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  • The issues: We picked two specific issues - urban flooding and water-loss - because they resonate with the public, and tell a broader story about need for water infrastructure investment.
    Urban flooding – for the purposes of this survey, refers to.
    more routine flooding the comes from too much rain falling on too much impervious surfaces: soggy basements, streets and backyards.
    Water-loss, refers specifically to leaks within water supply infrastructure.
  • Urban flooding (cover of GL urban flooding report)
    48 most populous cities in the Great Lakes region
    30 responded: 63%.
    They serve 23% of the total population of the Great Lakes states and province
  • Overall findings
    So what does our research tell us:
    Residents in communities are directly affected. Urban flooding and water-loss are substantial challenges that directly affect the public. It’s not something we can leave for the professionals alone to worry about
    Leadership faces real obstacles: Without common standards and targets, and dedicated budgets, water professionals lack the tools they need to fix the problems.
    They’re looking for help: 60%+ want to collaborate to improve best practice.

Transcript

  • 1. Harriet Festing Director, Water Program Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) One Water leadership Summit 2013
  • 2. Presentation Overview • Who we are • Research • Building the case for policy changes • 3 Lessons
  • 3. Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) • National Non-Profit • Areas of Focus: • Transportation, Energy, Climate Change & Water • Working with Communities on Urban Sustainability: • Data & Research • Tools & Transparency • Collaboration • Policy Advocacy
  • 4. CNT Water Program
  • 5. Smart Water for Smart Regions The Great Lakes States are our testing ground for shaping the decisions of cities across the United States
  • 6. National Partners Funders
  • 7. The Problem
  • 8. Drought
  • 9. Urban Flooding
  • 10. Water Infrastructure Crisis
  • 11. Research
  • 12. Urban Flooding The Issues Water Loss Photo: Flickr/ian boyd
  • 13. • 48 most populous cities in the Great Lakes region • 30 responded: 63% • They serve 23% of the total population of the Great Lakes states and province Survey Sample: Urban Flooding
  • 14. • 100% receive complaints • 87% characterize them as ‘medium’ to ‘large’ • Half have no plans for tackling it • Two-thirds have no targets • 80% do not track the costs of flood damage Findings: Urban Flooding
  • 15. • 80 water supply utilities • 10 largest in each Great Lakes state • 68% response rate • 500 municipalities • 9.8 million people • Over 63,000 miles of pipe Survey Sample: Water Loss
  • 16. • Pipes average 50 years old • Leak an estimated 66.5 billion gallons of water each year • Could supply water to 2.2 million Americans for a year • 71% have no policy • 51% have no goal • 67% do not publicly report Findings: Water Loss
  • 17. • Residents in communities are directly affected • Leadership faces real obstacles • They want help In Summary
  • 18. Building the Campaign Case
  • 19. Building the Case for dry basements
  • 20. Our Homes & Businesses are Flooding
  • 21. Stormwater in Your Home
  • 22. Which also Causes…. CSO Pollution Flooded Basements Flooded Streets Eroded Streams
  • 23. We need Solutions •Improved mapping of flood risks •Retrofit programs and development standards to protect your property •Federally backed insurance & •mitigations funding
  • 24. Building the Case: for fixing the leaks
  • 25. Water Rates on the Rise CNT Map based on data from article: Water costs gush higher, USA TODAY September 29, 2012
  • 26. Infrastructure Report Card = D
  • 27. Your money is going down the drain! Fixing the Leaks – A Good Idea • Create Jobs • Drive Economic Development • Protect Human Health • Reduce Energy Use • Preserve Water Resources
  • 28. We need… •Clear standards & targets for water loss •Plan of action •Public reporting & transparency
  • 29. What Have We Learnt? • 1. Policy tools exist – but need adjustments, promotion & peer-to-peer training
  • 30. What Have We Learnt? 2. The Cost of Doing Nothing – a Radical Paradigm Shift
  • 31. What Have We Learnt? 3. The Public are ALREADY arguing for change
  • 32. 4. BUILDING A COALITION
  • 33. We Welcome Your Support
  • 34. Thank You! hfesting@cnt.org