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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 17, 2019
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Brave Blue World Documentary Film Premiers in Los Angeles
Water Environment Federation Proud to be Production Partner
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A new feature-length documentary film titled Brave Blue World premiered in Los Angeles on December 16 and examines how new technologies and innovations can create a sustainable water future.
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a production partner for Brave Blue World and will use the film to raise public awareness about the solutions to water challenges.
“It is important to convey a sense of hope and spirit of optimism for water and that is why WEF is thrilled to be a production partner for Brave Blue World,” said Walt Marlowe, WEF Executive Director. “By showing a path to a sustainable water future Brave Blue World can help us to influence leaders, increase resources, change policies, and improve stewardship of water.”
The film is narrated by Liam Neeson and includes interviews with a variety of water experts, as well as high-profile advocates Matt Damon and Jaden Smith. It features compelling stories, beautiful scenery, and examples from across five continents to show novel ways of tackling water problems. The film explores developments in areas such as water reuse, nutrient recovery, energy generation, decentralized treatment, and the digitization of water.
“From a NASA research center, where we learned how water is recycled in space, and a textile plant in India that is meeting 90 percent of its water needs from recycled water, to the world’s largest algae-powered wastewater treatment plant in Spain and a children’s home in Kenya, where 50 litres of water a day is being provided from humidity in the air, we heard many inspiring stories,” said Executive Producer Paul O’Callaghan, who is also founder of BlueTech Research. “We’re tremendously excited to be able to share these with a wider audience and move water up the global agenda as an issue we can solve in our lifetime.”
Brave Blue World also includes a segment with Tom Kunetz, Past President of WEF, at the world’s largest nutrient recovery facility, the Stickney Water Reclamation Plant operated by the Metropolitan Water District of Greater Chicago.
WEF and its Member Associations plan to hold numerous screenings of the film across the country in 2020.
For more information, visit www.wef.org/braveblueworld
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of 35,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. Since 1928, WEF and its members have protected public health and the environment. As a global water sector leader, our mission is to connect water professionals; enrich the expertise of water professionals; increase the awareness of the impact and value of water; and provide a platform for water sector innovation. To learn more, visit www.wef.org.
PROGRESS THROUGH COOPERATION
December 12, 2019
Contact: Donna Peeler, Intergovernmental Relations, Joint Municipal Water & Sewer Commission, 803-785-3212
In a move that restructures debt and provides funding for new capital projects, the Joint Municipal Water and Sewer Commission is issuing a new series of revenue bonds in the amount of $44 million in December 2019. By refunding and defeasing outstanding water and sewer revenue bonds, the Commission will realize a savings of approximately $2.18 million and the return of approximately $566,000 in reserves. Additionally, the new revenue bonds will provide approximately $20 million for new capital projects.
As a result of strong financial planning and performance, the rating agencies have assigned an upgrade to the Commission’s bond rating.
Moody's Investors Service has upgraded Joint Municipal Water and Sewer Commission, South Carolina's (JMWSC) revenue rating to Aa2 from Aa3.
Moody’s report stated that the “Upgrade to Aa2 reflects JMWSC's long trend of strong financial performance, very healthy liquidity and demonstrated willingness to utilize its unlimited rate setting authority.”
S&P Global Ratings raised its long-term rating on the Joint Municipal Water and Sewer Commission, S.C.'s water and sewer system revenue debt to 'AA+' from 'AA.'
S&P’s report stated that “The upgrade is based on the Commission's improved financial profile, as evidenced by roughly doubling its liquidity position over the past five fiscal years to extremely strong levels and maintaining robust all-in debt service coverage (DSC) which we believe to be sustainable given its established track record of raising utility rates annually to support its capital improvement program (CIP).”
General Manager, Jay Nicholson says “Strong leadership and support from our commissioners and the management of our financial model have provided a favorable path for efficient performance. This is affirmation of our commitment to be good stewards of the community’s resources.”