Atlanta Department of Watershed Management's Kishia Powell on Imagining a Day Without Water

The Value of Water Campaign
October 8, 2019

October 23rd is the fifth annual Imagine a Day Without Water 2019 to raise awareness and educate America about the value of water.

To bring that message home, the Value of Water Campaign interviewed leaders in the water sector from across the country to talk about what water means to their communities and what they're doing to make sure that America never faces a day without water.

Listen below for a podcast interview with Atlanta Department of Watershed Management's Kishia | Read more ›

Words On Water #94: Lori Weigel on Public Opinion on Infrastructure, Affordability, and Reuse

Words on Water Podcast
June 25, 2019

Lori Weigel is Principal at New Bridge Strategy. In this episode Lori discusses the results of an annual public opinion poll conducted through the Value of Water Campaign, which found that 85 percent of voters support increased funding for water infrastructure, a level of support that cuts across demographics, geography, party affiliation, and income level. She also talks about questions on affordability that show four in five voters believe water rates are affordable and are | Read more ›

Infrastructure Week 2019 Recap

The Value of Water Campaign
May 24, 2019
Infrastructure Week continues to deliver a high-caliber week of thought-provoking dialogues - unifying industry professionals, policy leaders, and elected officials around one message: it's time to #BuildForTomorrow. Starting Now! Now in its seventh year, IWeek has expanded to 527 affiliate organizations encompassing 125 events across the country. With launch events in Atlanta, Boston, Las Vegas, Washington, DC and beyond - this was the biggest IWeek yet!  
As we unite with | Read more ›

Value of Water Hits the Airwaves with Fourth Annual Index Poll Results

The Value of Water Campaign
April 9, 2019

As our nation’s water infrastructure ages, a new poll commissioned by the Value of Water Campaign revealed that over 85% of Americans are in favor of increased federal funding to update the outdated systems.  As industry leaders gathered in Washington, DC as part of Water Week (March 31-April 6) to discuss funding solutions, U.S. Water Alliance’s Vice President of Engagement, Kip Peterson, was available for radio interviews to discuss the new poll, what federal lawmakers can do to | Read more ›

As Rates Rise, Cleveland Water And Sewer Grapples With Affordability

Elizabeth Miller, ideastream
February 8, 2019

Across the Great Lakes, water rates are rising. In Cleveland, rates have more than doubled in the last eight years. In 2010, an average family of four paid $630.41 for water and sewer. Seven years later, that number is around $1249.29.

Great Lakes Today and American Public Media looked at water rates and shut-off data across the Great Lakes region and found that as cities incr ease water and sewer rates, shut-offs for non-payment are concentrated in poor communities and | Read more ›

Why Many In The Great Lakes Region Can't Afford Basic Drinking Water

Elizabeth Miller, NPR
February 8, 2019

The Great Lakes are one of the world's largest sources of fresh water. But an investigation from American Public Media and Great Lakes Today finds the cost of that water has doubled or tripled.

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The Great Lakes are one of the largest sources of fresh water in the world. They run more than 750 miles across eight states from Minnesota to New York. With so much fresh water, you would think that drinking water would be affordable | Read more ›

Water Rates Increase in Buffalo, N.Y.

Water & Wastes Digest
December 18, 2018

This year in Buffalo, N.Y., both property taxes and garbage user fees went up in the city. These increases were the first ones of its kind since 2006.

According to The Buffalo News, residents above the poverty line will now see their water bills increase by $5 a month beginning Jan. 1, 2019, under a new rate structure from the Buffalo Water Board.

Low-income customers will get a $60 annual credit on their water bills and will not see an increase in rates, according to The | Read more ›

Imagine a Day Without Water Radio Tour Reaches over 1.6 million Listeners

The Value of Water Campaign
October 15, 2018

The fourth annual Imagine a Day Without Water was covered extensively in print and broadcast outlets across the country, helping us elevate the importance of water and wastewater infrastructure in America. The Value of Water Campaign secured earned radio placements to share our message and spotlight efforts taking place in local communities. Kip Peterson, Vice President for Engagement with the US Water Alliance, represented the Value of Water Campaign and participated in | Read more ›

WRDA Bill Heads to Trump, but Drinking Water Issues Remain

Annie Snider
October 10, 2018

Congress approved some of the most significant updates to the country's drinking water management in two decades Wednesday, at a time when the safety of tap water has become a major concern for many Americans — but the new changes on their own aren't expected to fix some of the most pressing problems.

The Senate's passage of the Water Resources Development Act, dubbed the America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, S. 3021 (115), gives lawmakers a major achievement to tout back | Read more ›

US Drinking Water Supply Is at Risk from Deteriorating Pipes

Bonner Cohen, Washington Examiner
September 22, 2018

As prospects fade for bipartisan infrastructure legislation, a new report highlights the dire consequences to public health and safety that will result from continued deterioration of the nation’s underground water networks.

Beset by over 300,000 water main breaks each year, America’s underground water pipes are showing the effects of age and chronic corrosion. “The signs of distress surface daily as water mains break causing floods and service disruptions,” the study notes. “The | Read more ›