In rural and urban areas across the country, aging water infrastructure and lack of access to clean water are negatively affecting American health, economy and natural resources. Modernizing our nation’s water infrastructure is critical to strengthening our public health defenses and minimizing environmental impact.
With an historic $2.3 trillion infrastructure funding package currently before the Congress, we have the opportunity of a lifetime to highlight water’s essential role in America’s infrastructure and champion solutions that benefit every American.
Investments in water infrastructure have compelling economic paybacks, as well as making water more affordable and improving communities’ resilience in the face of climate change.
As part of Infrastructure Week 2021, Xylem hosted a virtual event, co-sonsored by the US Water Alliance, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) and the Water Environment Federation, where water sector leaders discussed possibilities for the future of America's water infrastructure. The expert panel shared perspectives on how to seize the moment to address legacy water infrastructure needs and modernize the nation’s water systems.
Panel participants included: Kishia Powell, Chief Operating Officer, DC Water; Andrew Sawyers, Director, Office of Wastewater Management, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Adam Krantz, CEO, National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA); George Hawkins, Founder and CEO, Moonshot Missions; and Patrick Decker, President and CEO, Xylem.