CH2M HILL joins with Coalition to promote ‘Value of Water’, a new campaign aimed to educate public on the importance of clean water and investing in our nation’s aging infrastructure

By: Elisa M. Speranza, CH2M HILL Operations Management Business Group President

The buzz this week is all about the value of water. If you follow the water conversation on popular social channels, like Facebook or Twitter, you may have seen some discussion and excitement about a new Coalition of associations representing water and wastewater utilities and private sector companies like ours that launched on October 1.

I am excited to share that CH2M HILL has joined the Value of Water Coalition. United around a common goal to address the lack of public understanding and support for the much-needed investment in water and water infrastructure, the Coalition is on a quest to help build understanding and support for the vital water and wastewater infrastructure that underpins our economy, our environment and our very way of life.

As I shared earlier this week on my personal blog, Speranza’s Postcards, the campaign will connect and reach the American public through avenues they currently use to seek and share information, including online and through popular social media channels. Although the majority of people believe clean water is critical to our nation and the world, only 40 percent of Americans think the same of water infrastructure according to the Water Environment Federation. It’s important to inform the public about the challenges America faces in terms of our water infrastructure, which is why I’m proud that CH2M HILL is a founding member of this Coalition to help shift this perspective.

Learn more about the campaign at and get connected on Twitter at @thevalueofwater, on Google+ at thevalueofwater, on YouTube at thevalueofwater, on Flickr at thevalueofwater and Slideshare at valueofwater. Please consider sharing with your network. The more people who understand the extent of the challenge our country faces and its potential impacts, the more likely they will be support solutions to address the root concern.

Ms. Speranza has worked on both the public utility and consulting sides of the water and wastewater business since 1985. She directs operations, administration, and client relations for CH2M HILL’s Operations Management Business Group. Her team provides long-term consulting and contract services to public and private sector organizations, including water and wastewater operations and maintenance, public works, and other city services, and facilities management and engineering. In the early 1990s, she was Deputy Director of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority and previously was a Project Manager for the Boston Water and Sewer Commission. Ms. Speranza is the past Board Chair and an active volunteer of the global nonprofit Water For People, which helps people in developing countries obtain clean water and sanitation solutions. She has served as an officer of the AWWA, the New England Water Works Association and the Massachusetts Water Works Association, and is a long-standing member of the Water Environment Federation.