America’s Water: Infrastructure in Peril – What to Do, How to Fix It, and How to Finance It

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Location: Online via MaestroConference

Contact: For further information regarding this event, please contact Earth Institute Events by sending email to .

Moderator: David Brancaccio, American Public Media Marketplace; Speakers: National Experts and Journalists to be Announced

The Earth Institute’s Columbia Water Center, Circle of Blue, and American Public Media present: “America’s Water: Infrastructure in Peril – What to Do, How to Fix It, and How to Finance It.”

Join American Public Media Marketplace’s David Brancaccio, national experts, and journalists for the first in a timely H2O Catalyst series of interactive town hall broadcasts that explores the nation’s imperiled water systems.

Bring your voice and participate with leaders in finance, water infrastructure, and policy in a virtual, interactive town hall to learn the latest news, information, and share ideas about how the nation can respond to its grand water infrastructure challenge.

A Defining Moment

America built its water systems to last. But they will not last forever. Communities throughout the country face an era of replacement, repair, and reinvestment.

The stakes are high.

Leaky pipes waste trillions of gallons per year. Droughts and floods inflict deep financial wounds. Lead contamination in Flint, Michigan, and countless other cities shows the risks to public health and economic well-being because of outdated infrastructure.

Beginning May 11 and running through fall 2016, Circle of Blue, American Public Media, and Columbia University — and a global audience — will dig deep and explore the state of the nation’s water infrastructure. From what happens when pipes and policies fail to the opportunities for innovative finance, policy, and technology.

Click here to register.

Sponsors: Earth Institute, CWC


  • Emilio Vargas says:

    Is it possible to get a transcript or some information on what was presented. We are developing smart water meter that can identify water waste habits and leaks in the home. We have tested our technology in a larger scale to find leaky water mains. We helped a water district here in California find a big leak. This presentation is in line with our vision. Thank you

  • Richard Smith says:

    It seems like I’m constantly finding out about other ways that we are harming our atmosphere. It saddens me to find out about all of the damage we’re causing – especially to our air quality. I’ve been doing a lot of studying over the last year or so, and I was probably most surprised to read that the Environmental Protection Agency has warned that the air inside of the normal home in the US is actually 2-5x worse than the air outside. Combine this with the fact that healthy adults can process up to 70,000 liters of air a day, it seems like a legitimate for worry about the non-stop pollution of our world. How are we expected to stay healthy – no matter how well we try to live and take care of our bodies – if we’re constantly breathing in chemical pollution and contaminants?

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