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Timed for World Water Day 2016, the Obama Administration is holding the first ever White House Water Summit to announce a new initiative aimed at building a sustainable water future.  WaterNow Alliance will be attending this landmark event, along with other water experts, practitioners and stakeholders, to discuss how the federal government can work with the water community to advance cross-cutting, creative water solutions. The Summit will focus on innovative strategies that will catalyze change in how we use, conserve, protect, and think about water in the years to come.

Following the Paris Climate Agreement, the White House is connecting the dots between the changing climate and water - and specifically the need to accelerate water innovation and sustainability as central to our future water security.  It's clear that the time is now to work together across all levels (federal, state, local) and sectors (private, public) to develop and scale sustainable, integrated, and long-term water-management strategies.

Part of the White House’s initiative asked Summit participants, and others, to submit commitments towards building a more resilient water future. WaterNow Alliance’s commitment was selected for inclusion in their initiative as we expand our network of water leaders focused on advancing sustainable water solutions, with the goal of reaching communities that touch at least 10 million people by the end of 2016.

How will we do this?  We’re building a network of water utility leaders interested in jumpstarting innovative local water solutions. Next week, we’re holding our Inaugural Water Summit - bringing together leaders from Arizona, Colorado, California, New Mexico and Utah and connecting them with data, innovators, thought leaders, new ideas, and resources to breakdown barriers and catalyze change in their communities.

Together with our partners like the National League of Cities, we believe that a resilient future will be built on collaboration; strategic partnerships are central to the WaterNow Alliance approach. We can’t do this alone - we encourage you to get involved with us.

One of the most consequential things the White House can do is use its convening power to focus public attention on critical issues. As a changing climate perpetuates some of the worst drought and challenges to local water supplies that we’ve seen in history, we’re proud to be a part of this landmark event that is addressing these issues head on.

 

More Information:
White House Fact Sheet
Presidential Memorandum

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