September 11, 2008

Washington, D.C. - The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) co-sponsored the debut of Liquid Assets: The Story of Our Water Infrastructure on September 9 at Washington, D.C.'s Newseum on Capitol Hill. The documentary, produced by Penn State Public Broadcasting, with support from AGC and other organizations, highlights the Nation's deteriorating water infrastructure and our need to reinvest in this most valuable asset.

"Until something goes wrong, most Americans take our water infrastructure for granted because it is out of sight," said Stephen E. Sandherr, Chief Executive Officer of AGC. "We are hopeful that the Liquid Assets documentary will raise public awareness about the state of our national wastewater, stormwater and drinking water infrastructure. AGC is proud to work in partnership with Penn State Public Broadcasting, industry colleagues and the national network of AGC Chapters to ensure the documentary is broadcast nationwide."

The event attracted more than 250 attendees, and featured remarks by Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), Chairwoman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, Ranking Member Congressman John Boozman (R-Ark.), and Benjamin Grumbles, Assistant Administrator for Water, United States Environmental Protection Agency.

AGC has distributed a Liquid Assets marketing toolkit to its national network of 96 Chapters, who will encourage PBS stations to broadcast the documentary, and promote community discussions through participation in local events.

Liquid Assets will air in the national capitol regions on Howard University Television WHUT (Washington, D.C.) on October 5 and 8, and on WETA (Arlington, Va.) on October 5.

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is the largest and oldest national construction trade association in the United States. AGC represents more than 33,000 firms, including 7,500 of America's leading general contractors, and over 12,500 specialty-contracting firms. More than 13,000 service providers and suppliers are associated with AGC through a nationwide network of chapters. Visit the AGC Web site at


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