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 ›

Rising Demand, Aging Infrastructure Create Water Challenges

Eric Berman, WIBC
August 13, 2018

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Those water main breaks you've been seeing every so often are just a symptom of an expensive long-term problem.

A 2014 study found Indiana's combination of manufacturing and farming makes it the most water-dependent economy in the U.S. Hydrologist Jack Wittman says irrigation and groundwater use have continued rising. He says the state and its water utilities need to start planning now for how much water Hoosiers will need, and how to get it to customers. He says | Read more ›

One water, one future: Iowa ag leaders share farmers’ perspective on water quality

The Messenger
July 22, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS — Where does drinking water come from? Many people don’t have a clue, even though water quality remains a hot topic in the news and at national conferences like the One Water Summit in Minneapolis.

“More than half (54 percent) of people we polled have no idea where their water comes from,” said David Metz, president of FM3 Research, a California-based company that conducts public policy-oriented opinion research. “Another 23 percent guessed wrong, and only 23 percent | Read more ›

Philadelphia International Airport Suffers Water Main Burst

Water & Wastes Digest
May 8, 2018

Service was restored in the evening of May 7, 2018

On Monday May 7, 2018, the Philadelphia International Airport suffered a significant water main break, depriving the facility of water pressure to all terminals for several hours. Water services were eventually restored by 8 p.m., roughly three hours after the initial burst.

The main break, which was 24 in. in size, occurred under the economy parking lot. After water pressure was cut off, water fountains and toilets ceased to | Read more ›

A program that builds green infrastructure in the D.C. area sustains the environment, local workforce

Allyson Chiu - The Washington Post
March 13, 2018

Raymond Coates did not think he was going to make it to the end of his first day on a new job. The 58-year-old D.C. resident had never worked construction before, yet there he was on a warm fall day, struggling to move dirt in a wheelbarrow, and regretting decisions to skip breakfast and not pack a lunch.

But Coates said he knew he had to stick it out. He left a job in community social services to pursue a career building and maintaining landscapes that would help make the Earth a | Read more ›

Esty Announces Creation of New Bipartisan Congressional Infrastructure Caucus

October 27, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) announced the formation of a new, bipartisan Congressional Infrastructure Caucus to focus on investment in the nation’s outdated roads, bridges, rails, airports, transit, wastewater systems, and drinking water. Esty was joined by Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. (TN-2), Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), and Rep. Garret Graves (LA-6). The lawmakers worked closely with Infrastructure Week, a roundtable of organizations from the business and | Read more ›

Imagine a Day Without Water Press Coverage Reaches 4.5 Million Listeners and Viewers

October 19, 2017

The third 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 and television placements to share our message and spotlight efforts taking place in local communities. Campaign Director Radhika Fox participated in interviews with 25 local radio and televison news programs to discuss the | Read more ›

The Economic Benefits of Investing in Water Infrastructure Report Release Press Coverage Reaches 6 million listeners

March 31, 2017

On World Water Day, March 22, 2017, the Value of Water Campaign released an economic analysis report that explained the benefits of investing in water infrastructure. To promote the release of the paper, Value of Water Campaign Executive Director Radhika Fox participated in a radio tour, conducting more than 16 interviews with national and regional outlets from coast to coast, reaching an audience of more than 6 million listeners through over 2,000 airplays. ​In print, the report | Read more ›

Making water infrastructure a priority

Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), and Ben Cardin (D-Md.)
March 24, 2017

Even though it is invisible to most Americans, every community across this country relies on a complex system of reservoirs, aqueducts, dams, levees, treatment plants, pumping stations, and millions of miles of pipes forming our water infrastructure.

For decades, most Americans haven’t given much thought to our water systems, not worrying where water comes from when we turn on the tap, or where it goes after it swirls down the drain.

Now years of deferred maintenance are catching | Read more ›