The Water Council: “An important and critical step in fostering new, innovative procedures and products in the marketplace and in communities that would help address these tremendous national challenges.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – New legislation introduced Monday by U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin received strong support from The Water Council, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and National Association of Clean Water Agencies.
“The time has come where we as a nation have to face up to the reality that we have some very pressing issues with respect to the water resources that we use to keep our manufacturers operating and our citizens safe,” stated Dean Amhaus, President and CEO of The Water Council. “Senator Baldwin’s proposed legislation will be an important and critical step in fostering new, innovative procedures and products in the marketplace and in communities that would help address these tremendous national challenges.”
Examples of Water Technologies being developed in partnership with the Water Council
"We applaud Senator Baldwin's bill which promotes a needed focus on the development of innovative water technologies. The Milwaukee region has for years been fostering the development of energy efficiencies in water treatment, resource recovery, and green infrastructure through partnerships between the City of Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and The Water Council. These efforts have helped Milwaukee take a lead nationally and internationally in promoting water technology for the 21st Century,” said Kevin Shafer, Executive Director, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District.
The United States is facing enormous infrastructure maintenance and investment costs for the water infrastructure we depend on to deliver safe drinking water and safely treat wastewater. The American Water Works Association estimates that in the next 25 years, investment costs are more than a billion dollars to keep our water system functioning properly, and to avoid costly and hazardous pipe breaks. Estimated costs for wastewater treatment systems are even higher. As communities consider how to keep residents safe in the most effective way, they need new strategies—from innovations in water technology—that can help reduce these substantial costs.
"The clean water sector is moving rapidly toward transforming itself into a resource recovery sector that recycles nutrients, recovers water for reuse, brings cutting-edge research and innovative technology to the market to create jobs and economic growth. Senator Baldwin’s bill will help accelerate this transformation to the Utility of the Future. NACWA applauds Senator Baldwin’s leadership and is pleased to support this legislation,” said National Association of Clean Water Agencies CEO Adam Krantz.
Senator Baldwin’s Water Technology Acceleration Act would accelerate the development and deployment of water technologies to solve our most pressing water challenges, including lead safety, phosphorous reduction, and treatment of bacteria and nitrates.
“In Wisconsin, we are leading the development of these new solutions. The Water Council and its partners—from our research labs to the many companies in our region—are doing incredible work to find innovative new ways to better test, monitor, treat, and deliver water,” Senator Baldwin said. “We need to strongly support this work because their innovation will change how communities respond to water crises, improve public health, and help us address water scarcity.”
Senator Baldwin’s reforms would create a federal role for accelerating the testing, deployment and encouraging the commercialization of technologies, including pipes with smart sensors that can tell you when water is contaminated or when water pressure is dropping. The legislation would also help accelerate technologies to address livestock waste treatment systems, green infrastructure, and updated stream gauges, which can help reduce the costs of variety of water problems, such as upgrading water infrastructure and treating manure that runs into surface waters.