A U.S. presidential candidate forum, “ Moving America Forward ”, is this Sunday, Feb. 16, at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas and livestreamed on C-SPAN . This forum was organized by United for Infrastructure, which is led by a steering committee that includes the Value of Water Campaign. AWWA is a founding member of the Value of Water Campaign . This forum will give presidential candidates an opportunity to discuss their plans and priorities for the future of America’s infrastructure, including water infrastructure. Confirmed participating candidates are Joe Biden, Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg and Tom Steyer. AWWA will be communicating about the event through social media. Utilities interested in leveraging this event to advocate for infrastructure investment are invited to watch the livestream and participate via social media. The Value of Water Campaign has put together a Social Media Toolbox with graphics, sample tweets and messaging to be used for this event. Key messages for consideration are: We are underinvesting in water infrastructure America pioneered sewer and drinking water infrastructure more than a century ago, providing immense public health, economic, and environmental benefits. But much of the nation's water and wastewater infrastructure is aging, and in some communities, failing. Investment has not kept up with the need. Underinvestment puts public health, economic development, and the environment at risk Water is essential to all aspects of life. Virtually all economic sectors rely on water. However, investment needs are rising as infrastructure built decades ago nears the end of its useful life. Changing weather patterns and drought are putting extra stress on water and wastewater infrastructure and degrading water quality. If these investment needs are not met, our communities, economy, and public health are at risk. It’s time for a new era of investment in our nation’s water systems It’s time for America to make a renewed investment in our nation’s water systems, anchored in partnership between water providers and local, state, and federal governments. As we launch a new era of investment, we need to think long term. We have to take the politics out of water decision making and focus on what’s best for our communities. We need to be proactive in investing in water systems before an emergency or disaster strikes. We will have to look for innovation and resilient infrastructure to address the overlapping crises facing our water systems, including drought, sea-level rise, pollution, toxins, and wildfires. Water investment must serve everyone America is a nation of great abundance. Every community should have access to clean, safe, and reliable water and wastewater service. We need to guarantee a base level of access to this essential service regardless of income. As costs for system improvements and maintenance increase, affordability for lower-income people is a growing concern. We must work together as a nation—with co-investment by water providers and local, state, and federal government—to ensure that everyone in this country has safe and reliable water service. The hashtags to use for this event are: #MovingAmericaForward #ValueWater Twitter handles to follow and tag are: @United4Infra @TheValueofWater @AWWA Questions can be directed to Katie Henderson at the Value of Water Campaign.