Water = Jobs: The Economic Opportunity of Investing in Water Infrastructure

The Value of Water Campaign
March 22, 2017

Water is essential to everything we do, from the water we need to brush our teeth and make coffee in the morning, to the water farmers need to grow crops, and firefighters need to keep us safe. But the systems that deliver this essential resource are at risk.

Communities across the United States rely on an aging system of water pipes and over 156,000 public water systems that each serve at least 25 people per day. It’s estimated that a water main breaks every two minutes across the nation – wreaking havoc for homes and businesses. Manufacturing revenues alone are found to decline by an average of 20 percent due to a disruption in water service.

We have an incredible opportunity to make needed investments in our water systems. Join the Value of Water Campaign as they unveil a new report evaluating the economic benefits of investing in water infrastructure. The report finds that if we close the investment gap for water infrastructure, there is a ripple effect of sustained job creation, GDP growth, and more.

When: Wednesday, March 22nd from 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Where: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2253 -  Washington DC

Who:

Opening remarks from Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), John “Jimmy” Duncan (R-TN), Bob Gibbs (R-OH), and Daniel Lipinski (D-IL).

  • Radhika Fox, CEO of the US Water Alliance
  • Tom Smith, Executive Director of the American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Tony Parrott, Executive Director of the Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District
  • Alexander Quinn, Director of Sustainable Economics, Hatch

Lunch will be served. RSVP to Suzi Warren at swarren@uswateralliance.org by Friday, March 17th.

This is a widely-attended and advertised event.

This event is being hosted as part of Water Week, March 19 - 25, 2017. Major water sector organizations with members spanning the nation are gathered in Washington, DC to advocate for national policies that advance clean, safe and affordable water, in support of their communities and a healthy sustainable environment.