Every day, people looking to raise awareness and gain support for important causes head to our nation’s Capital – Washington, D.C. Next week, the water industry takes its turn in a very big way during Water Week 2017. Together, hundreds of advocates from the water community will have our voice heard and “elevate water as a national priority.”
Support for water conservation, reuse and quality improvements has come a long way across the country over the past 20 years. Water Week is an opportunity for water leaders to get in front of key decision makers and lawmakers to ensure that they understand issues critical to the water industry and are motivated to take action with us to protect our world’s most precious natural resource.
During the week, key leaders in the water industry will be bring concerns and facts directly to Congress. These topics will include the dire state of our water infrastructure; challenges for water utilities and our customers; roadblocks to sustainability and access to clean water for all Americans; and the positive economic impact that comes from investments in infrastructure and subsequent job creation.
Water industry leaders will have a Rally for Water on the Capitol grounds on World Water Day, March 22! This rally is always a Water Week highlight as it unites all types of professionals, organizations, investors and citizens in a demonstration of the grassroots dynamic of the modern water movement.
Lastly, Water Week allows the water industry to learn from each other and delve into the dynamics of the new White House administration to gain a better understanding of how changes could impact water utilities and the people we serve in the long- and short-term. The title of one forum summarizes this component of the week’s activities perfectly: Understanding the New Reality—Making Sense Out of Change. Through these types of opportunities water and wastewater utilities will become better prepared for change as well as gain insights that will help us start planning strategies so that we can continue to serve our communities in the best possible way. For a list of Water Week events, click here.
A change as significant as having a new political party and president in the White House can also mean big changes for water policy and our water missions. Many questions are swirling about how changes at EPA might affect safe drinking water standards and protection of clean waterways. Be assured that water industry leaders have always advocated for sensible regulations that above all protect the public and provide value to our customers. That will not change. However, it is important that all of us continue to have our voice heard and continue to make positive changes in our water use so that together we can drive our own message to value and protect one of our most precious national treasures – clean water!