 10-12.  Many thanks to  our sponsors and to  the Metropolitan Council for serving as our local host partner Register  by April 15 to receive the early bird discounted rate.  We hope you will join us!
ArtPlace America and US Water Alliance Partner to Deploy Arts and Cultural Strategies in the Water Sector
ArtPlace America and the US Water Alliance launched a partnership  that will bring together water experts and arts and cultural leaders to foster collaboration on our nation's thorniest water challenges. Both ArtPlace and the Alliance share the conviction that arts and culture strategies have the power to transform the way the nation views, values, and manages water. Through this partnership, the organizations will catalog the best and brightest models and partnerships that are utilizing arts and culture to advance sustainable, integrated, and equitable water management in America. The organizations will develop an action-oriented blueprint for integrating arts and culture into water management, complete with in-depth case studies, which will be released at the One Water Summit 2018 in the Twin Cities, July 10-12.  This new partnership will be guided by a 21-member advisory group of experts from local governments, water utilities, artists, cultural organizations, and conservation groups. | Read the press release
Just Two Weeks Left! Apply for the 2018 US Water Prize Today
Awarded on an annual basis, the US Water Prize celebrates outstanding achievement in the advancement of sustainable, integrated, and inclusive solutions to our nation's water challenges. It is the preeminent national recognition program for exemplary efforts to secure a sustainable water future for all.

There are six US Water Prize categories for 2018:  
  • Organization: Public Sector
  • Organization: Private Sector
  • Organization: Nonprofit
  • Organization: Cross-sector Partnership or Coalition
  • Individual: Outstanding Journalism on the Value of Water
  • Individual: Outstanding Public Official
Nominations are due March 8, 2018 at 8:00pm EST.  Apply here
On Tap in Washington - February
The President laid out key markers this month for his plan on infrastructure. Over the last few weeks, the State of the Union, the President's Budget for Fiscal Year 2019, and the President's Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America each addressed the critical issue of infrastructure. | Read more
In our Blog...
  • Harnessing the Power of Arts to Secure Our Water Future by Radhika Fox, US Water Alliance| Read More
  • Regional Advancements in Watershed Management by Suzi Warren, US Water Alliance| Read more
  • Agriculture Allies: How Agriculture-Utility Partnerships Build One Water Outcomes by Suzi Warren, US Water Alliance| Read more
  • Trumpeting a Solution for the Mammoth Flushable Wipe Problem by the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority Read more
  • Federal, State, and Local Perspectives: Sustaining Water Infrastructure Funding by Suzi Warren, US Water AllianceRead more
Upcoming One Water Events...
In the News...
  • National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems featured in Architect Magazine article On the Progress and Promise of Water Reuse | Read more
  • Interview with Radhika Fox on One Water for American Listening Sessions and Policy Framework in Water DeeplySeven Ideas for Fixing Water in the United States  | Read more  
  • Radio interview with Radhika Fox on One Water for America Policy Framework on KJZZ 91.5: Water Infrastructure On The Local And National Level | Read more
  • Alliance member Louisville/Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District's Executive Director Tony Parrott featured in Water Environment Federation's Words On Water podcast | Listen here