White House holds water summit
March 24, 2016
In celebration of World Water Day, The White House held a Water Summit to highlight the need to conserve, protect, and better manage the nation’s water resources. John Holdren, the Director of the White House Office of Science, Technology, and Policy (OSTP), highlighted the rising world demand for water, the dependency of energy production on water, and the deteriorating state of U.S. water infrastructure. He made a call for collaboration across the federal, private, and public sectors to solve these problems. In conjunction with the summit, The White House has released multiple documents concerning water sustainability, including a fact sheet on challenges and opportunities for water technology, an action plan on long-term drought resilience, and a commitment outlining the Obama Administration’s and federal agencies’ pledge to build a sustainable water future for the United States.