Come Celebrate! It's Infrastructure Week 2016

Water agencies join groups around the nation to address America's deferred maintenance crisis, highlight areas of innovation, and ground breaking for new projects

On Monday, May 16, the Value of Water Coalition kicked off Infrastructure Week and a national tour of innovators in the water sector. The Value of Water Local Innovators Tour celebrates and spotlights innovative solutions to the nation's water infrastructure crisis during Infrastructure Week (May 16-22). Participating cities will explain why water infrastructure matters to their communities and the nation.

Cleveland, Ohio
Monday May 16 - Friday, May 20
Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District kicked off a week of activities with "Someone Forgot to Pay America's Water Infrastructure Bill" presentation at the City Club of Cleveland on Wednesday, May 11. The activities continue with an up-close-and-personal sewer walk for media, a green infrastructure tour for elected officials, and a "Sewer U" seminar series for the general public. 

Norfolk, Virginia
Monday, May 16 - Friday, May 20
Hampton Roads Sanitation District takes you on a virtual tour of a $156 million project to upgrade its Virginia Initiative Plant in Norfolk by enhancing its ability to remove nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) from wastewater, increasing the hydraulic capacity so the plant can treat additional flows during storms, and replacing aging equipment to improve operations. See how this project will protect public health, improve water quality, enhance reliable wastewater treatment and provide jobs for contractors and their suppliers. 

Hampton Roads, Virginia
Monday, May 16 - 11 a.m. to noon
The Hampton Roads Sanitation District hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for a new wastewater pump station, which will replace a facility that was first built in 1945. Speakers include Hampton Mayor George Wallace and Molly Joseph Ward, Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources.

Camden, New Jersey
Tuesday, May 17 - 11 a.m. to noon
American Water and the City of Camden hosted a press event to announce a major milestone in a public-private partnership to improve water and wastewater services, and provide workforce training and skill development in the community. Speakers include Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd and Sharon Cameron, president of American Water Enterprises.

Alexandria, Virginia
Tuesday, May 17 - 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Thursday May 19 - 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Behind-the-scenes tours for press and elected officials demonstrate how Alexandria Renew Enterprises transforms 13 billion gallons of wastewater each year into reclaimed water, clean energy and nutrient-rich soil amendment. The tour will also preview the new LEED Platinum Environmental Center and innovative nutrient management facility and adjacent athletic field, the only one of its kind in the country.

Chicago, Illinois
Saturday, May 21 - 9 a.m. to noon
A day of open houses is scheduled at six of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago's six water treatment plants across the Chicago region. The open houses offer an exclusive look at plant operations and stormwater management practices. MWRD is also giving away hundreds of free potted oak tree saplings to restore the region's depleted canopy and help reduce flooding.

Infrastructure Week 2016 is led by a steering committee consisting of the AFL-CIO, the American Society of Civil Engineers, Building America's Future, Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program, the National Association of Manufacturers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Value of Water Coalition. Find out more at www.infrastructureweek.org. Follow the conversation on Twitter, @InfraWeek and #InfrastructureMatters.



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