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As Rates Rise, Cleveland Water And Sewer Grapples With Affordability

Elizabeth Miller, ideastream
February 8, 2019

Across the Great Lakes, water rates are rising. In Cleveland, rates have more than doubled in the last eight years. In 2010, an average family of four paid $630.41 for water and sewer. Seven years later, that number is around $1249.29.

Great Lakes Today and American Public Media looked at water rates and shut-off data across the Great Lakes region and found that as cities incr ease water and sewer rates, shut-offs for non-payment are concentrated in poor communities and | Read more ›

Why Many In The Great Lakes Region Can't Afford Basic Drinking Water

Elizabeth Miller, NPR
February 8, 2019

The Great Lakes are one of the world's largest sources of fresh water. But an investigation from American Public Media and Great Lakes Today finds the cost of that water has doubled or tripled.

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The Great Lakes are one of the largest sources of fresh water in the world. They run more than 750 miles across eight states from Minnesota to New York. With so much fresh water, you would think that drinking water would be affordable | Read more ›

Water Rates Increase in Buffalo, N.Y.

Water & Wastes Digest
December 18, 2018

This year in Buffalo, N.Y., both property taxes and garbage user fees went up in the city. These increases were the first ones of its kind since 2006.

According to The Buffalo News, residents above the poverty line will now see their water bills increase by $5 a month beginning Jan. 1, 2019, under a new rate structure from the Buffalo Water Board.

Low-income customers will get a $60 annual credit on their water bills and will not see an increase in rates, according to The | Read more ›

Imagine a Day Without Water Radio Tour Reaches over 1.6 million Listeners

The Value of Water Campaign
October 15, 2018

The fourth annual Imagine a Day Without Water was covered extensively in print and broadcast outlets across the country, helping us elevate the importance of water and wastewater infrastructure in America. The Value of Water Campaign secured earned radio placements to share our message and spotlight efforts taking place in local communities. Kip Peterson, Vice President for Engagement with the US Water Alliance, represented the Value of Water Campaign and participated in | Read more ›

WRDA Bill Heads to Trump, but Drinking Water Issues Remain

Annie Snider
October 10, 2018

Congress approved some of the most significant updates to the country's drinking water management in two decades Wednesday, at a time when the safety of tap water has become a major concern for many Americans — but the new changes on their own aren't expected to fix some of the most pressing problems.

The Senate's passage of the Water Resources Development Act, dubbed the America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, S. 3021 (115), gives lawmakers a major achievement to tout back | Read more ›

US Drinking Water Supply Is at Risk from Deteriorating Pipes

Bonner Cohen, Washington Examiner
September 22, 2018

As prospects fade for bipartisan infrastructure legislation, a new report highlights the dire consequences to public health and safety that will result from continued deterioration of the nation’s underground water networks.

Beset by over 300,000 water main breaks each year, America’s underground water pipes are showing the effects of age and chronic corrosion. “The signs of distress surface daily as water mains break causing floods and service disruptions,” the study notes. “The | Read more ›

Rising Demand, Aging Infrastructure Create Water Challenges

Eric Berman, WIBC
August 13, 2018

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Those water main breaks you've been seeing every so often are just a symptom of an expensive long-term problem.

A 2014 study found Indiana's combination of manufacturing and farming makes it the most water-dependent economy in the U.S. Hydrologist Jack Wittman says irrigation and groundwater use have continued rising. He says the state and its water utilities need to start planning now for how much water Hoosiers will need, and how to get it to customers. He says | Read more ›

One water, one future: Iowa ag leaders share farmers’ perspective on water quality

The Messenger
July 22, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS — Where does drinking water come from? Many people don’t have a clue, even though water quality remains a hot topic in the news and at national conferences like the One Water Summit in Minneapolis.

“More than half (54 percent) of people we polled have no idea where their water comes from,” said David Metz, president of FM3 Research, a California-based company that conducts public policy-oriented opinion research. “Another 23 percent guessed wrong, and only 23 percent | Read more ›

Raising the Bar for Federal Investments in Water Infrastructure

Sara Schwartz - Science Network Mentor Program Participant - The Union of Concerned Scientists
May 15, 2018

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When news of the Flint water crisis broke headlines, 21 million people across the country relied on water systems that violated health standards. Low-income communities, minority populations, and rural towns disproportionately deal with barriers to safe water. Drinking water challenges are complex: failing infrastructure, polluted water sources, and low capacity utility management are all part of the issue. | Read more ›

Philadelphia International Airport Suffers Water Main Burst

Water & Wastes Digest
May 8, 2018

Service was restored in the evening of May 7, 2018

On Monday May 7, 2018, the Philadelphia International Airport suffered a significant water main break, depriving the facility of water pressure to all terminals for several hours. Water services were eventually restored by 8 p.m., roughly three hours after the initial burst.

The main break, which was 24 in. in size, occurred under the economy parking lot. After water pressure was cut off, water fountains and toilets ceased to | Read more ›