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Value Of Water Coalition Spotlights Innovative Water Projects During Infrastructure Week 2015

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

The Value of Water Coalition is highlighting innovative water practices and infrastructure projects across the country during Infrastructure Week 2015 (May 11-15) through the release of a new briefing paper and events from coast to coast. After working around the clock for more than 100 years, our water infrastructure is aging and failing. In America today, a water main breaks every two minutes. The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that $4.8 trillion needs to be invested in water infrastructure over the next 20 years to maintain a state of good repair.

“Building reliable water and wastewater systems for communities across the United States was a crowning achievement of the 20th century. Since then, public and private utilities have been putting people to work to construct, operate and maintain essential infrastructure that Americans rely on daily,” said Radhika Fox, director of the Value of Water Coalition. “Now we are facing water infrastructure challenges as those old systems are over-burdened and worn out, but it is not all bleak. Water leaders are forging innovative solutions to our most pressing water problems. That is the hopeful news from Infrastructure Week—our problems are big, but our capacity for innovation is greater.”

Across the country, water providers as well as water-reliant businesses are rising to the challenge and creating innovative solutions to solve local and national water-centric problems.

•    In Minneapolis, Dow Water & Process Solutions is leading the way with sustainable separation and purification technologies. Dow, a Value of Water Coalition member, will host an event on Friday May 15th with national and local stakeholders to spotlight innovations in addressing water resource and supply challenges and also discuss the growing Twin Cities water technology cluster.

•    The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District will host a week-long series of behind-the-scenes tours of the region’s wastewater system for Cleveland-area civic leaders and media. Follow the Flow will trace wastewater’s path from the sewer system to Lake Erie, highlighting the tremendous value of investments in clean water infrastructure for the region.

•    Philadelphia Water and American Water will co-host, with the Economy League of Philadelphia and media partner WHYY, a forum on the state of water infrastructure and the innovative investments in Philadelphia’s water system and across the Keystone State.

•    The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission will spotlight how investments in water infrastructure are investments in jobs and the community at the 9th Annual Construction Contractors Breakfast. During the event, partner firms and the SFPUC will announce a $140,000 commitment for funding STEM curriculum at the Willie L. Brown Middle School.

•    In Chicago, Value of Water Coalition will co-host an event with the Metropolitan Planning Council, the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings, and the Union League of Chicago to discuss how to finance, build, develop and deliver world class infrastructure and services.

•    Finally, in Washington, D.C., representatives from the Value of Water Coalition will meet with members of Congress to discuss the essential service that water infrastructure provides and the need for infrastructure investment.

During Infrastructure Week 2015, more than 80 organizations are set to host dozens of events. Participants in Infrastructure Week events will range from Vice President Biden and cabinet secretaries to local city council members, academics, utility groups and private sector partners, all coming together to raise awareness about the state of infrastructure in our country and highlight the need for investment. For more information please visit http://infrastructureweek.org/ and follow the conversation at #RebuildRenew on Twitter.

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Media Contact: Abigail Gardner | agardner@skdknick.com | 202.464.6603

About the Value of Water Coalition
The Value of Water Coalition builds national will for investment in water infrastructure and water resources. The Coalition has come together to advance positive solutions to our nation’s pressing water challenges.

Members include: Alexandria Renew Enterprises , American Water, American Water Works Association, Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, Black & Veatch, Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority , CH2M Hill, DC Water, Dow Chemical Company, Hampton Roads Sanitation District, Kansas City Water Services, Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, MWH Global, National Association of Clean Water Agencies, National Association of Water Companies, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Philadelphia Water Department, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, United Water, U.S. Water Alliance, Veolia, Water Environment Federation and Xylem.

Learn more about The Value of Water coalition at thevalueofwater.org and follow us on Twitter @TheValueofWater.

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American Water to Have Strong Presence at NAWC Southeast Water Infrastructure Summit

Posted on by Carlos

American Water announced today the company will play an active role in the National Association of Water Companies’ (NAWC) 2015 Southeast Water Infrastructure Summit on April 30 in Charleston, S.C.

