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Without clean water, soccer uniforms would never make it through the season

Thursday, October 12th, 2017
Value of Water: Washing Machine

Most of us never think about how clean water gets to us or where our dirty water goes. Luckily we don’t have to. Pumps, treatment plants, and pipes bring us clean water and carry our wastewater away.

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When Nature Calls, You Open Stalls

Thursday, October 12th, 2017
Value of Water - When Nature Calls

Most of us never think about what happens to the water we flush. Luckily, we don’t have to. Pumps, treatment plants, and pipes remove and clean wastewater so it can be returned to the environment or safely reused.

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Water is one of life’s great pleasures

Thursday, October 12th, 2017
Value of Water - Poolside

Splashing in a pool, tossing a water balloon—water is one of life’s great pleasures. Most of us never think about how water gets to us or where it goes when it swirls down the drain. Luckily, we don’t have to. Pumps, treatment plants, and pipes bring us clean water and remove wastewater.

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Mornings Wouldn’t Be the Same Without Water

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

IMAGINE A DAY WITHOUT WATER: OCTOBER 12TH, 2017 Mornings wouldn’t be the same without water. Most of us never think about how water gets to the tap or where it goes after it swirls down the drain. Luckily, we don’t have to. Pumps, treatment plants, and pipes bring us clean water. But our water systems […]

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Fall 2017 Bond Elections

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017
Fall 2017 Bond Elections - Bonds at work in construction - Photo by Phil and Jo Schiffbauer is licensed under CC BY 2.0

From August through November 2017, voters across the country are being asked to approve hundreds of local bond propositions. The bonds that pass will provide billions of dollars’ worth of contracting opportunities for many types of firms. Strategic Partnerships, Inc. (SPI), which has been tracking all Texas bond elections and recently began tracking bond elections nationwide, is currently monitoring 470+ fall bond elections valued at more than $28 billion. The following article explains what bond are, the types of projects funded, and how contractors can follow the money to pursue bond-related contracting opportunities with local governments.

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October 12, 2017–Nationwide Event: Imagine a Day Without Water

Monday, October 9th, 2017
Water Infrastructure - Image a Day without Water

The good news is that the American people are already widely supportive of increased investment in nation’s water infrastructure. Above any other pressing political issue, Americans name rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure as the issue they most want our elected officials to address. Americans view water infrastructure investment as an even greater priority than infrastructure generally, with 82 percent of voters saying that they view the issue as either important or very important. No other issue facing our public officials enjoys such a broad consensus.

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Funding Trees for Health: An Analysis of Finance and Policy Actions to Enable Tree Planting for Public Health

Monday, October 9th, 2017
Figure E1. Trees and Public health. Conceptual model of the linkage between urban forestry funding and health funding.

The scientific case for the benefits of trees and urban nature has become more solid over the last few decades. Trees and other natural features in cities can help regulate water quality, water quantity, and the timing of water flow. They can help clean and cool the air, reducing harmful air pollutants and ambient air temperatures. They lend beauty to our streets, enhance citizens’ lives, and significantly increase property values. When you consider all the benefits that street trees can provide to society, there is a strong business case for increased societal investment. One study in California, for instance, found that for every $1 spent on tree planting and maintenance, urban trees deliver $5.82 in benefits.

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Broadband in Schools: Fulfilling Our Promise to America’s Students

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

In 2017, the progress made possible by E-rate modernization continued, reducing the number of students without high-speed Internet access by 5.1 million and the number of schools without 21st-century broadband infrastructure by 45%, thereby setting the stage for the nation to deliver on our promise of digital equity by 2020.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Shelley Poticha, Director of Urban Solutions, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017
Shelley Poticha, Director, Urban Solutions, Natural Resources Defense Council

“There really is no conflict between saying you would like to have more infrastructure investment and saying that you’re an environmentalist. They’re one and the same. The challenge is that the plans and projects that are on the books in many states run counter to what we need in our communities to protect people. And that’s where we need to take a hard look at what kind of infrastructure we’re investing in, because the same-old, same-old as we just saw through these two big storms isn’t going to get us there.”

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Spending on educational facilities breaking records throughout the U.S.

Monday, September 25th, 2017
School Construction Boom - School Bus

In 2016, about $88.9 billion was spent in educational construction work in the United States. That’s the largest year-over-year dollar value increase since 2008. And with enrollments increasing in classrooms in Pre-K to post-secondary public schools and colleges and universities, that trend is expected to continue, creating thousands of contracting opportunities for private-sector firms.

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