Join The Effort
Water connects us all and brings people and organizations together in cooperation. As the need for environmental stewardship and proper resource management intensifies and budget deficits become more widespread, communities are increasingly turning to new tools used by the private water sector for solutions. When communities optimize their water and wastewater systems through technical and operational innovations, the benefits in service improvements, environmental impacts and cost savings for the public can be immediately realized.
But none of this life-changing work can be done by one company, organization or country alone; it must be done in partnership. We are proud to collaborate with a diverse group of organizations on several nationwide and global programs. Following are a few we're most proud of, as well as some actions you can take to jump-start water sustainability in your area.
Water is Your Business
Sustainable, safe and reliable water service is the lifeblood of every community, and it is a critical part of the physical platform of the U.S. economy. As co-founders of the Water is Your Business program together with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Let's Rebuild America initiative, we are helping to advocate for the need to modernize and invest in our nation's water infrastructure.
Water is Your Business provides business and community leaders with the resources they need to be more constructive in their local discussions on water infrastructure needs. Through a network of active online community pages and a series of locally hosted events, the program raises awareness of the significant economic and ecological impacts of water provision, use and disposal on communities everywhere, and spotlights true stories of solutions, successful public-private partnerships and the bold leaders that oversee these implementations.
We invite you to sign-up to learn more about Water is Your Business and get updates on water issues. Visit www.WaterisYourBusiness.org today and learn how infrastructure can support jobs in your community.
Conservation and the efficient use of water are important for sustainability, even if water sometimes seems abundant. Saving water is saving money, and by providing information about the true cost of water and wastewater services, people will be able to make more informed decisions about water infrastructure issues.
We are proud to partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense program to help Americans make smart choices about their water consumption, such as selecting water-efficient products and using rain barrels. As of 2010, WaterSense has helped households and businesses save a cumulative 46 billion gallons of water and $343 million in water bills.
Think you have what it takes to conserve water? Test your WaterSense here.
The EPA also highlights the community of people and organizations supporting sustainable water through its "Water is Worth It" campaign. Take a look and join the effort here.
As a supporter of the International Federation of Private Water Operators, known as AquaFed, we offer our expertise to global water organizations such as the World Bank and the United Nations, that are working to ensure that all people throughout the world have access to the water and sanitation they need for public health and economic growth.
There is no question that everyone supports a sustainable water plan for all countries, and experts understand that non-governmental service providers are just as passionate about solving global water issues as any other group with respect to the UN recognition of the Right to Water and Sanitation. We believe that in the end, no matter the delivery model a community chooses — public and/or private — the biggest mistake would be to rule out any options that could help alleviate the pain caused by a lack of safe water. To learn more about how global leaders can help make sustainable water decisions, click here and go to our Water Box document.
We also invite you to view the National Geographic Special Issue on Water featuring stories and breathtaking photography from around the world.