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Louisville MSD Announces Founding Membership in National Water Coalition
Louisville MSD (Metropolitan Sewer District) has joined with other utilities as part of the newly launched American Business Water Coalition (ABWC). The coalition, which was officially announced on June 13, 2023, “…provides businesses with a platform to urge Congress to increase investment in water infrastructure and ensure access to safe, reliable, and affordable water for all.”
Louisville MSD joins Seattle Public Utilities and the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans as the organization’s founding members from public utilities.
Tony Parrott, CEO of Louisville MSD, said, “Louisville MSD is a key provider of three services in one utility – wastewater collection and treatment, stormwater management, and flood protection.
“Without these services, people cannot live, work, or play in our community. From a business perspective, economic growth and vitality cannot be achieved sustainably without what we do. Louisville MSD is excited to participate in the Business Water Coalition as a way to bring more voices of advocacy to a dialogue on water infrastructure needs and legislative support.”Tony Parrott, Louisville MSD
The coalition’s executive team is led by Mae Stevens. Stevens explained, “Every business is dependent on our nation’s water infrastructure, and underinvestment is costing American businesses every day. The federal government currently pays less than five percent of the investment into our nation’s water infrastructure, leaving the other 95 percent of investment to come from the general public. 83 percent of water utilities in the U.S. believe that they cannot maintain a state of good repair without external funding. We need Congress and the Administration to recognize how widespread this situation is and provide adequate funding for this life-sustaining sector.”
To meet the essential wastewater, drinking water, and stormwater infrastructure needs of the nation, ABWC estimates that U.S. communities will need at least $1 trillion over the next 25 years if water infrastructure is to keep pace with growth and demand.
Current and future ABWC members will have opportunities to help secure long-term water infrastructure funding, which, once achieved, would create 800,000 new jobs.
About American Business Water Coalition
The American Business Water Coalition is a group of water-reliant businesses—from manufacturing to energy to tech and beyond. The coalition provides a platform for businesses across the country to urge Congress and the Administration to increase investment in water infrastructure, and foster relationships between businesses and their local utilities. Learn more about the coalition here: https://www.businesswatercoalition.com/
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