ALEXANDRIA, Va. (March 20, 2017)—WateReuse members from across the U.S. arrived in Washington, D.C., to elevate water as national priority during the National Water Policy Fly-In, a highlight of Water Week 2017.

WateReuse is participating with other water sector organizations to deliver a clear, consistent and unified message about the importance of water and water infrastructure to Congress and the Administration, according to a statement from the group.

“To grow the economy, we need to invest in infrastructure—that means better roads, safer bridges and a sustainable supply of clean water,” WateReuse Executive Director Melissa Meeker said. “Investing in water recycling will not only create jobs now but also ensure a reliable supply of clean water for sustained economic growth.“

During the week of March 19-25, hundreds of water, wastewater and recycled water professionals, thought leaders, stakeholders and grassroots supporters will gather and advocate for national policies that advance clean, safe, affordable and sustainable water for all Americans.

On March 22, the Rally for Water on the U.S. Capitol grounds will focus attention on the crucial issues that impact the sustainability of, and public access to, clean water in America. Key congressional members have agreed to attend and speak.

The goals of Water Week are to strengthen the partnership between the federal government and the water sector, emphasize the importance of investment in water infrastructure and research, continue to inform policymakers about crucial water-related issues, and to inspire them to act.