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May 2017 News & Updates
May One Water Spotlight:  Detroit Water and Sewerage Department

When Beverly Walker's finances took an unanticipated tumble after a serious illness, she faced escalating medical expenses on top of her household expenses, including her water bill. A recent widow, Walker's anxiety grew as she considered how to resolve a $600 past due water bill with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) on her limited income. Thanks to the Water Residential Assistance Program (WRAP), nowadays when Walker opens her water bill, she's no longer anxious about making her payment. 

Beverly Walker is one of the more than 5,850 Detroiters who have been enrolled in WRAP, an innovative payment assistance plan that helps low-income residents pay their water bills. With a 40 percent poverty rate in Detroit, the program addresses an acute need in the City of Detroit. With a 40 percent poverty rate in Detroit, the program addresses an acute need in the City of Detroit. For Walker, who has been on the program since last March, WRAP brought welcome relief. "I'm not sure how I would have managed my water bill without WRAP," said Walker.  | Read More 
Value of Water Campaign Poll Finds Americans Want Federal Action on Infrastructure More Than Any Other Issue, Especially Water Infrastructure 

Last week, the Value of Water Campaign kicked off Infrastructure Week 2017 by releasing  a new poll, which found that two thirds of Americans want Congress and the Trump Administration to focus on infrastructure investment. No other issue that is on the agenda for federal policymakers has nearly as much broad and bipartisan support.

Eighty-two percent of respondents said rebuilding water infrastructure is extremely or very important. These opinions were widely shared across all demographic, geographic, and political sub-groups. In fact, across the political spectrum, overwhelming majorities believe that rebuilding our water infrastructure is extremely or very important, including 79 percent of Republicans, 82 percent of independents, and 85 percent of Democrats. Read the full results here.
Value of Water Campaign Webinar: The Economic Opportunity of Investing in Water Infrastructure

May 31, 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST 

In March, the Value of Water Campaign released a new report on Capitol Hill evaluating the economic benefits of investing in water infrastructure. Join us for a webinar presentation of this powerful report analysis.

Communities across the United States rely on an aging system of water pipes and over 156,000 public water systems that each serve at least 25 people per day. It's estimated that a water main breaks every two minutes across the nation - wreaking havoc for homes and businesses. Manufacturing revenues alone are found to decline by an average of 20 percent due to a disruption in water service.

The report finds that if we close the investment gap for water infrastructure, there is a ripple effect of sustained job creation, GDP growth, resulting in over $220 billion in total annual economic activity to the country. A one-day disruption in water service represents loss of $43.5 billion in sales and $22.5 billion in GDP. Join us for this webinar that will dive into the benefits of investing in water infrastructure, from job creation to sparking economic activity across the country. Read the full report here.
Speakers include:

Rick Callender, Chief of External Affairs, Santa Clara Valley Water District

Alexander Quinn, Director of Sustainable Economics, Hatch

Only 4 Weeks Until One Water Summit 2017 

One Water Summit 2017 is just about one month away! June 27-29, 2017, water leaders from across the country will gather in New Orleans for a thought-provoking and action-oriented national summit on what it will take to secure a sustainable water future for all. One Water Summit 2017 is a unique venue to craft innovative solutions, connect with influential leaders across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, and forge the alliances needed to advance sustainable water solutions. Space is filling up fast, don't miss out! Register today!.
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In the News...
  • As green infrastructure pioneers, Philadelphia is primed for workforce development Brookings | Read More
  • Prioritizing investment in water infrastructure The Hill | Read More  
  • From toilet water to tap water? Minnesota officials consider future of wastewater reuse Minneapolis Star Tribune | Read More
  • San Diego will drink water recycled from sewage. Cheers. San Diego Union-Tribune | Read More 
  • America's Water Infrastructure Is Falling Apart MTV | Read More 
  • America Has A Water Crisis No One is Talking About Vox | Read More 
  • Governors Concentrate on Water Conservation, Quality National Governors Association | Read More
In our Blog... 
  • Not Your Mother's Wastewater Treatment Plant by Sarah Crawford, HRSD | Read More
  • A #TimetoBuild and a Time to Invest by Michael Deane, National Association of Water Companies | Read More
  • One Water Roadmap in Action on California's Central Coast by Radhika Fox, US Water Alliance, | Read More
  • The most important factor in ensuring a sustainable water future for all? It may not be what you think. by Elisa Speranza, US Water Alliance | Read More