National Water Sector Events

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Learn about the national events that we participate in to bring attention to the importance of quality water services

Imagine a Day Without Water 2021

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Imagine A Day Without Water is a national education campaign that brings together diverse stakeholders to highlight how water is essential, invaluable, and in need of investment. This year, the day of action took place on October 21, 2021, and included events, resolutions, student contests, social media engagement, and more, all across the country.

More information about Imagine a Day Without Water 2021 can be found here: imagineadaywithoutwater.org.
 

Follow @PGH2O and @TheValueofWater for event updates.
 

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Can YOU Imagine a Day Without Water?

It's a day to learn where your water comes from and where it goes. Think about when you turn on the tap, and clean water flows out. Or when you flush the toilet, and dirty water goes away. Can you imagine not having those resources?

This year, we partnered with our friends at the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy to educate Pittsburghers about the importance of water.

Are you ready to join the movement? Submit a short essay about what water means to you, why it's so vital to all, and what a world without water would be like for a day. Plus, your little ones can join in on the fun! Ask them to freehand draw a picture that best represents the importance of water to them, or pick a water-themed coloring page from PGH2O by navigating to our Educational Resources page and clicking the Coloring Pages link under the Elementary Students tab. We'll be giving away prizes to one lucky winner from each category!

Congratulations to our contest winners, and thank you to everyone who participated! 

All essays and drawings become the property of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy shall each have the right to display or otherwise use all submissions for future promotions. 

 

Contest Winners Announced

Contest entry winners The winning contest submissions: (Left) Coloring contest winning entry by Caris Jenkins, (Right) Essay contest winning entry by Karen Williams.

Congratulations to Caris Jenkins, age 7, who won our coloring contest with her submission of one of our water-themed coloring pages, and Karen Williams who won our essay contest with her submission, entitled 'Imagine a Life Without (clean) Water'! 

Past Events

Imagine a Day Without Water 2020

Imagine a Day Without Water 2020

Save the date for Imagine a Day Without Water 2020


October 21, 2020 was Imagine a Day Without Water. 

Read our press release and follow along on social media with #ValueWater

Educational Resources:

United for Infrastructure 2020

United for Infrastructure 2020

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) hosted two virtual events during United for Infrastructure Week 2020 that provided the Pittsburgh community with an opportunity to learn more about the improvements we are making to our water infrastructure.

Our Water Future Panel Discussion

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The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority facilitated a high-level discussion about the future of our water infrastructure for United for Infrastructure 2020 on Thursday, September 17. 

Will Pickering, Executive Director; Jen Presutti, Deputy Executive Director; and Barry King, Director of Engineering and Construction discussed the critical water projects we will construct over the next few years. This discussion was an opportunity to learn about the significance of the projects and the steps we are taking to modernize our water infrastructure. Participants learned about the engineering techniques behind these improvements, how they will strengthen our overall system and ensure the delivery of safe and reliable water services. Brian K. Jensen, Ph.D. of the Allegheny Conference moderated the discussion. 

Watch the recorded panel discussion below.

Virtual Facility Tour of the Microfiltration Plant (MFP)

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To close out United for Infrastructure Week, PWSA orchestrated a virtual tour of the Microfiltration Plant in Highland Park on Monday, September 21. Viewers tuned in to our Facebook page for this fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the operations of the plant and its recent restoration. Project Manager, Marc Frangipani guided us through the plant to discuss its purpose in the overall treatment process, highlight the technology that is used to treat water and automate the plant, and introduce the operators and technicians that keep it running. 

Learn more at www.pgh2o.com/news-events/events-meetings/2020-09-21-united-infrastructure-virtual-mfp-tour

United for Infrastructure 2021

United for Infrastructure 2021

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United for Infrastructure 2021 is a week-long event spanning from May 10-14 that advocates for better infrastructure policy and greater investment from all levels of government. The country has several intersecting challenges it needs to address simultaneously: ending the COVID pandemic, rebuilding the American economy, mitigating and adapting to climate change, and making our communities better for everyone. Infrastructure is key to addressing each of those challenges.
 

This year’s theme, Lead with Infrastructure, highlights the investments, policies, and reforms that are urgently needed to keep people safe, to make our families healthier, our communities more resilient and equitable, to make jobs more prosperous, and our economy secure. It is time for leaders in Congress and the administration to prioritize infrastructure. It is time to demonstrate the leadership the country needs. Across the country, businesses, labor organizations, and elected officials will come together to spread the message that the nation must work together to #LeadWithInfrastructure.
 

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority is proud to participate in this national event and we are excited to share information about our infrastructure needs, projects, and achievements with our customers. Please join us for our special week-long events, and learn how we are advancing “once in a generation” projects to modernize Pittsburgh’s water infrastructure.
 

More information about United for Infrastructure 2021 can be found here: unitedforinfrastructure.org.
 

Follow @PGH2O and @United4Infra for event updates. 

Videos

ASCE Foundation's American Infrastructure: Below Our Feet

ASCE Foundation's American Infrastructure: Below Our Feet

Investing in Pittsburgh's Water Future

Investing in Pittsburgh's Water Future

Meeting the Moment: The Urgency and Opportunity to Invest in Water Systems

Meeting the Moment: The Urgency and Opportunity to Invest in Water Systems

Spotlight: Building a Lead-Free Pittsburgh

Spotlight: Building a Lead-Free Pittsburgh

Virtual Ribbon Cutting: Volunteers Field Rain Garden

Virtual Ribbon Cutting: Volunteers Field Rain Garden

Virtual Ribbon Cutting: Saw Mill Run Stream Restoration Project

Virtual Ribbon Cutting: Saw Mill Run Stream Restoration Project

Pittsburgh Water Equity Roadmap

Icons depicting five priority areas of Pittsburgh's Water Equity Roadmap

The Water Equity Taskforce is a network of cities that work together to develop more equitable water policies and practices. Convened by the US Water Alliance—and composed of cross-sector teams in the cities of Atlanta, Buffalo, Camden, Cleveland, Louisville, Milwaukee, and Pittsburgh—this initiative is advancing the understanding of the challenges, opportunities, and promising interventions to promote equitable water management.

An Equitable Water Future: Pittsburgh 

This report developed by the Pittsburgh Water Equity Learning Team outlines strategies to advance five high-priority water equity priorities in Pittsburgh. 

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