Your monthly source for One Water news, events, and updates.
One Water Newsletter: October 2019
Please welcome our newest US Water Alliance members!

Milwaukee Water Works
Milwaukee Water Works (MWW) provides high-quality drinking water to more than 860,000 people in 16 communities in Wisconsin. MWW continuously conducts water quality monitoring from the lake source water to the distribution system of almost 2,000 miles of water mains that carry over 100 million gallons of treated water every day. The utility is recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its collaboration with health and environmental agencies to monitor and respond to public health issues. I   Learn more about Milwaukee Water Works

National Wildlife Federation 
The National Wildlife Federation, America's largest conservation organization, works across the country to help Americans from all walks of life in giving wildlife a voice. The non-profit has been on the front lines for wildlife since 1936, fighting for the conservation values that are woven into the fabric of the nation's collective heritage. The National Wildlife Federation has been on the ground in seven regions across the country, collaborating with 52 state and territory affiliates to reverse extinction crises and ensure wildlife thrive.  I Learn more about the National Wildlife Federation
Listen to Imagine a Day Without Water Podcast Interviews

The Value of Water Campaign released a series of podcast interviews with water sector leaders talking about what water means to their communities.  Xylem's Al Cho , KC Water's Brooke Givens , Black & Veatch's Cindy Wallis-Lage , NEORSD's Constance Haqq , Seattle Public Utilities' Mami Hara , Jacobs' Peter Nicol, and Atlanta Department of Watershed's Kishia Powell all shared what Imagine a Day Without Water meant to them.  I Listen to all the interviews here
One Water Leadership Insights - with David Gadis, DC Water

As part of the ongoing  Leadership Insights series, US Water Alliance CEO Radhika Fox spoke with David Gadis, the General Manager and CEO of DC Water about what the One Water movement means to him. 

A team captain on the court while playing college basketball, David brings a sportsmanship mentality to his One Water work, emphasizing that the whole DC Water team is building a sustainable water future together.  
Read the interview here
Alliance Member WSSC - A Champion for Affordability!

The US Water Alliance congratulates the Washington Suburban Sanitation Commission (WSSC) for its leadership on equity and affordability. The largest utility in the state of Maryland, WSSC employees established the Water Fund in 1994 to help residents experiencing financial hardship pay their water and sewer bills. US Water Alliance CEO Radhika Fox-along with Ben Cardin, US Senator, State of Maryland, Katrina Metzler with the National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition, and Kelly Caplan with Washington Gas, were celebrated as champions for equity and affordability at the annual Blue Tie Ball, which raises funds for the Water Fund. Thank you WSSC for your leadership!
One Water, One Watershed: Agriculture-Municipal Water Partnerships in Action

Thirty innovative thought leaders and practitioners from rural and urban communities gathered from October 27-29 at the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread in Racine, WI to explore how we can accelerate agriculture-municipal water partnerships. The convening was hosted by the US Water Alliance in partnership with support from  The Johnson Foundation and McKnight Foundation. Across the nation, partnerships between farmers and water/wastewater utilities are helping to secure our nation's water and food future. Partnerships have developed organically in Oregon, Iowa, Wisconsin, Kansas, New York, and provide a critical path for addressing pressing water challenges such as in-stream temperatures, flood mitigation, source water protection, and contaminant removal. The convening considered how to scale this promising approach, untangle the conditions necessary to enable successful partnerships, and fully realize the financial, environmental, and social benefits. The US Water Alliance will publish findings from the convening in the Spring of 2020. Stay tuned!
Alliance Staff Contributes to American Society of Civil Engineers Journal

This week, US Water Alliance Program Manager Katy Lackey - in partnership with representatives from the National Water Research Institute (NWRI),  Colorado State University, and  San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) - published an article in a special edition of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)'s latest   Journal of Sustainable Water in the Built Environment. 

The article, "Decentralized Water Reuse: Implementing and Regulating Onsite Nonpotable Water Systems," synthesizes the changing landscape of onsite reuse (ONWS) at the building to district scale. Many of the recent advancements in this space have been driven by the National Blue Ribbon Commission, including several US Water Alliance members such as SFPUC, Seattle Public Utilities, and Denver Water. This work is grounded in state-of-the-art research from The Water Research Foundation, NWRI, and others, demonstrating the value of sound science and collaboration in advancing One Water.
Troubled Water by Seth M. Siegel

This month, New York Times bestelling author, Seth M. Siegel's newest work, Troubled Water: What's Wrong with What We Drink hit bookshelves. Water stakeholders have praised Siegel's work. Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois described the book as having "the potential to spark a citizen's awakening and with it a demand for better quality drinking water." I Learn more about Troubled Water here 
Upcoming One Water Events
  • One Water Leadership Institute: Strategic Communications (Members Only) Nov. 7-8, San Jose, CA I Learn more
One Water News and Resources
  • Educational water podcast, The Water Values, interviewed Tony Parrott & Sharise Horne of the Louisville MSD and used the Alliance's equity task-force roadmap, An Equitable Water Future: Louisville, as a lesson on water equity. I Listen here
  • The Texas Living Waters Project released a report on ensuring that One Water delivers for healthy waterways I Read here
  • In the wake of a new seal-level rise prediction, the San Francisco Chronicle published one reporter's experience walking around the Bay City's landmarks that may be underwater in the future. I Read here
  • The Dallas Morning News featured Radhika Fox of the US Water Alliance and Emily Warren of the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation's commentary on One Water in Texas. I Read here
  • Alliance member Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority's work with the EPA and Allegheny County Sanitary Authority to mitigate flooding through green infrastructure projects was highlighted as an "innovative solution." I Read here 
From the One Water Blog
  • Imagine a Day Without Water 2019 by Radhika Fox, US Water Alliance and Value of Water Campaign I Read here