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One Water Newsletter: February 2019
Please welcome our newest US Water Alliance members!

Laborers' International Union of North America (LiUNA)
LiUNA is the most progressive, aggressive, and fastest-growing union of construction workers, and one of the most diverse and effective unions representing public service employees. LiUNA members are on the 
forefront of the construction industry - a sector that is a powerhouse of 
12 million workers producing five percent of our countries' economic output. I  Learn more about the Laborer's International Union of North America

Louisville Water Company
Louisville Water Company began operations in 1860 as Kentucky's first public water provider.  Today, it supplies water and fire protection to over one million people in Louisville Metro and parts of Bullitt, Hardin, Nelson, Oldham, Shelby and Spencer counties. Louisville Water Company's water is of such high quality that it is trademarked, Louisville Pure TapĀ®. I Learn more about the Louisville Water Company

New Braunfels Utilities 
New Braunfels Utilities was established in 1942 when the City  Commission of New Braunfels, Texas purchased  the electric transmission and distribution systems  from the Guadalupe Electric Company In 1959, operations of the water and wastewater systems were  transferred to New Braunfels Utilities from the city. The municipal wastewater system contains approximately 427 miles of sanitary sewer lines and is served  by four water reclamation facilities with a  combined  treatment capacity  of 10.9 MGD and 26 lift stations. The New  Braunfels  Utilities vision is to  be recognized as a 
trusted community partner  dedicated  to excellence in  service.


Value of Water Three-Year Progress Report

Three years ago, top leaders in the water industry came together to establish a shared vision for how
to better communicate the value of water and the infrastructure that brings it to and from homes and businesses. Utilities, engineering companies, and policy groups set a big, audacious goal: launch a disciplined and sustained educational effort to build the public and political will to dramatically increase investment in our nation's aging and failing water infrastructure. Read our three-year progress report on all of the incredible work the Value of Water Campaign has accomplished so far, and what is on deck for the future. I Read the Report

US Water Alliance, NEORSD, and Cleveland Water Featured on NPR's All Things Considered 
American Public Media spent several months producing a story about  water affordability  issues, the cost of rebuilding and repairing water systems, and the resulting rising water rates. In February, NPR's All Things Considered aired a story about why rates are rising in several cities and the impacts for customers. US Water Alliance CEO Radhika Fox, as well as Alliance members Cleveland Water and NEORSD, are featured in the story. I  Listen Here
Value of Water Campaign Cited in House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Testimony

As part of a February 7th House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee  hearing, Angela Lee, the  Director of Charlotte Water, testified on behalf of the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA). In her oral testimony, Lee quoted both the Value of Water's figures on the decline of federal funding in water infrastructure over time ( The Economic Benefits of Investing in Water Infrastructure ) and polling figures on public support for water  infrastructure investment  ( Third Annual Value  of Water Index ).  I Watch here
 
New Alliance Report and Guiding Principles Offer Common-Ground Framing on Utility Consolidation

In 2018, the US Water Alliance hosted a leadership dialogue on a tough issue: water utility consolidation. Consolidation is one of many tools communities can consider to tackle water challenges efficiently and at scale. At the dialogue, leaders from diverse perspectives shared information, discussed historic perspectives, and identified a lane of agreement others can build from. Last week, the Alliance released  Guiding Principles for Utility Consolidation  based on that discussion. These principles are guideposts for community and utility leaders kickstarting dialogue on the prospect of consolidating water services. The Alliance's new report,  Utility Strengthening through Consolidation: A Briefing Paper , is a companion piece documenting the principles and providing context on the issue. 

Washington on Tap:  EPA Releases Action Plan for PFAS as States Grapple with Testing and Cleanup

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in response to extensive public interest and input, recently issued its first-ever comprehensive   Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Action Plan . The plan outlines steps the agency is taking to address PFAS - chemicals that are important ingredients in making products such as Teflon or Scotchgard and that are also found in some blends of fire suppression foam. I  Read more


Webinar Recap: Productive Agriculture-Municipal Partnerships

On February 20th, the Alliance hosted the webinar, "Productive Agriculture-Municipal Partnerships" to show how a One Water approach can help the agriculture sector meet the growing demand for food, increase farmer profitability, protect the environment and public health. Panelists shared their perspectives on promoting collaborative water quality solutions and advancing innovative funding models at the local level. | View the webinar slides here
From the One Water Blog
  • Building the Will to Invest in Water by Radhika Fox, CEO, US Water Alliance I Read here
  • Surge Tank Mural Adds to the Cleveland Skyline and Art Scene by Cleveland Water I Read 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. If you have a job opening you'd like us to feature, please email us at  jobs@uswateralliance.org . 

Upcoming One Water Events
  • Water Week 2019 March 31st - April 6th, Washington DC I Learn more here
  • Infrastructure Week 2019 May 13th - 20th, Across the nation I Learn more here
  • River Rally 2019 June 21st - June 24th, Cleveland, OH I Register here
One Water News
  • Looking to the future, the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority is renegotiating a cooperation agreement with the City of Pittsburgh as the utility strives for more proactive changes in its operations. | Read here
  • Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien featured an interview with DigDeep founder George McGraw that highlighted national water access and contamination challenges across the nation. I Watch here
  • As two water infrastructure bills have been introduced in the West Virginia State Senate, West Virginia Public Broadcasting sheds light on the day-to-day water challenges experienced across the southern part of the state. I Listen here
  • In an effort to improve the government response to environmental crises, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is replacing the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality with the new Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. I Read here
  • A column on NoLa.com spotlighted the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board new direction with water infrastructure projects and services. I Read here
  • In addition to releasing a Clean Water Investment Report, the state of Vermont launched the Clean Water Project Dashboard, a site where Vermonters can track the development of water quality projects. I Read here
  • Scientific American argues that governments and NGOs should measure water security across the country, defined as "problems with the quantity, quality or reliability of water." I Read here
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