Wednesday May 14, 2014
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT
Knight Conference Center
555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
*C St. Entrance
Washington, DC 20001
VoW Project Manager
U.S. Water Alliance
Most Americans understand water is important. What they aren't aware of is the deteriorating condition of the infrastructure that supports this critical service. For too long, water has been the "unseen infrastructure" and today communities across the country are relying on aging water infrastructure systems in dire need of repair and replacement.
Estimates place the cost of repairing, replacing, and upgrading aging water and wastewater infrastructure at more than $600 billion over the next 20 years. Making the necessary investment in water infrastructure will do more than improve reliability. The Department of Commerce estimates each job created in the local water and wastewater industry creates 3.68 jobs in the national economy and each public dollar spent yields $2.62 dollars in economic output in other industries.
We are at a critical moment in time when addressing U.S. water infrastructure must become a national priority. On May 14, 2014, the Value of Water Coalition will host an in-depth conversation on the current condition of water infrastructure in the United States, the consequences of letting these failing systems worsen, and solutions to meeting the water challenges of today and tomorrow.
Cathleen Kelly, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
The Value of Water Coalition (VoW) is made up of both public and private members of the water industry, who have come together at a time when our water infrastructure is at risk. We aim to educate the public on the importance of clean, safe, and reliable water to and from every home and community, and to help ensure quality water service for future generations.