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New Orleans Learns to Love Water

Laura Bliss, The Atlantic
July 2, 2016

"New Orleans filled with water” does not conjure up a promising image, at least not yet.

The fight to stay dry has defined the city’s history. In the early 20th century, pumps and canals drained swamps and marshes, allowing development in low-lying neighborhoods like Gentilly, on the sunken edge of Lake Pontchartrain. Today, when New Orleans experiences a storm, runoff enters more than 68,000 catch basins citywide, courses through hundreds of miles of underground pipes, and is | Read more ›

Local Innovators Radio Tour Hits 3 Million Listeners Nationwide

Value of Water Coalition
May 25, 2016

As part of Infrastructure Week 2016, the Value of Water Coalition and our partners hosted a Local Innovators Tour to celebrate and spotlight local solutions to the nation's infrastructure crisis. As part of the tour, the Coalition launched a multi-city broadcast outreach efforts to highlight projects taking place around the nation and to underscore the crucial investments we must make to improve and replace the existing systems – especially water ones, which most Americans take | Read more ›

Water Providers Use Infrastructure Week to Highlight Need for Trillions in Fixes

Ryan Harris, NewsRadio KFBK
May 23, 2016

This story originally featured on NewsRadio KFBK, Sacramento.

Our country's water systems need nearly $5 trillion in investment over the next 20 years to keep them in good repair so water providers are using this year's "Infrastructure Week" to highlight that need.

The water systems also get a D grade by the American Society of Civil Engineers, but in the Sacramento area and other places in California, we are doing a decent job of upgrading and maintaining our water delivery | Read more ›

A solution to many of our woes

J. Bryan Plumlee, The Virginian Pilot
May 22, 2016

This article originally appeared in The Virginian-Pilot.

The Hampton Roads Sanitation District wants to save the Chesapeake Bay — and a lot more, if that’s not enough.

An idea floated by HRSD to recharge aquifers with treated water is new locally, but it is a known and reliable technology. For Hampton Roads, it is a salve for intractable problems including the quality of the Chesapeake Bay; the lack of a sufficient and safe water inventory; land subsidence; flooding; economic | Read more ›

Group Highlights Need to Improve Ohio, U.S. Water Infrastructure

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - OH
May 21, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio - It's Infrastructure Week, and efforts in Ohio to improve water quality are among those highlighted by the "Value of Water Coalition."

The group is part of a campaign to educate Americans about why water is essential and why new investments are needed in the nation's water system. Coalition director Radhika Fox, chief executive of the U.S. Water Alliance, said that with an aging water infrastructure, $4.8 trillion in investment is needed over years to maintain a | Read more ›

HRSD Breaks Ground for New Bridge Street Pump Station

Daily Press
May 19, 2016

In a ceremony that paid homage to HRSD's 75 years of environmental protection and its commitment to infrastructure renewal, Congressman Robert C. Scott and Hampton Mayor George Wallace joined representatives of the regional wastewater utility and its project partners to break ground on Monday, May 16, for a new pump station at 515 Bridge Street in Hampton.

Molly Joseph Ward, Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources, whose grandfather was an HRSD Commissioner; Ann DarlingTormey, the | Read more ›

Inside AlexRenew

Vernon Miles, Alexandria Gazette
May 19, 2016

This story was originally featured in the Alexandria Gazette.

On the surface, the nearly completed park near the east end of Eisenhower Avenue looks like any soccer field. It’s currently soggy and unusable, given the recent rain and some leakage issues, but by June, it should be operational and open to the public. What those playing on the field may not know is that they’re actually standing over 18 million gallons of nitrogen and phosphorous removed from the local water | Read more ›

Invest in infrastructure to transform America

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito
May 19, 2016

This article orginally posted in The Hill

Infrastructure matters. It matters to our economy, our communities, our health and our safety. From electricity and internet, to pipes and ports, infrastructure is an interconnected web that reaches into every aspect of our lives. It brings jobs and new opportunities, and it has the power to transform America.

My state of West Virginia is a prime example of the power of infrastructure.

Located in the heart of Appalachia, we are the | Read more ›

Tapping Camden youth to help map infrastructure

Phaedra Trethan, Courier-Post
May 19, 2016

This article originally appeared on Courier-Post

CAMDEN - Camden’s nearly century-old water and sewer pipes snake through the city, with its hydrants, valves and meters scattered across streets and neighborhoods.

American Water, the Voorhees-based company that took over the city’s water and sewer service operations and maintenance in February, announced Tuesday it would partner with a city program to map out pipes, drains, meters and hydrants. The goal is twofold: to enable | Read more ›

LA students use arts and design thinking to envision a more water-wise city

Priska Neely, 89.3 KPCC
May 18, 2016

This story originally posted by 89.3 KPCC, Southern California Public Radio.

Ask teams of elementary school kids to imagine ways that residents of Los Angeles can conserve water, and you'll hear some flights of childish fancy, but you'll also hear some ideas that have been endorsed by experts.

That's what a panel of city planners from the L.A. mayor's office, the board of public works and the sanitation department learned Tuesday when a City Hall hearing room was taken over by | Read more ›