Water Infrastructure Investment: We Can All Be Partners in Progress

 

Posted By: Sandra Ralston
April 9, 2013
 

 

The nation’s water infrastructure is woefully in need of repair and upgrading to protect public health and create jobs. And in fact, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the nation's drinking and wastewater infrastructure a D grade in its recently released 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure.

The good news is that awareness about the state of this most vital service and the reinvestment needed to address it is growing. Clean water is an essential common denominator in everyone’s quality of life, and the need for infrastructure investment is the subject of concerted efforts in the water community to build awareness and support.

The National Water Infrastructure Summit takes place April 16 in Washington, where the need for resilient water infrastructure systems and the impact on job creation and a strong financial future will be discussed by a panel of national experts on water and economics. This event is a key activity of the Water forJobs: Water Puts America to Work (WFJ) campaign, which has the support of 18 national partners and 34 of its Member Associations representing more than 31,000 water quality professionals.  The Summit is free and will be discussed in the social media orbit and live video-streamed to spread the word as widely as possible.

Following the Summit is the popular Fly-In on April 17 and 18, when water professionals will meet with legislative leaders and decision-makers to carry a united message about the value of water and infrastructure investment. The Fly-In is co-sponsored by the American Water Works Association and WEF, another example of how partners can work effectively together to raise public awareness.

I am very much looking forward to participating in both of these programs. And I hope you will join us for the Summit and help to make water infrastructure reinvestment a priority for your community.

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 The nation’s water infrastructure is woefully in need of repair and upgrading to protect public health and create jobs. And in fact, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the nation's drinking and wastewater infrastructure a D grade in its recently released 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure.

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Water Infrastructure Investment: We Can All Be Partners in Progress

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Water Infrastructure Investment: We Can All Be Partners in Progress

 

Posted By: Sandra Ralston
April 9, 2013
 

 

The nation’s water infrastructure is woefully in need of repair and upgrading to protect public health and create jobs. And in fact, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the nation's drinking and wastewater infrastructure a D grade in its recently released 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure.

The good news is that awareness about the state of this most vital service and the reinvestment needed to address it is growing. Clean water is an essential common denominator in everyone’s quality of life, and the need for infrastructure investment is the subject of concerted efforts in the water community to build awareness and support.

The National Water Infrastructure Summit takes place April 16 in Washington, where the need for resilient water infrastructure systems and the impact on job creation and a strong financial future will be discussed by a panel of national experts on water and economics. This event is a key activity of the Water forJobs: Water Puts America to Work (WFJ) campaign, which has the support of 18 national partners and 34 of its Member Associations representing more than 31,000 water quality professionals.  The Summit is free and will be discussed in the social media orbit and live video-streamed to spread the word as widely as possible.

Following the Summit is the popular Fly-In on April 17 and 18, when water professionals will meet with legislative leaders and decision-makers to carry a united message about the value of water and infrastructure investment. The Fly-In is co-sponsored by the American Water Works Association and WEF, another example of how partners can work effectively together to raise public awareness.

I am very much looking forward to participating in both of these programs. And I hope you will join us for the Summit and help to make water infrastructure reinvestment a priority for your community.

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WEF President
 

Sandra Ralston is the 2013–2014 President of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of water quality professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Va.Sandra is currently a Principal Consultant with Malcolm Pirnie, The Water Division of ARCADIS in Charleston, S.C. She also participates on the Business Council of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and as a Strategic Partner for the International City/County Managers Association.

A WEF member since 1989, Sandra served as the chair of the WEF Government Affairs Committee from 2005- 2008, with particular focus on increasing outreach to Member Association government affairs committees, conducting the national discussion of what the next 35 years of the Clean Water Act should be, and engaging a wider community of stakeholders to talk about the future of wet weather policy. She was a member of the Committee Leadership Council development working group and served as Chair of the Stakeholder Focus Group in 2007. She also served on the planning committee for the Utility Management Conference.

Also a member of the Indiana Water Environment Association, Sandra was IWEA President from 2002-2003, served as chair of IWEA’s annual conference program, and represented IWEA at annual WEFMAX meetings.

She received a BA from the University of Colorado and an MBA from George Washington University.
 

 


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