Along with several other national water associations, the Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association (WWEMA) participated in a Congressional Briefing on Water Infrastructure Technology on March 18, 2021. The briefing focused on the importance of water infrastructure to the economy, public and environmental health, and resiliency, as well as ways to reduce barriers to technology acceptance and utilizing SMART technology to ensure the maximum impact of future infrastructure investments. The briefing, which was moderated by Peter Grevatt, CEO of the Water Research Foundation and George Hawkins, Founder and CEO of Moonshot Missions, provided a unique opportunity for WWEMA to advocate for these important issues for our members and betterment of the overall water technology manufacturer, utility, and rate payer groups.

Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) and U.S. Congressman John Katko (R-NY) provided presentations about opportunities smart water technology offers. Additionally, several WWEMA-member companies provided presentations. Specifically, Xylem, Inc. staff including Al Cho, Vice President and General Manager for Advanced Infrastructure Analytics and Dr. Lindsay Birt, Client Solutions Manager spoke. Additionally, Jim Proctor, Vice President and General Counsel, McWane, Inc. provided insight into legislative opportunities to advance the adoption of smart and innovative water technologies. And WWEMA Executive Director, Vanessa Leiby, offered a presentation about the value of creating a national technology clearinghouse. A copy of the detailed meeting agenda is available HERE.

Additional resources related to this issue, including two policy briefing papers, model legislation, and case studies on the adoption of water technology are accessible HERE. The two policy papers are Urgent Funding and Policy Considerations and Investing in a Smart Water Infrastructure Future. A recording of the briefing will soon be available. If you would like a copy, please contact Vanessa at vanessa@wwema.org.