Representatives from MSD joined recently with utility executives from Washington DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and other major U.S. cities to discuss current and future challenges utilities face and strategize on how to best overcome those challenges.
Representatives discussed financing pensions, succession planning, unemployment, community blight and the need for community partnerships and innovation and technology. Nationally, about $1 trillion in capital investments is needed over the next 25-years to maintain water and wastewater infrastructure to provide quality drinking water and wastewater services. Investment has fallen by nearly one-third since the mid 70's.
Attendees agreed on the need to develop a strong and unified national message to communicate the value of water and wastewater services as well as the value utilities create within their community through job creation. It is estimated that MSD’s Lick Run, Kings Run and West Fork alone will generate 905 full-time construction jobs.
The utility representatives are developing a white paper to capture key discussion points and a plan to move forward.