American Water will have a strong presence at the conference with several presenters. These include the following:

· Deron Allen, Tennessee American Water President and Chapter President of the Southeast NAWC will kick off the summit with opening remarks.
· Mark Strauss, senior vice president of Corporate Strategy and Business Development, will discuss on the benefits of public-private partnerships in regards to addressing ongoing infrastructure needs in the southeast metropolitan cities, including best practices, innovative solutions, troubled systems, tight financials & proven methods.
· Nick Rowe, Central Division Senior Vice President, will participate in an executive roundtable with other leaders from the southeast largest water companies to discuss a variety of issues including current regulatory challenges, future protections and trends, energy-water nexus, infrastructure challenges, best practices and much more.
· David Choate, president of the Contract Services Group of American Water Enterprises, Inc., a subsidiary of American Water, will discuss recent advances in water reuse and desalination.
· Dr. Mark LeChevallier, director of Innovation & Environmental Stewardship, will participate in an environmental roundtable to discuss American Water’s Innovation Development Program.

The NAWC Southeast Water Infrastructure Summit is the only event of its type to address critical challenges for the water sector across the region.

 

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Helping Our Customers Understand Rates for Water Service

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

We all know it can be a challenge to explain the rates we charge our customers for water service. San Jose Water Company, an NAWC member, has provided an excellent explanation of rates on their web site. This content is actually an excerpt from their rate case information booklet they used with elected officials and the public in their most recent rate case. This explanation also addresses how rates are affected when mandatory water restrictions create less consumption. The full article can be found on the San Jose Water Company Website.

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Water Crisis Requires All Hands On Deck – The Hill

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

Today an opinion piece written by Reps. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio) and Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.) supporting  Water Week 2015 ran in The Hill . During this week-long event, hundreds of water and wastewater professionals gathered in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the national advancements in clean and safe water and meet with federal regulators and members of congress to discuss the value of water.

excerpt:
“Our current water policy in America needs all hands on deck. Federal policymakers should encourage and incentivize private sector capital interested in infrastructure projects, creating a public-private partnership that can offer a long-term, steady return on investment. We need to engage the scientific and academic community to provide research and insight on the most creative and cost-effective solutions to our water challenges.”

The entire piece can be read online.

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Statement by National Association of Water Companies Executive Director Michael Deane in Support of Water Week 2015

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

The National Association of Water Companies is a proud supporter of Water Week 2015 as thought leaders and water professionals from across the country gather in the nation’s capital this week to promote the stewardship and vitality of our most precious natural resource.

Water Week presents a unique opportunity for water industry representatives to connect with local, state and national decision makers. This is a chance for all parties to mutually address topics ranging from legislation and regulations, to conservation and new technologies.

The kind of collaboration made possible through Water Week is essential to solving America’s complex and multifaceted water challenges – from drought, to aging – and sometimes – failing water infrastructure. Long-term solutions can advance from these important conversations between policy makers and the water sector, and it will take all stakeholders working together to close the water infrastructure gap.

We applaud the efforts and commitment of all Water Week attendees. Their presence in Washington, DC will bring much needed attention to the critical work being done – and that which still needs to be done – to ensure clean, safe and reliable water for American communities for generations to come.  – Michael Deane, Executive Director of the National Association of Water Companies

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Connecticut Water launches new feature to protect its customers

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

This afternoon the Connecticut Water Company announced a new feature that will help thwart thieves posing as water utility workers. The feature will give customers peace of mind as they can now receive an e-mail with a photo of the Connecticut Water representative that will be arriving at their door for a scheduled appointment, before the employee arrives.

Eric W. Thornburg, Connecticut Water’s president and CEO, recalled an incident in December 2013 when a customer, a couple, both senior citizens, in Naugatuck was robbed by two men posing as utility workers. He commended the Naugatuck Police Department for their service and counsel throughout this event.

