“Louisville was well represented at the recent US Water Alliance 2022 One Water Summit,” said Shannon Tivitt, One Water Executive Director. “Several staff members from Louisville Water and Louisville MSD attended the conference, and several presented, along with one of our community partners.”
Held in Milwaukee last month, the conference brought together water professionals and other stakeholders to focus on a sustainable water future for all.
Tivitt gave a presentation during a session titled Successful Customer Service and Engagement. She highlighted MSD and Louisville Water’s customer assistance efforts during the pandemic and how they led to a larger discussion about water affordability.
Tony Curtis, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Housing Coalition (MHC), participated in a Summit Institute titled Water as a Public Good: Balancing Affordable Water Access and Utility Financial Resilience. Curtis discussed the recent collaboration between MHC , MSD, and Louisville Water for the USWA Affordability Pilot Project.
Kellie Watson, MSD Equity and Compliance Officer, was part of a panel discussion, Utility Strategies to Advance Racial Equity, where she spoke about practices and outcomes using the racial equity toolkit.
Other attendees from MSD included Kimberly Reed, Chief Innovation Officer; Erin Wagoner, Community Benefits Manager; Shelby Lockhart, Community Benefits Administrator; and Sherita Davis, Business and Community Partnership Administrator
Louisville Water also participated in the One Water Summit’s Water Bar, a pop-up social space that served water to attendees.
“Water Bar is often one of the most remembered highlights of the Summit and has become a sought-after opportunity to showcase water to USWA members,” Tivitt said. “It was an intentional yet casual convening space that welcomed everyone to share and celebrate that which connects us all – water. I shared Louisville’s story of water and bourbon while pouring a few glasses.”
Attendees at the summit represented every field of water management, including drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, water reuse, flood and groundwater management, and watersheds.