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The Water Industry Comes Together to Talk About Current and Future Challenges

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Every year around this time we see a robust conversation around water infrastructure. This May has been no different, starting with the recent Southeast Water Infrastructure Summit at the beginning of the month. This event brought together industry leaders and water experts in New Orleans to discuss the region’s challenges. NAWC member companies, joined by state and federal regulators, reviewed how the private sector is driving innovative approaches that are leading to practical solutions across the area.

In May the industry also celebrated Drinking Water Week, a time to highlight the integral role water plays in our everyday lives. NAWC’s members work 24/7, 365 days a year to ensure that water systems are offering customers and communities safe and abundant water. During this week, NAWC focused on the exceptional record our members have of providing this quality water service.

All of this led up to national Infrastructure Week, which provided an annual reminder of how crucial it is that we invest in our country’s vital infrastructure systems. As is often cited, when the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released its Infrastructure Report Card in 2017, it rated drinking water systems a “D,” citing an estimated 240,000 water main breaks per year in the U.S.

We know that our infrastructure is in dire need of investment, and that the U.S. is not moving quickly enough in bringing about the changes needed to ensure safe, consistent access to critical water and wastewater services. But change is happening, and it is being driven by the private sector. The six largest private water companies alone invest a combined nearly $2.7 billion in water infrastructure, with smaller companies contributing even more beyond that.

So while May has been a month during which we have talked a lot about water infrastructure, let us also take a moment to remember that those of us in the private sector are doing more than talking, providing the necessary investment and proper management to ensure 73 million Americans continue to enjoy clean and safe water each and every day.

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