Time to Support the Cost of Clean Water

Posted November 22, 2010

By Eileen O'Neill, Chief Technical Officer, Water Environment Federation
 

It was great to be at a recent informal lunch at WEF headquarters, where former EPA assistant administrator for the Office of Water and respected WEF member Tracy Mehan shared his top water priorities with Federation staff. The wide-ranging discussion ran from the energy-water nexus, ‘save water, save energy, reduce carbon’, to nutrient pollution challenges, to a comprehensive watershed approach when addressing stormwater issues, ‘needs to work socially as well as hydrologically.’(See WEF’s Access Water Knowledge for more information on those topics.)  He also emphasized the importance of financial sustainability as a key aspect of environmental sustainability and the especially timely aspect of water infrastructure funding. (See WEF’s position statement on Financial Sustainability for Water Infrastructure.)
 

Tracy, who played a key role in development of the educational program Water Is Life and Infrastructure Makes It Happen ™, pointed out that cost-based pricing at the local level is needed in what will likely be a fiscally austere era at the Federal and State levels.  Water Is Life is designed to help water and wastewater service providers build public support to repair the nation’s aging water infrastructure and, by the way, Americans will pay to fix it, according to a recent study from ITT about the value of water.

 

Water Is Life is managed by WEF and  has already educated thousands  of residents in hundreds of  municipalities about the critical need to support and fund water infrastructure in order to maintain water quality standards and protect public health and the environment.  There’s never been a better time to support the cost of clean water, and there are lots of free tools and information to help you do just that at www.WaterIsLife.net.

 

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Posted November 22, 2010
It was great to be at a recent informal lunch at WEF headquarters, where former EPA assistant administrator for the Office of Water and respected WEF member Tracy Mehan shared his top water priorities with Federation staff.

Comments (4)


The link is www.Waterislife.com

Posted by: Liz Kirchner (ekirchner@aibs.org) on 04/11/2011

Thanks for the information and the report on these events.. it is appreciated.

Posted by: Aisha (joneyceel@gmail.com) on 08/21/2011

Thanks for posting the correct link Liz :)

Posted by: Josh (joshk@ionode.com.au) on 09/19/2011

Nice post, I love the way in which your site gather breaking news as a way to support us in our search for information. Please, continue the good work.

Posted by: Lionel Hardi (Speirs10@gmail.com) on 09/28/2011

Time to Support the Cost of Clean Water

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Time to Support the Cost of Clean Water

Posted November 22, 2010

By Eileen O'Neill, Chief Technical Officer, Water Environment Federation
 

It was great to be at a recent informal lunch at WEF headquarters, where former EPA assistant administrator for the Office of Water and respected WEF member Tracy Mehan shared his top water priorities with Federation staff. The wide-ranging discussion ran from the energy-water nexus, ‘save water, save energy, reduce carbon’, to nutrient pollution challenges, to a comprehensive watershed approach when addressing stormwater issues, ‘needs to work socially as well as hydrologically.’(See WEF’s Access Water Knowledge for more information on those topics.)  He also emphasized the importance of financial sustainability as a key aspect of environmental sustainability and the especially timely aspect of water infrastructure funding. (See WEF’s position statement on Financial Sustainability for Water Infrastructure.)
 

Tracy, who played a key role in development of the educational program Water Is Life and Infrastructure Makes It Happen ™, pointed out that cost-based pricing at the local level is needed in what will likely be a fiscally austere era at the Federal and State levels.  Water Is Life is designed to help water and wastewater service providers build public support to repair the nation’s aging water infrastructure and, by the way, Americans will pay to fix it, according to a recent study from ITT about the value of water.

 

Water Is Life is managed by WEF and  has already educated thousands  of residents in hundreds of  municipalities about the critical need to support and fund water infrastructure in order to maintain water quality standards and protect public health and the environment.  There’s never been a better time to support the cost of clean water, and there are lots of free tools and information to help you do just that at www.WaterIsLife.net.

 

Posted by Stephanie Barringer at 11/22/2010 07:44:00 AM | 


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The link is www.Waterislife.com
Posted by: Liz Kirchner ( Email ) at 4/11/2011 4:50 PM


Thanks for the information and the report on these events.. it is appreciated.
Posted by: Aisha ( Email | Visit ) at 8/21/2011 2:32 AM


Thanks for posting the correct link Liz :)
Posted by: Josh ( Email | Visit ) at 9/19/2011 7:34 PM


Nice post, I love the way in which your site gather breaking news as a way to support us in our search for information. Please, continue the good work.
Posted by: Lionel Hardi ( Email | Visit ) at 9/28/2011 7:31 AM


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Eileen O'Neill, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Water Environment Federation
 

Eileen O’Neill is the Executive Director of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of more than 36,000 water quality professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Va.

Most recently WEF's deputy executive director, Dr. O’Neill has worked with the Federation for just over 20 years in a variety of positions including with responsibility for oversight of WEF’s technical, international, and communications programs and served as the organization’s chief technical officer before becoming deputy executive director in late 2011.

Before joining WEF she worked as an academic and in environmental consulting in the US and in Europe.  She has a B.S. in Soil Science from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (UK) and a Ph.D. in Soil Science from the University of Aberdeen (U.K.) and undertook a postdoctoral traineeship in Environmental Toxicology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
 


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