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October 2017 News & Updates
Welcome to the US Water Alliance, Austin Water, Austin Watershed Protection Department, and Marana Water Department! 
We are thrilled to announce that  Austin Water Austin Watershed Protection Department, and  Marana Water District have joined the US Water Alliance!

Austin Water has been committed to providing safe, reliable, high quality, and sustainable services to Austin, TX for over 100 years. Check out their website to download the mobile app and stay up to date on water news for the area. 

Austin Watershed Protection Department protects the lives, property, and environment of the Austin, TX community by reducing the impact of floods, erosion, and water pollution. Check out their many programs and educational resources here

Marana Water District provides water services to over 6,500 customers in the Town of Marana, Arizona. In 2010, Marana Water District released a Potable Water Master Plan to chart a path for the department's water resource and infrastructure needs as it grows. 

Welcome, Austin Water,  Austin Watershed Protection Department, and Marana Water District! 
750 Organizations Join Imagine A Day Without Water
On October 12, 2017, 750 organizations joined the Value of Water Campaign for the third annual Imagine a Day Without Water. Across the country, municipal water agencies, city halls, coffee shops, breweries, schools, nonprofits and more hosted events in their communities, called on their elected officials, and engaged their networks on social media to share the value of water!

The message of the need to invest in our nation's water infrastructure spread across the country in so many ways. On social media, #ValueWater generated over six million impressions. Value of Water Campaign Director Radhika Fox participated in 25 television and radio interviews, reaching over 4.5 million viewers and listeners. In hundreds of communities, participants held tours, open houses, student art contests, authored blogs and op-eds, issued resolutions, posted videos, recorded podcasts, and so much more!

This year was our most successful day of advocacy and education yet. Thank you to everyone who participated and we are already looking forward to next year!
Join Our Next Webinar
One Water Webinar: Addressing Nutrient Pollution in our Nation's Waters
November 3rd, 1:00pm - 2:30pm EST

Nutrient pollution is one of America's most widespread, costly, and challenging problems. It is a challenge for many different bodies of water across many different regions, but the response to nutrient pollution has been siloed and fragmented. To forge large-scale progress on nutrient pollution, we are going to need a new approach that is more strategic and holistic in its structure and execution. Collaboration across agriculture, utilities, businesses, environmental groups, government, and academia will be necessary to truly make progress towards adopted goals.

Together, the US Water Alliance, National Association of Clean Water Agencies, and Water Environment Federation released a policy brief outlining a new collaborative approach on how to reduce nutrient pollution in our nation's waterways. The paper, Addressing Nutrient Pollution in Our Nation's Waters: The Role of a Statewide Utility presents options for a collaborative approach that would focus on cost-effective, results-driven investments and projects that would truly move the needle on nutrient levels.

Speakers:
  • Rob Greenwood, Principal, Ross Strategic
  • Dave St. Pierre, Executive Director, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
  • Bill Stanley, Director of State Conservation, The Nature Conservancy
  • Roger Wolf, Director of Environmental Programs & Services, Iowa Soybean Association
Join Us For Non-Potable Onsite Water Systems Workshop 
Buildings across the country--from New York to Seattle to San Francisco and more--are deploying innovative systems that collect and treat water to serve their own non-potable needs in place of using potable water. Onsite non-potable water systems can effectively augment water supplies, reduce sewer overflows, and help achieve community resiliency and sustainability goals. Utilities and public health agencies have an important role to play in protecting public health and creating an enabling environment for these innovations.
 
Join us on November 8, 2017 for a workshop on the current state and future of onsite reuse, highlighting findings from the National Blue Ribbon Commission and others. Topics include: water quality guidelines, regulations, permitting, treatment system and design, economics, operation of onsite systems, and opportunities for centralized water/wastewater utilities.  
 
This workshop is cohosted by Water Research Foundation, US Water Alliance, California Water Environment Association (CWEA), National Water Research Institute (NWRI).

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Announcing New Congressional Infrastructure Caucus
 
This week, Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) with Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. (TN-2), Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), and Rep. Garret Graves (LA-6), announced the formation of a new, bipartisan Congressional Infrastructure Caucus to focus on investment in the nation's outdated roads, bridges, rails, airports, transit, wastewater systems, and drinking water. The caucus plans to work closely with Infrastructure Week, a roundtable of organizations from the business and labor communities including the Value of Water Campaign, on programming to advance a strong national infrastructure agenda. 
In our Blog... 
  • Imagine a Day Without Water by Radhika Fox, US Water Alliance | Read More
  • When an Island Becomes a Desert: A Real Life Day(s) Without Water by Danielle Mayorga, Value of Water Campaign | Read More
  • Think Globally, Act Locally to Spark Interest in A One Water Future by Sarah Crawford, Hampton Roads Sanitation District | Read More
  • Imagine a Day Without Water (And Water Infrastructure) by Amber Wilson, American Water Works Association| Read More 
  • Imagine a Day Without Water (ASCE) by Caitlin Hone, American Society of Civil Engineers | Read More 
  • What Would a Day Without Water Be Like? Students Reflect on Imagine a Day Without Water by Megan Demit, US Water Alliance | Read More 
  • Imagine a Day Without Water Art Gallery by Megan Demit, US Water Alliance | Read More
Upcoming One Water Events...
In the News...
  • The Morning Briefing With Tim Farley Imagine a Day Without Water Interview Sirius XM | Listen Here
  • Coffee With America Imagine a Day Without Water Interview National | Watch Here
  • Global News Imagine a Day Without Water Interview Canada | Watch Here
  • Investing In Nature 101: A Triple Win for Cities, Communities, and Developers Forbes | Read More 
  • Water Orgs "Imagine a Day Without Water" Together WaterWorld | Read More
  • Try to Imagine a A Day Without Water Kansas City Business Journal | Read More 
  • SAWS Is Giving Away Free Coffee Today in Celebration of Imagine a Day Without Water San Antonio Express-News | Read More
  • Flint residents mark "Imagine A Day Without Water" 3 years after start of water crisis FOX 25 | Read More
  • Why reinvestment is needed to protect drinking water New Haven Register | Read More
  • Less water, more risk: Exploring national and local water use patterns in the US The Brookings Institution | Read More 
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