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One Water Newsletter: September  2019
One Water Summit 2019 Sweeps Austin


One Water Summit 2019 has wrapped! From September 18-20, Austin, TX was home to the One Water movement as 1,000 water leaders, practitioners, activists, artists, and stakeholders convened  to exchange ideas, learn, explore, and work together for our collective One Water future.

With a packed program of sessions, plenaries, site visits, exciting speakers, networking and more, One Water Summit 2019 was our biggest Summit yet. More than 40 delegations from across the country brought regional perspectives to issues like droughts, flooding, climate resilience, and community partnerships. Attendees had the options of taking a crash course in institute topics or leaving the conference space to experience site visits throughout Austin.


A plenary schedule of impressive speakers, delegation commitments to action, and musicians engaged the audience. Austin Mayor Steve Adler, helped tell the Texas One Water Story, emphasizing Austin's own position on the Colorado River.

The US Water Alliance would like to give a Texas-sized thank you to our Austin partners, sponsors, site visit leaders, staff, and everyone else who helped make this year's Summit our biggest and best yet. 

With Austin, TX as as host city for One Water Summit 2019, Texas news media helped spotlight the One Water movement and local water initiatives. In Texas Tribune's TribTalk, Emily Warren (Program Officer, Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation) and Radhika Fox (CEO, US Water Alliance) explained the "One Water" concept in the context of the Lone Star State. Meanwhile Sharlene Leurig (CEO, Texas Water Trade) talked about Texas's water challenges and current efforts to curb them in the Austin-American Statesman. I Read the op-eds here
US Water Prize 2019 Winners Announced

Announced during One Water Summit 2019, the US  Water  Alliance presented  the US  Water   Prize , a prestigious award for outstanding work towards changing how  water  is viewed, valued, and managed, to six recipient winners. 

Awards were given in six different categories to outstanding individuals and organizations that inspire us to create a more sustainable  water  future for all. 

The US Water Prize 2019 winners include: 

Camden Equity Taskforce Releases Roadmap Report

On September 16 , the US Water Alliance, along with the City of Camden and an Equity Taskforce team of Camden leaders representing utilities, local nonprofits, and environmental organizations, released An Equitable Water Future: Camden. This roadmap report was developed by the Camden Water Equity Team to build a shared understanding of the challenges, opportunities, and priorities for action to secure an equitable water future for all Camden residents.
An Equitable Water Future: Camden  was collaboratively developed by Equity Taskforce members reprsenting American WaterCamden County Municipal Utilities AuthorityCamden Lutheran Housing, the City of Camden, Cooper's Ferry Partnership, District Council Collaborative Board, Dreamcatchers International, the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and the Trust for Public Land, with support from the US Water Alliance. 
Participate in Imagine a Day Without Water 2019 (Oct. 23rd)

On  October 23rd , the Value of Water Campaign asks you to imagine a day with no water to drink, or even to make coffee with. No water to shower, flush the toilet, or do laundry. Hospitals would close without water. Firefighters couldn't put out fires and farmers couldn't water their crops. Can you Imagine a Day Without Water ?

Because water infrastructure should not be taken for granted, t he Value of Water Campaign and a network of participating organizations host this day of action to educate the country about the value of water. 

To help get you started, the Value of Water campaign has outlined five ways to participate and an array of resources, including the official  message framework logo social media graphics trivia kit op-ed  and  press release  templates to adopt or customize for your Imagine a Day Without Water plans. I Sign up for Imagine a Day Without Water here
H2duO Podcast Interview Alliance CEO

As part of their Water in Real Life podcast, the H2duO of Stephanie Zavala and Arianne Shipley interviewed Alliance CEO Radhika Fox to talk about the the  value of art and culture in the water industry. The conversation touched on the community benefits of building partnerships between the water sector and local artists and new ways of deisgning water systems with a cultural lens. I Listen to the podcast here
One Water Leadership Institute: Strategic Communications for One Water (Members-Only)

The Alliance's  One Water Leadership Institutes are an exclusive opportunity for US Water Alliance members. Our second Leadership Institute of 2019 will be hosted by Valley Water in San Jose, CA on November 7 and 8 and will focus on strategic communications.

This members-only One Water Leadership Institute is designed for people in decision-making positions about an organization's communications. The Alliance curated this two-day institute for 40 water leaders to learn best practices for strategic communications, develop persuasive messages and campaigns, learn about branding and rebranding of an organization, and to network with peers experiencing similar communications challenges. 
Upcoming One Water Events
  • Imagine a Day Without Water 2019 October 23, Across the nation I Learn more
  • Blue Tie Ball for WSSC's Water Fund October 26, College Park, MD I Tickets here
One Water News and Resources
  • Alliance member Metropolitan Sewer District of Louisville's jobs-first approach to water equity and Equity Taskforce participation was spotlighted in Next City. I Read here
  • As part of its "Save Water" Campaign, Colgate announced the campaign's conservation impacts at the United Nations. I Read here
  • Local CBS news highlights Alliance member Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority's work in removing lead pipe water lines in the city. I Read and watch here
  • New York Times climate piece explained how a nearly a quarter of humanity is facing looming water crises. I Read here