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Water Week

April 24 – 30, 2022

The water sector has achieved many federal policy accomplishments over the past few years to help ensure communities have safe, reliable and affordable clean water and drinking water – culminating with the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021. But there is more work to be done! In April 2022, water professionals from around the country convened for Water Week to engage federally elected officials and key policymakers about the importance of water recycling nationwide.

Water Reuse in The Hill

“Now is a moment of great opportunity for our leaders to reap the many benefits of recycled water.”

For Water Week 2022, WateReuse Association’s Executive Director Patricia Sinicropi and President Craig Lichty laid out the path forward for water recycling in The Hill.

National Policy Fly-In

Wednesday, April 27

Hosted by NACWA, the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the Water Research Foundation (WRF), and the WaterReuse Association.

Sharon Nappier and Michael Brain at 2022 Water Week

The National Water Policy Fly-In kicked off with inspiring remarks on the future of water from Radhika Fox, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA). Fox highlighted the historic infrastructure investment package passed last year by Congress and discussed the Biden Administration’s key commitments to climate resiliency, supporting disadvantaged communities, and addressing water challenges such as contaminants of emerging concern and cybersecurity. Each director at U.S. EPA’s Office of Water laid out the agency’s roadmap for driving progress on the Administration’s goals and plans to meet key milestones in a myriad of rulemakings, studies, and initiatives essential to the health and safety of the nation’s waters. U.S. EPA’s National Water Reuse Program Director, Sharon Nappier, brought water reuse to the mainstage for the policy fly-in, sharing the work of the National Water Reuse Action Plan and noting that “we’re trying to normalize water reuse as part of how we do business as a water sector.”

Members of Congress closed out the session’s programming. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), reiterated the Committee’s commitment to working with and supporting the water sector. Carper’s colleague, Senator Shelly Capito (R-WV), Ranking Member of EPW, discussed the impact of federal water programs and policy on local communities in West Virginia. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) highlighted local activities, from major upgrades made by DC Water to the congresswoman’s earmark request for a feasibility study to improve the resiliency of the capital’s water supply.


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