2003 Adopted Resolutions
71st Annual Meeting
Denver

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TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY WATER COMMISSION ACT OF 2003

WHEREAS, The U.S. Conference of Mayors fully understands the important role that water supplies plays in the economic development and sustainability of the nation's cities, their populations, institutions and cultural and industrial activities; and

WHEREAS, the pattern of population growth and land use development in the nation has strained the availability of fresh water supplies over the last half century; and

WHEREAS, water conservation measures have reduced per capita consumption of water by about 20 percent between 1980 and 1995, achieved primarily by technology and best work practices by the industrial and agricultural sectors of the economy; and

WHEREAS, municipal per capita consumption has increased by roughly 24 percent over the same 1980 to 1995 period even though water conservation measures have been implemented; and

WHEREAS, the nation's cities are experiencing increasing cost to ensure an adequate and dependable supply of high quality water, and are currently purchasing water rights or striking agreements for water use; and

WHEREAS, local government provides nearly 90 percent of the investment on water infrastructure in the nation; and

WHEREAS, the need to plan for future water supplies and protect current water supplies is great, and provision of adequate water supplies in the future will have a significant impact on the quality of life in urban areas,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The U.S. Conference of Mayors supports, and urges Congress to enact, H.R. 135 "The Twenty-First Century Water Commission Act of 2003" and its goal to develop a comprehensive water strategy designed to identify incentives to ensure a dependable and adequate water supply for the next 50 years; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The U.S. Conference of Mayors calls upon Congress to include a local elected Mayor to serve as a Member of the "Commission" to ensure that local government which provides almost 90 percent of the funding for water infrastructure is properly represented in the planning process.