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

Evoqua Water Technologies is a global leader in helping municipalities and industrial customers protect and improve the world's most fundamental natural resource: water. Evoqua's cost-effective and reliable treatment systems and services ensure uninterrupted quantity and quality of water, enable regulatory and environmental compliance, increase efficiency through water reuse, and prepare customers for next-generation demands.

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades
IUPAT represents a growing force of over 160,000 active and retired men and women in the United States and Canada.  IUPAT members' skills are in high demand at every construction project in North America.  Recognized as one of the most active unions in the labor movement, IUPAT members help shape their communities in many ways: through an abiding commitment to service, by fighting passionately for workers' rights that benefit all working families, and through effective and aggressive political mobilization.

One Water Spotlight: Seattle Public Utilities
Publicly owned and managed by Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), tucked up against the crest of the snowy Cascade Mountains, the Cedar River Watershed is almost twice the size of the city of Seattle.  With replenished snowmelt and rain, the Cedar River Watershed provides about 70 percent of the drinking water to the 1.4 million people in the greater Seattle area. The land and water inside the watersheds are free of agricultural, industrial, residential and recreational use. Because contaminants have little chance to enter these sources, Seattle's water sources have higher quality than most other cities. SPU's focus on water source protection is a key factor that permits the utility to be one of only a handful of large drinking water systems in the US to be granted the "Limited Alternative to Filtration" classification since 2004 for its Cedar supply. New York, San Francisco, Boston, Portland and Seattle's Cedar supply are the only large surface water systems in the US that remain unfiltered. Among these systems, only Seattle has the regulatory designation of LAF.  | Read more
New Equitable Water Future Report Released at Great Lakes Day in Washington, DC
For Great Lakes Day on March 6, the US Water Alliance released An Equitable Water Future: Opportunities for the Great Lakes Region at a congressional briefing co-hosted with the Northeast-Midwest Institute. M oderated by Radhika Fox, the panel featured speakers SeMia Bray, Director, Emerald Cities Cleveland;  Kevin Shafer, Executive Director, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District;  Josina Morita, Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago; and  Elizabeth Cisar, Senior Program Officer for the Environment Program, Joyce Foundation.
With support from the Joyce Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the new report provides an action-oriented framework for all stakeholders to understand their role in making our water systems more inclusive.  Building on our national water equity briefing paper , this report takes an in-depth look at the Great Lakes, a region with abundant water assets that also faces serious equity challenges including failing infrastructure, the impacts of a changing climate, lead in water, affordability, workforce inclusion, and more. 
Making the Utility Case for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems
This week, the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems released its latest report, Making the Utility Case for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems. The National Blue Ribbon Commission, convened by the US Water Alliance and the Water Research Foundation, is comprised of 35 public health and water leaders from 11 states and the District of Columbia committed to advancing the best management practices that support the use of onsite non-potable water systems in individual levels or at the local scale. Recognizing that the support and collaboration from drinking water and wastewater utilities is essential to the success of these system, the commission developed this report to inspire One Water leaders to consider this important and effective strategy in their long-term water resource and resilience planning. The report highlights how utilities and others are using onsite non-potable water systems to meet their One Water goals, presents key considerations for implementation, and outlines the role of utility leadership in deploying these systems.  | Read the report here
Register today for One Water Summit 2018
Only 14 weeks until One Water Summit, July 10-12 in the Twin Cities, MN -- Register today!  Early bird registration closes April 15.
On Tap in Washington
Scott Berry, Director of Policy and Government Affairs, US Water Alliance
As Congress and the Administration struggle to close the book on funding for the fiscal year that began in October 2017, water infrastructure funding appears to have come out on top. After several extensions and a government shutdown, funding for Fiscal Year 2018 has finally been settled. Despite decreases or outright cuts to main federal water infrastructure programs in the President's Budget as well as the House appropriations bills, and stable funding in the Senate appropriations bills, water infrastructure funding increased in the FY18 Omnibus package. | Read more
Member Corner: Highlighting Our Members' One Water  Achievements
  • New Jersey Future released the report Our Water Transformed: An Action Agenda for New Jersey's Water Infrastructure, which offers an in-depth understanding of the state's water infrastructure and the context for improvement, provides clarity on how Jersey Water Works has brought so many stakeholders together to effect change, and outlines a consensus-based "action agenda" with three practical solutions.
In our Blog
  • An Equitable Water Future: Opportunities for the Great Lakes Region by the Elizabeth Cisar, Joyce Foundation| Read more
  • Getting the Job Done with Public and Private Partners by Suzi Warren, US Water Alliance| Read more
  • US Water Alliance Joins Great Lakes One Water Partnership by Emily Simonson, US Water AllianceRead more
  • Reaching Affordability Through Community Partnerships by Suzi Warren, US Water Alliance| Read more
Upcoming One Water Events
In the News
  • US Water Alliance members and Board of Directors Chair Kevin Shafer featured in Engineering News-Record article Water Tunnel Business 'Exploding' as Technology Reduces Risk and Cost | Read more
  • DC Water and National Green Infrastructure Certification Program mentioned in A program that builds green infrastructure in the D.C. area sustains the environment, local workforce article from The Washington Post | Read more
  • Great Lakes Day congressional briefing featured in  Duluth News Tribune article  Great Lakes coalition descends on D.C.  | Read more  
  • Interview with Radhika Fox on federal investment in the Great Lakes region and new report An Equitable Water Future: Opportunities for the Great Lakes Region on Great Lakes Now Detroit Public TV | Read more
  • Radhika Fox discusses new Great Lakes report and partnership with PUSH Buffalo and Buffalo Sewer Authority in Buffalo's 'PUSH Blue' eco-landscaping work cited as model for Great Lakes | Read here