U.S. Chamber Promotes "Water Is Your Business" Series

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) has launched the "Water is Your Business" series to educate public leaders, businesses, and citizens on the importance of water infrastructure to public and environmental health, and the economic vitality of their communities.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) has launched the "Water is Your Business" series to educate public leaders, businesses, and citizens on the importance of water infrastructure to public and environmental health, and the economic vitality of their communities. The kickoff event in Miami, FL, brought together more than 50 business leaders to examine drinking and wastewater infrastructure needs in the context of regional water management issues.

South Florida water experts discussed the need for adequate water supplies for economic development and population growth, innovative alternatives to groundwater withdrawal, and the beneficial reuse of wastewater. Elected officials and business leaders presented specific examples of how innovative and sustainable water infrastructure practices can improve the economic competitiveness for businesses and the quality of life in local communities.

"Sustainable, safe and reliable water service is the lifeblood of every community," said NAWC Executive Director Michael Deane. "The education of business leaders is the right first step on the road to sparking a national dialogue."

Poised to be held in additional cities across the country, the "Water is Your Business" series raises awareness of the significant economic and ecological impacts of water provision, use and disposal on communities everywhere. Each local dialogue will focus on providing business and community leaders with tools and resources needed to be constructive and influential participants in the discussion on water infrastructure needs. The series is co-hosted by local area chambers of commerce.

"The Chamber recognizes that water infrastructure is a critical part of the physical platform of the U.S. economy," said Janet Kavinoky, U.S. Chamber director of Transportation and Infrastructure. "Unfortunately, it is out of sight, out of mind, until a pipe breaks or supplies run low. We want to raise awareness of the needs and potential solutions, in particular, the role of the private sector in delivering sustainable water systems." WW

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