Annual "Water Matters! Fly-In" Attracts Hundreds of Industry Professionals to D.C.
More than 140 water utility leaders from the United States took part in hundreds of meetings with members of Congress in March to elevate the importance of investing in water infrastructure.
The utility leaders were part of the American Water Works Association's (AWWA) "Water Matters! Fly-In," an annual event that places water issues front and center in the halls of Congress. AWWA members, alongside several other water sector organizations, called on Congress to renew water infrastructure by supporting federal, state and local funding partnerships.
"Addressing the challenges related to aging infrastructure and the corresponding need for affordable funding has been an ongoing theme of the AWWA Fly-In. AWWA delegates should take a lot of pride in making a difference by having successful meetings with their respective members of Congress and their staff," says Nate Weisenburger, AE2S Drinking Water Practice Leader.
"Our nation is facing an investment crisis, with $1 trillion needed over the next 25 years if we are to maintain current levels of water service for a growing population," said Tracy Mehan, AWWA Executive Director of Government Affairs. "The longer this investment is delayed, the more expensive it will become. This is truly a bipartisan issue, with Democrats and Republicans alike agreeing it is time to find a solution."