Presentation on theme: "Jobs, Innovation and Our Water Future"— Presentation transcript:
1Jobs, Innovation and Our Water Future Tod Dabolt Director, Information Management PMO Office of Water U.S. EPA
2Jobs, Innovation and Our Water Future We cannot continue down the historic path of water management and meet America’s future water needs.Innovation in water management will meet America’s water needs, create jobs and strengthen our economy.
3Failing Water Infrastructure $300 billion in wastewater and $335 billion in drinking water improvements needed by 20286 billion gallons clean drinking water lost every dayD Minus rating for U.S. wastewater and drinking water infrastructure
5Additional Challenges to Water Management Population growthDevelopment patternsClimate change
6Innovation and Economic Growth U.S. environmental technology industry in 2008:1.7 million jobs$300 billion in revenues$43.8 billion in exportsU.S. share of foreign environmental technology markets:5.7 % in 19979.8% in 2007
7Areas Ripe for Innovation Chicago City Hall Green RoofGreen infrastructureDrinking water systemsWater-energy nexus3% of U.S. energy use is to pump and treat water4% of U.S. freshwater is used for cooling
8Water, Jobs and the Economy Every job in water and sewer creates 3 new jobs$1 invested in water and sewer leads to $6.35 in long-term private output$1 billion in water infrastructure creates 40,000 jobs$1 billion in water efficiency creates 22,000 jobs$188 billion to upgrade U.S. water and wastewater infrastructure would generate $265 billion in economic activity and 1.9 million jobsAmerican Jobs Act: $10 billion for a National Infrastructure Bank
9Americans Support Investment in Clean Water 63% believe EPA needs to do more to protect air and water (USA Today poll)72% rank water issues in the top four environmental problems:Contamination of water by toxic wastePollution of rivers, lakes and reservoirsPollution of drinking waterMaintenance of the nation’s supply of fresh water for household needs
10Let’s Chat… How can we expand the dialog to reach a broader audience? What additional data and information should we provide?How can we strengthen our partnerships with application developers to message the value of Clean Water?