Value of Water Coalition Announces 12 New Partners

Value of Water CoalitionThe Value of Water Coalition — a partnership of public and private U.S. water sector organizations, including the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) — announced the addition of 12 organizations to its coalition, a new director to lead its public awareness initiative, and the launch of a new website.

The Value of Water Coalition draws attention to aging and underfunded water infrastructure in the U.S., and educates on the fundamental importance of water to the U.S. economy, environment, and community well-being. The coalition is growing and increasing its efforts as water-related issues become a rising concern in the U.S.

The frigid winter has led to a rash of century-old water mains bursting in East Coast cities, while the West Coast continues to suffer from record droughts. Despite the essential role that water plays in driving critical sectors of the economy and contributing to the high quality of life enjoyed in the U.S., water is often overlooked in the national discussion of infrastructure investment.

New organizations joining the coalition are

  • Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, Mich.);
  • Black & Veatch (Kansas City, Mo.);
  • Alexandria (Va.) Renew Enterprises;
  • Camden County (N.J.) Municipal Utilities Authority;
  • DC Water (Washington, D.C.);
  • Hampton Roads (Va.) Sanitation District;
  • Kansas City (Mo.) Water Services;
  • Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati;
  • Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago;
  • Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (Cleveland, Ohio);
  • Philadelphia Water Department; and
  • San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

Radhika Fox, the new director of the Value of Water Coalition, has 20 years of experience in developing infrastructure-related policies, programs, and advocacy campaigns. Previously, Fox served as the director of policy and government affairs at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and as the federal policy director at PolicyLink (Oakland, Calif.), a research and advocacy organization.

“The strength of our coalition is that we have leading voices from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors shining a bright light on urgent, but often unseen, water issues and inspiring positive action that will strengthen this nation,” Fox said in a coalition news release.

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