Mr. Thornburg stated, “That incident really troubled us and we decided we needed to do more to give our customers more information to protect themselves from imposters posing as water company employees. Today, I am pleased to announce our new service, as part of our commitment to the safety and security of our customers– Be Sure Before You Open the Door.” Mr. Thornburg explained, “Connecticut Water customers who provide us with an e-mail address will receive a photo of our employee scheduled to perform work at their home before that employee knocks on the door. This is an added safeguard that will help customers protect themselves, their families and their possessions. This initiative will enhance our customers’ safety and security. It will benefit not just our senior customers, but young people, working parents, and busy families alike.” Connecticut Water is leading the industry with this initiative, being the first water utility in Connecticut to offer this and seen as a leader among water utilities across the country with this program.

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Aqua America Promotes Michael Pickel, P.E. to Vice President and Chief Environmental Officer

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

Aqua America has announced the promotion of Michael J. Pickel, P.E. to vice president and chief environmental officer for the company.

In this role, Pickel oversees water quality and environmental compliance for all of Aqua’s drinking water and wastewater systems in eight states. Pickel also manages Aqua’s in-house water and wastewater laboratory and the company’s water quality services and water resources engineering departments.

Aqua America’s Chairman and CEO Nicholas DeBenedictis said, “Mike’s strong technical skills and broad experience in environmental policy make him an effective steward of our drinking water and wastewater systems – both for our customers and the environment. His insights and expertise will continue to be invaluable to Aqua and the communities we serve.”

Read the full press release online.

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2015 Southeast Water Infrastructure Summit

Posted on by Carlos

The 2015 Southeast Water Infrastructure Summit will be held in historic Charleston, South Carolina this year, beginning with a memorable welcome reception on Wednesday, April 29, and continuing with discussions all day Thursday, April 30. This is the only event of its type to address critical challenges for the water sector across the region.

When: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 5:00 PM – Thursday, April 30, 2015 8:00 AM

Where: Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King Street, Charleston, South Carolina USA

Please visit www.nawc.org to register.

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EPA’s WaterSense Celebrates Fix a Leak Week

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

watersense_labels_logosEvery year, more than one trillion gallons of water go down the drain because of household leaks. Leaks may increase a water bill by as much as 10 percent.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program encourages consumers to celebrate the seventh annual Fix a Leak Week, March 16-22, 2015, by finding and fixing water leaks in their homes.

Annually, the average American family could be wasting more than 10,000 gallons of water — enough for 270 loads of laundry — due to easy-to-fix leaks. Since 2006 WaterSense has helped consumers save a cumulative 757 billion gallons of water and over $14.2 billion in water and energy bills.

The full press release is available on the EPA Website

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Value of Water Coalition Announces New Partners, Director and Website

Posted on by Marybeth Leongini

Yesterday, the Value of Water Coalition announced it has added 12 new leading public and private sector organizations to its coalition, has brought on a new director and has launched a new website.

The Value of Water Coalition draws attention to our nation’s aging and underfunded water infrastructure, and educates on the fundamental importance of water to the economic, environmental and community well-being of America.

“In a few days, we will celebrate the United Nation’s World Water Day, which is a great reminder of how exceptional American water and wastewater service is. The public and private utilities that ensure clean, safe, reliable water to and from homes and businesses across the country are nothing short of remarkable. But utilities, as well as the systems and infrastructure they manage, are taken for granted. While water is priceless, we undervalue it in the United States,” said Radhika Fox, the new director of the Value of Water Coalition.

The founding members of the Value of Water Coalition are: American Water, American Water Works Association, Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, CH2M HILL, MWH Global, National Association of Clean Water Agencies, National Association of Water Companies, United Water, U.S. Water Alliance, Veolia, Water Environment Federation and Xylem.

Today, the founding members are joined by two leading private sector companies: Dow Chemical Company and Black & Veatch. Additionally, major public utilities, which are on the front lines of delivering essential water and wastewater service to millions of people, have joined the coalition. New public utility partners include: Alexandria Renew Enterprises, Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority, DC Water, Hampton Roads Sanitation District, Kansas City Water Services, Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Philadelphia Water Department and San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

Read the full release online.

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