Water Week 2017 has come and gone and the Association has plenty to be thankful for, and optimistic about. Eight major association partners collaborated, more than 30 water-related organizations endorsed/supported, and attendance was the best in the event’s history. This means that Water Week has reached new heights of unity in terms of its mission to raise public awareness, and promote water as a top national public affairs priority.
Event Participation Reaches New Levels
Water Week’s first ever Rally for Water drew an energized crowd to Capitol Hill’s Upper Senate Park, and was supported by remarks from congressional members who are “champions” of water as a governing issue—Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment, Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI), and Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA)—along with municipal utility and state leaders from across the country. The speakers echoed the common themes of clean water’s vital role in driving the economy, protecting public health, and maintaining environmental sustainability; while emphasizing the importance of funding for water infrastructure. (See rally video)
During the anchor event of Water Week, the Nation Water Policy Fly-In , participating members had the opportunity to hear and interact with EPA representatives, congressional staff and water sector leaders through roundtables and plenary speeches—all focused on the latest regulatory and legislative priorities that impacted utilities at a national and local level.
The week also featured a widely-attended Congressional Reception on Capitol Hill, which brought all participating water sector groups together to celebrate a strong, unified commitment to water and water advocacy. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), John Boozman (R-AR), James Inhofe (R-OK), Thomas Carper (D-DE), Gary Peters (D-MI) and several members of the House of Representatives spoke, echoing a bipartisan message of support for investing in the nation’s aging water infrastructure and water’s importance to our daily lives. (See reception video)
NACWA thanks all the participants and supporters of Water Week 2017, and looks forward to building on this success for Water Week 2018!
NACWA would like to send a special thanks to all collaborating and supporting organizations. The Nation Water Policy Fly-In was jointly hosted by the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF), the Water Research Foundation (WRF), and the WateReuse Association. Other national groups collaborating on Water Week included the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the U.S. Water Alliance, the Water & Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association (WWEMA), and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA).
A broad coalition of state and regional groups added their support and endorsement.