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This Week 6-26-23: The Wonder of Rivers, Funding Lead Line Removal, and More


WHO TO KNOW: Meet Sagrado Sparks, a Wastewater Digest Young Pro. He’s a civil engineer who fell in love with water during his first wastewater treatment construction project. He’s now vice president of operations for McCarthy Building Companies. Learn more about his water career journey in this interesting interview.

Funding water projects is always challenging. When you consider water projects what would be your recommendation on a source of funding you would use and/or support?


  • Public private partnership - 30%

  • Citizen led private funding - 23%

  • Government agencies grant - 23%

  • Grant from a foundation - 15%

  • Other please comment - 7%

Comments:

Citizens should have a stake in the water project. Their ownership and support is important for long term success. We need a combination of funding methods for water projects. Most utility projects are funded by a combination of government grants and the utilities own capital improvement funds. Public / private funding also works well.

We think it is important as was suggested here that multiple forms of funding need to be considered, pursued, and used in water projects. This, we believe, will insure the sustainability of the project.


WONDER OF WATER: During International Rivers Month, we thank American Rivers for their 50 years of safeguarding over 150,000 miles of rivers and over 3 million acres of riverside land—along with various construction projects and policy objectives. Future plans include protecting an additional 1 million miles of river and ensuring clean water for every community.



TECH TALK: Check out the latest episode in the series, Funding to Fight Led. Travis Loop interviews water/wastewater financial and tax experts to discuss ways to tap municipal bonds, which utilities use for a variety of water infrastructure projects, for lead service line replacements.



FUN WITH WATER: You’ll feel like you’re shooting the rapids and kayaking through canyons on the Indus River in Pakistan. . . or slowly floating underwater with a turtle thanks to GoPro winners Matthias Weger and Monster Mike Fishing.





ROTARY RECOGNIZES RAMKUMAR for Miracle of Nature: The Rotary Environment Week celebrated Mr. G. Ramkumar for his remarkable efforts in conveying the miracles of nature and soil and groundwater recharge. A regular contributor to Global Water Works, Mr. G. Ramkumar lends his insights on the essential role our soils play in the health of our planet, and included a vision for India.

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