The Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Assn. (WWEMA) participated in several of this week’s 2016 Infrastructure Week events, beginning with Monday’s kick-off event held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and culminating with the May 18 Advocacy Day on the Hill and a reception hosted by the U.S. Water Alliance.
WWEMA was one of 150 affiliate organizations that joined the steering committee members and Congressional co-chairs to spread the word that “Infrastructure Matters.” Mayors, business leaders, manufacturers, utilities and industry organizations across all infrastructure came together in Washington, D.C., and held events across the country to emphasize the importance of building/rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure.
“WWEMA is pleased to have played an important role in elevating the importance of water infrastructure during Infrastructure Week, held this week in Washington, D.C., and in events around the country,” said WWEMA Executive Director Vanessa Leiby, who carried this message to members of Congress during the Advocacy Day on the Hill. “We have a critically important message to share about public health and environmental protection, highlighted most recently by the lead drinking water crisis in Flint, Mich. Our nation’s water infrastructure needs federal, state, local and private funding and the political will to make change happen.”
WWEMA specifically expressed support of much-needed water and wastewater infrastructure funding measures introduced by Congress in several recent bills, including the Senate version of the Water Resources Development Act.
Since 1908, WWEMA has informed, educated and provided leadership on the issues that shape the future of the water and wastewater industry. Its member companies supply products and technologies, offering solutions to water-related environmental problems and needs facing today’s society. For more information, visit www.wwema.org.