Resilient and sustainable water and wastewater infrastructure is essential to securing safe drinking water, public health, a clean environment, and American jobs. However, water and wastewater sectors face severe challenges in meeting these needs as a result of aging assets, funding shortfalls, operational and staffing difficulties, and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. As Congress considers additional funding to help meet these challenges, it should ensure that we build back better by incentivizing the adoption of new, sustainable water technology. Smart water technologies present opportunities to leapfrog decades of underinvestment in the way water infrastructure is designed, constructed, and operated, to ensure increased efficiency, affordability, and public health benefits.
Moderated by Peter Grevatt of the Water Research Foundation and George Hawkins of Moonshot Missions, this briefing will convene congressional policymakers, water and wastewater infrastructure thought leaders, and key industry stakeholders to explore new policy and technology solutions to this growing crisis.