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Water Leaders Launch New Center to Accelerate Action on Global Water and Sustainability Challenges
[June 15, 2022]

Water Leaders Launch New Center to Accelerate Action on Global Water and Sustainability Challenges


Water sector leaders, including academia, technology providers, trade associations and NGOs, are partnering in a new consortium to accelerate solutions to the world's critical water and sustainability challenges. The Reservoir Center for Water Solutions, located in Washington, DC, will serve as a global collaboration hub to advance breakthrough water solutions and innovations.

Located on the banks of the Anacostia River, the Reservoir Center is designed to strengthen collaboration among the diverse set of stakeholders, from DC and beyond, who work together towards solving global water challenges. The Center's thirty-three partners - including the US Water Alliance, the International Water Association, EarthEcho International, the Aspen Institute, and Reservoir sponsor and global water technology company, Xylem - will bring together their resources, knowledge, and partnerships to drive progress.

Through innovation programs, education and mentoring, and community outreach, the Center aims to create a vibrant hub for ideation and action on challenges like water scarcity, resilience and water affordability.

"We're at a critical juncture for water," said Mami Hara, CEO of the US Water Alliance. "Infrastructure stimulus and innovation mean we are now better placed than ever to address challenges around investment in water, climate resilience, water equity, and more. The Reservoir Center will be an important catalyst for progress - providing a common ground to advance knowledge sharing, cultivate partnerships and foster inclusive participation."

Kate Jaffee, Assistant Director, Environment & Climate, Aspen Institute said, "We're pleased to join with the other partners in the establishment of the Reservoir Center. Water sits at the center of so many of our global challenges. With this consortium, we pave the way for deeper, more inclusive dialogue - and bold action - on one of the major issues of our time."

"Establishing the Reservoir Center is a commitment to strengthening collaboration within the water sector, and to strengthening water's voice beyond it," said Patrick Decker, president and CEO of Xylem. "The Center will be a hub for those interested in helping solve the world's water challenges to come toether, deepen relationships, break down barriers and fast-track solutions. It's a place where, together, we can write the next chapter for water and continue our work towards a more sustainable world."



The Reservoir Center will be formally opened later today, during a ceremony attended by public officials from the U.S. and abroad, as well as a broad array of water affiliates and industry stakeholders. During the event, city officials from Washington, DC and retired National Football League (NFL) player and two-time Super Bowl champion, Chris Long, will deliver welcoming remarks. Established in 2015, the Chris Long Foundation's Waterboys initiative unites elite athletes and passionate fans in support of a single shared cause - providing clean, accessible drinking water to communities in need.

Ahead of its launch, the Center has already hosted a variety of ramp-up events ranging from river clean-ups, networking gatherings, and webinars, including a multi-stakeholder discussion on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Following the launch today, the Center will host a two-day discussion titled "Mobilizing Innovation to Advance Climate Resilience in the Water Sector" on June 21 and 22.


For more information about The Reservoir Center for Water Solutions and its upcoming events, click here.

Notes

Affiliates of the Reservoir Center include: Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, Alliance for Water Efficiency, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Water Works Association, Anacostia Riverkeeper, Anacostia Watershed Society, Arizona State University's Kyl Center for Water Policy, Aspen Institute, Association of Clean Water Administrators, Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, Association of State Drinking Water Administrations, Cleveland Water Alliance, Dig Deep, EarthEcho International, Environmental Policy Innovation Center, Hydraulic Institute, International Water Association, Moonshot Missions, National Association of Clean Water Agencies, National Rural Water Association, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions (Duke University),Rural Community Assistance Partnership, Smart Water Networks Forum, Stimson Center, Stroud Water Research Center, US Water Alliance, United for Infrastructure, WateReuse Association, Water Environment Federation, Water Research Foundation, Water Start, Water for People, World Wildlife Fund and Xylem.

About Reservoir Center for Water Solutions

Established in 2022, the Reservoir Center for Water Solutions is a consortium and collaboration facility that brings together leaders and thinkers from across the water sector, policy world and beyond. Our aim is to develop breakthrough ideas and solutions, eliminate barriers, and advance the water sector's work to overcome critical water and sustainability challenges. The Center is located on the banks of the Anacostia River in Washington, DC's Navy Yard.


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