Get ready for Water Week 2021:  Water Week 2021 - April 25 - May 1, 2021.  More exciting details to come!

Plan to Engage Virtually during the 2021 Water Week, April 25th – May 1st!

With the continued uncertainly around COVID-19, the National Water Policy Fly-In partners have made the decision to not hold an in-person event in 2021. While we won’t be gathering in person, we will be working as Fly-In partners to bring you an informative, engaging Water Week virtual experience. With much of the work of D.C. and Capitol Hill being done remotely over the past eight months, we are confident that the virtual format of Water Week 2021 will successfully raise the profile of the water sector in D.C. and reach policymakers at a critical time. And we are hopeful that a virtual Water Week will reach new levels of engagement from across the water sector nationwide and lend our collective membership a strong voice during these challenging times.

With changes in Congress and the White House coming in January, there is a lot of buzz around federal water policy – and your engagement will be vital to advancing water sector’s priorities such as increasing federal infrastructure investment, addressing water affordability, supporting water research & development and making our critical infrastructure more resilient. The pandemic has underscored the critical role the water sector plays in ensuring the health and well-being for all communities, and 2021 will be a critical year for engaging with federal policymakers.

As a valued member of the water community, we put your health and safety above all else. We eagerly look forward to seeing you in person soon and appreciate your continued involvement and support as we all navigate these challenging times. Stay posted for additional information in early 2021 on Water Week virtual events, federal advocacy, and outreach materials. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]

Additionally, WEF’s Water Advocates grassroot program allows all WEF members and the public to write Congress at any time regarding the calls-to-action posted on the site, such as the current call-to-action to Congress urging support for water infrastructure funding be included in any coronavirus emergency relief and recovery package that includes funding for municipal infrastructure. 

By visiting the Water Week website, you can view resources that will be used to make a successful event!

We are all looking forward to Water Week 2021! 

Stay tuned for more information!

How to Virtually Participate in Water Week

HOW TO VIRTUALLY PARTICIPATE IN WATER WEEK

On Wed., April 29, WEF and our partners in the water sector, held a webinar – Water Week 2020 – Insights from Washington DC – that provides updates from two members of the EPA’s Office of Water Leadership, Andrew Sawyers and Jennifer McLain, and four Members of Congress:  Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Rep. John Katko (R- NY), Sen. John Boozman (R-AR), and Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA).

You can watch this webinar and listen to the comments from the Members of Congress on this page:  https://www.waterweek.us/#water-week-webinar

In addition, please continue to use the Water Week 2020 one pager and share it with your own Members of Congress as you reach out for support!

Thanks again for supporting our Water Week 2020!  Water Week 2020 may be over, but the need for WEF members to reach out on important priorities continues!

Water Week One Pager

  • Infographics: These infographics were created by WEF to be used in communicating the value of water and importance of investment in infrastructure. They can be used as handouts during discussions and shared on social media.
  • Suggested Activities:
    • Contact your congressional office: Contact the offices of your members of Congress. Let them know it is Water Week and voice your support for the policy asks. Invite them to visit a water facility or project. 

    • Post to social media: Be active on social media. Use #WaterWeek2020 in your posts. Voice support for funding and policies outlined in the document. Tag your members of Congress. Follow and share posts from WEF on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

    • Publish an op-ed or blog: Use the policy request document as the basis for an op-ed for the local newspaper or blog for your website. Include local examples of why water is important and why investment is needed.

    • Join WEF’s Water Advocates: It is a grassroots advocacy program that makes it easy for WEF members to engage with their federal elected officials on matters of importance to the water sector. Membership is free and you will raise your profile among your water professional colleagues as a champion for our sector. 

If you have any questions about Water Week, please contact Steve Dye at [email protected].

Thank you for adding your voice to WEF’s advocacy for water!

Future Water Week Dates

Water Week 2021
April 25 - May 1, 2021

Water Week 2022
April 24 - April 30, 2022

For more information, please visit https://www.waterweek.us/

WEF, AMWA, AWWA, NACWA, USWA, WateReuse, WRF, and WWEMA have agreed upon these future dates.

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