Value of Water Coalition Lauds Innovation in the Water Sector

July 13, 2015

WEF Resources & Efforts

The Value of Water Coalition released the briefing paper, <i>The New Wave of Innovation</i>. Photo courtesy of the Value of Water Coalition.

The Value of Water Coalition released the briefing paper, The New Wave of Innovation. Photo courtesy of the Value of Water Coalition.

During Infrastructure Week 2015, May 11−15, the Value of Water Coalition — a collaboration of U.S. water companies and associations including the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) with the goal of creating more public awareness of the value of water — highlighted innovative water practices and infrastructure projects through the release of a new briefing paper and many events.

The briefing paper, The New Wave of Innovation, highlighted projects across the U.S. where water leaders in both public and private utilities are forging innovative solutions to help address today’s most pressing water problems.

Meanwhile, Value of Water Coalition members accomplished this objective by holding events throughout the U.S.:

  • On May 15, Dow Water & Process Solutions (Edina, Minn.) hosted in Minneapolis an event with national and local stakeholders to spotlight innovations in addressing water resource and supply challenges and also discuss the growing Twin Cities water technology cluster.
  • The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (Cleveland) hosted a weeklong series of behind-the-scenes tours of the region’s wastewater system for Cleveland-area civic leaders and media. The “Follow the Flow” tour traces wastewater’s path from the sewer system to Lake Erie, highlighting the tremendous value of investments in clean water infrastructure for the region.
  • Philadelphia Water and American Water (Voorhees, N.J.) co-hosted along with others, a forum on the state of water infrastructure and the innovative investments in Philadelphia’s water system and across the state.
  • At the 9th Annual Construction Contractors breakfast, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission spotlighted how investments in water infrastructure are investments in jobs and the community. During the event, partner firms and the utility announced a $140,000 commitment for funding science, technology, engineering, and math curriculum at the Willie L. Brown Middle School.
  • In Chicago, Value of Water Coalition co-hosted an event with the Metropolitan Planning Council (Chicago), the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution (Washington, D.C.), and the Union League Club of Chicago to discuss how to finance, build, develop, and deliver world-class infrastructure and services.
  • In Washington, D.C., representatives from the Value of Water Coalition met with members of U.S. Congress to discuss the essential service that water infrastructure provides and the need for infrastructure investment.
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