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

Cleveland Water 
Cleveland Water is the largest supplier of safe, quality water in Northeast Ohio. Founded in 1856, Cleveland Water maintains 5,300 miles of water mains across 80 communities, drawing surface water from Lake Erie to serve its 1.4 million customers. Over the past 30 years, Cleveland Water has invested more than $1.7 billion to modernize its treatment plants and distribution system. |  Learn more about Cleveland Water Authority


City of Des Moines Dept. of Public Works
The City of Des Moines Department of Public Works provides  day-
to-day maintenance of  infrastructure services, including  enterprise sewer mainten ance and facility operation, levee  reconstruction, sanitation,  street maintenance, city storm and sanitary sewer operations, and emergency response for snow and ice,  flood mitigation, and wind storm  mitigation. I Learn more about the City of Des Moines Dept. of Public Works


Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority
Formally incorporated in 1984, the Pittsburgh Water  & Sewer Authority provides quality water and additional  services to approximately 83,000 customers  throughout  the City of  Pittsburgh. PWSA's vision is to provide  water and  wastewater services that meet or exceed all  regulations  and customer expectations I Learn more about Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority

2018 Year In Review

As we kick off 2019, we wanted to reflect on the past year of One Water work and the amazing accomplishments of our partners. Take a peek at some of the highlights of 2018, from the One Water Summit to the Water Equity Taskforces, and much more. Your partnership and support will be what makes 2019 the biggest year for One Water yet! I Check out our Year in Review Site here





Federal Government Shutdown and Impacts on Water Programs

Shutdown Notice:
Federal water infrastructure funding programs may be affected by the ongoing partial government shutdown. Some programs may be impacted more than others, but both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Agriculture are part of the shutdown. Deadlines remain in place unless otherwise noted but many programs are furloughed and delays may be experienced.  
Book Highlight: Life After Carbon


Peter Plastrik and John Cleveland's new book, " Life after Carbon: The Next Global Transformation of Cities" examines cities reinventing themselves to combat climate change. In an excerpt published in Next City, Plastrik and Cleveland highlight cities where "renaturing" in built areas are making urban areas environmentally sustainable. One highlighted city, Washington DC, invested in large green infrastructure projects to increase drainage capacity during rainstorms and reduce stormwater runoff. While water management practices are nothing new, green infrastructure projects like those in DC are improving water quality and mitigating costs like never before. I Read the excerpt here
Webinar Recap: Utility Strengthening Through Consolidation 

On January 16th, the Alliance hosted the webinar " Utility Strengthening Through Consolidation"  to learn how different communities have taken on principled consolidation efforts to achieve goals.  Panelists from different utilities shared their perspectives on bringing stakeholders together and enabling conditions for One Water success.  Listen to the Webinar recording here

Coming Soon: One Water Jobs

As we "level-up" our national One Water network-building function in 2019, we're adding a new  One Water Jobs  feature to our monthly newsletter and website. Through  One Water Jobs , Alliance members will have the opportunity 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 . 

Call to Action: Televise "Water from the Wilderness"

The 2018 documentary,  Water from the Wilderness: Hetchy Hetch to San Francisco Bay,  h as been accepted for national distribution by the National Educational Television Association (NETA) to public TV stations nationwide. This documentary focuses on San Francisco's water systems in the age of climate change. The film is currently on PBS's Passport App, available to donating members. To maximize viewing, the Alliance encourages you to contact your local PBS station and request that this important film be televised on local PBS stations. 
One Water Blog and Upcoming One Water Events
  • One Water Webinar: Building Productive Agriculture-Municipal Utility Partnerships on February 20th, 2:00pm ET I Register here
  • River Rally 2019 June 21st - June 24th, Cleveland, OH I Register here
  • Valuing Water through Art: Imagine a Day Student Artwork Gallery by Sarah Huckins, Program Associate, US Water Alliance I Read here
One Water News
  • As part of a new rate structuring, the Buffalo Water Board teamed up with the US Water Alliance to develop an income-based affordability program to address equity in water service payments. I Read here
  • The historically-long federal government shutdown has brought many government payments to a halt, including the water bill to  DC Water I Read here
  • The Alliance's work with DigDeep and Michigan State University on a  "hotspot study" for water and sanitation challenges across the nation was featured in the Detroit Free Press. I Read here
  • Even as buildings continue to go up, the annual water use in Madison, WI dropped by a billion gallons in just six years. I Read here
  • Looking for ways to help low-income households with drinking water costs,  California could be the first state to implement a water bill assistance program. I Read here
  • The Washington Post spotlighted communities forced to confront unregulated chemicals in drinking water sources. I Read here
  • According to the Anchorage Water and Waste Water Utility, Anchorage, Alaska's water infrastructure fared well against the 7.0 magnitude earthquake, citing disaster preparedness for municipal water systems. I Read here
  • According to a new Harvard School of Public Health study, 44% of schools' drinking water tested (in 24 states) had one or more water samples with a lead concentration level at or exceeding the state's action level. I Read here
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