News Briefs: Water Documentary Goes Mainstream on Netflix

Also in this week's sewer and water news, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has announced $181 million in investments for water/wastewater projects in the state

A powerful documentary that aims to drive positive change in water is now reaching a global audience of millions.

Brave Blue World, narrated by Liam Neeson and featuring actors and activists Matt Damon and Jaden Smith, is available to watch on Netflix and is available in 29 languages.

Filmed across five continents, Brave Blue World paints an optimistic picture of how humanity is adopting new technologies and innovations to rethink how water is managed. The documentary makers went on an incredible journey to meet with pioneers and innovators who are addressing global water and sanitation challenges.

Pennsylvania Governor Announces $181 Million for Water/Wastewater Projects

Gov. Tom Wolf has announced the investment of $181 million for 16 drinking water, wastewater and non-point source projects across 12 counties through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST).

“As our citizens and businesses continue to adapt to an ever-changing environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our top priority must be ensuring secure infrastructure for community water,” says Wolf. “Access to clean drinking water is foundational to rebuilding and the growth of our communities. These projects will continue to ensure the safety and welfare of thousands of Pennsylvanians.”

EPA Selects Grand Rapids for WIIN Act Grant   

At a recent event with U.S. Congressman Fred Upton of Michigan and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Kurt Thiede, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced that the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan, was selected to receive a $5.1 million Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act grant.

This funding will help remove lead service lines and support public engagement on the risks of lead in drinking water to improve public health in Grand Rapids.

“As part of the newly formed Water Subcabinet, EPA and its federal partners will do all it can to safeguard the nation’s waters, protect public health and the environment, and help create jobs and spur economic development,” says Wheeler.


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