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January 2018 News & Updates
Welcome to our newest US Water Alliance members!

Central Arkansas Water
Central Arkansas Water is a publicly-owned metropolitan water system. It recently completed more than $20 million in treatment plant improvements, which have enhanced the water treatment process, optimized facility operations, increased treatment capacity from 124 million gallons per day to 157 million, and enhanced pumping capabilities, all without a rate adjustment. Central Arkansas Water serves a population of approximately 450,000. 


EJ Water Cooperative, Inc.
The EJ Water Cooperative, Inc. is a public water utility dedicated to helping grow families, businesses
 and small communities, particularly by bringing water to the most underserved people. Located in the small village of Dieterich, Illinois, EJ Water is one of the fastest-growing water systems in Illinois, with over 2,000 miles of water mains serving over 10,000 members across several counties. EJ works closely with USDA Rural Development and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) as its main funding source. 


Clean Water Construction Coalition 
The Clean Water Construction Coalition is a national organization of construction associations whose
purpose is to promote federal legislation that improves water and wastewater infrastructure on a national level.  Formed in 2005, the Clean Water Construction Coalition is currently comprised of 27 dedicated state associations representing 11,000 member firms, and is provided additional support by 10 organizational partners. 

Join Our One Water for America Listening Session Webinars
Webinar 2 - Ag/Utility Partnerships
January 31, 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

When it comes to improving water quality and conservation, one topic drives more interest and engagement than almost anything else: building partnerships between water providers and the agricultural sector. Agriculture is a crucial keystone of our society, but is also one of the greatest contributors to water pollution. Agriculture and land management present the best opportunities to protect water quality, preserve ecosystems, and safeguard our drinking water supplies. By developing and implementing best practices that balance conservation with productivity, we can greatly improve the quality of our surface and groundwater resources. Register here .

Speakers:
  • Mark Jockers, Government and Public Affairs Manager, Clean Water Services
  • Steve Hershner, Utilities Director, City of Cedar Rapids
  • Kristi Heffelmeier, Farmer,  Middle Cedar Watershed
  • Jason Gomes, Owner, Big Wave Agricultural Services


Webinar 3 - Infrastructure Funding
February 7, 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

Capital needs are growing all the time to meet the challenges of water system development
and renewal, regulatory compliance, lead service line removal, and climate change adaptation. Those needs are compounded by the rising costs of day-to-day utility operations. Over the last 40 years, the federal gov ernment has reduced its share of capital spending on water infrastructure from 63 percent to just nine percent. A resurgence in federal funding for water is unlikely, so our focus must be on fully representing the cost of water management, improving the cost-effectiveness of water services, and continuing to educate the public on our infrastructure needs. 
Register here .


Speakers:
  • Cynthia Pratt, Deputy Mayor, Lacey, Washington and Chair of the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee, National League of Cities
  • Francine Durso, Senior Project Manager, Department of Environmental Quality, State of North Carolina
  • Nathan Gardner-Andrews,  Chief Advocacy Officer, National Association of Clean Water Agencies 

Three US Water Alliance members named Global Water Leaders!

Three US Water Alliance members, were recently recognized among the top 25 Global Water Leaders by WWi, Water and Wastewater International. Our heartfelt congratulations go out to Kevin Shafer, Executive Director, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District ; Cindy Wallis-Lage, President, Water Business, Black & Veatch; and Patrick Decker , CEO, Xylem. 
Check out the US Water Alliance 2017 Annual Report

Thanks to the strength of our members and our partners, the US Water Alliance made great progress in 2017 on some of the nation's most pressing water challenges. Read about our strategic initiatives on critical issues including equity in water, onsite reuse, and nutrient reduction in our just released 2017 Annual Report. We also continued to shape how the nation views and values water through the Value of Water Campaign, and its advocacy projects like Imagine a Day Without Water. Finally, learn what is  on tap for our 2018!
Save the Dates for 2018
Before your 2018 calendar fills up, save some of these important 2018 dates now! 
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