Water Online: “Congress Considers Green Infrastructure Bill”

Increasing numers of municipalities are turning  to green infrastructure to improve water quality and manage stormwater, and Congress is considering legislation designed to support this trend.

“The Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act, introduced in both the House and Senate, would require the U.S. EPA to conduct outreach and training on green infrastructure through its regional offices. It also would establish a new office in the EPA to assist cities and other local governments with technical issues in complying with the Clean Water Act,” according to the Washington Examiner.

 

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The Value of Water Campaign, “The Economic Benefits of Investing in Water Infrastructure”

The Value of Water Campaign commissioned an economic impact analysis to understand how increasing investments in the nation’s water infrastructure can affect economic growth and employment. The study reviews the projected capital needs of water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities, and estimates the associated economic benefits that would be realized if the nation chose to make these investments. These benefits include the economic opportunities created by water infrastructure projects, the long-term productivity savings to the customers of water utilities, as well as the avoided costs of frequent disruptions in water and wastewater service to business. Because many sectors are reliant on water, a disruption of water and wastewater service, even for one day, can cost businesses significant amounts of revenue and almost instantly shrink the annual national Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

 

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Water Online: “AWWA Launches Buried No Longer Tool, Highlights WIFIA During Infrastructure Week”

As part of its observance of Infrastructure Week, the American Water Works Association announced the launch of its new Buried No Longer (BNL) tool.

The BNL online tool offers water and wastewater utilities the opportunity to accurately forecast the cost of their water and wastewater pipe repair and replacement needs. It provides cost estimates and financial deferrals based on inputted data by a utility and is broken down by pipe size or material. Twenty-nine graphical outputs are generated to create a profile that is reflective of a community’s unique infrastructure needs.

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Business Insider, U.S. Mayors to Participate in Infrastructure Week

WASHINGTON, DC–(Marketwired – May 12, 2017) – On the heels of President Trump reaching 100 days in office, U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, USCM Infrastructure Task Force Chair Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and other mayoral leaders from across the country will add their voices to the need for additional infrastructure investment at events in the nation’s capital during Infrastructure Week (May 15-19).

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