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This Week 10-9-23 Water Innovations and Water's Future

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS! Congratulations to our new Ambassadors and say “hello” to our newest members: Bob Heliger (New Jersey), Boston Snyder (Indiana), Marie-Chantal Savoy (Canada), Sourabh Chandrakar (India), Andrew Fleet (Indonesia) NEWS WORTH SHARING: The Army Corps of Engineers is working to keep saltwater intrusion out of Louisiana’s drinking water. WHO TO KNOW: This week, we will be toasting EPA’s Sally Gutierrez, who has served more than 20 years in the Office of Water at the EPA. Her vision for water sector innovation


the creation of Global Water Works Mighty Network. In her role at EPA’s Research and Development office in Cincinnati, Sally led the development of EPA’s water innovation hubs or “Water Clusters,” to support regional innovation, water conservation and water and wastewater operations efficiency. We’re thrilled to be joining Sally and dozens of innovators at this week’s WaterVent and WaterCitizen Event being held in Cincinnati Tuesday, October 10. THIS WEEK’S POLL Our members have concerns about all water issues, but lakes are one of the priorities. Are you concerned about freshwater lakes?


  • Yes, I am wondering what should I do? – 0%

  • No! They take care of themselves – 0%

  • I am involved in a local or online group to address any issues – 57%

  • I am an active conservationist – 14%

  • Other, please comment – 28%

Comments include being concerned about some lakes, but encouraged to see restoration or protection of others; surprised that conservationists are supporting solar panels which are dangerous for aquatic flora and fauna; more concerned about wetlands and swamps being eliminated due to construction. THE WONDER OF WATER: Futurists look at social, environmental, economic and health

of water in this month’s Compass, the global voice of professional futurists. GWW’s Matt Klein leads off the issue with, “Applying Foresight to Society’s Relationship with Water.” TECH TALK: Smart solution providers innovate in partnership with operators facing challenges. Jim Fischer, head of Xylem’s mixing solutions, described how a pilot project

using new, more efficient mixers led to a long-term partnership with Lake County Public Works. The new mixers improved operation, saving energy, time, and money, while increasing phosphorous recovery. FUN WITH WATER: WEFTEC Live captured the highlights from WEFTEC Operations Challenge, and the fun involved while working in partnership on some of the toughest water

challenges. The event attracted the largest number of teams in the competitions’ 25-year history, showing that team work makes the dream work when fine-tuning operations. Teams are scored on performance across collection systems, labs, process control, maintenance and safety.

TASTING WATER: If you think all water tastes the same, you’re mistaken

There are experts who specialize in assessing the taste of water.





BLUE TECH WEEK takes place Nov. 14-18 in person in San Diego.This is a not-to-be-

, 5-day networking and knowledge-sharing conference on Oceans and Maritime policy. Blue Tech Week attracts international experts to discuss recent research, technologies and brainstorm next steps in roundtables. Special day rates are available. FEATURED EVENTS: SAVE THE DATE: Read on for Global Water Works Community Happenings - curated from around the globe. A partial list is below: WATERVENT – October 10 SPRINGBOARDING DIGITAL WATER SYMPOSIUM – October 11 -12 WATER KNOWLEDGE EUROPE – October 17 – 19 IMAGINE A DAY WITHOUT WATER – October 19 AMWA 2023 EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE – October 22 - 25 IWA ASPIRE CONFERENCE: ONE WATER FOR SMART CITIES – October 22 – 26

NALMS CONFERENCE: GREAT LAKES, LOCAL SOLUTIONS – October 22 - 26 WORLD WATER TECH NORTH AMERICA – October 25 – 26 PAK WATER AND ENERGY EXPO – October 25 – 27 FLORIDA WATER FORUM – November 1 -2 IWA RESOURCE RECOVERY CONFERENCE – November 1 – 4 PFAS ROUNDTABLE – November 2 - 3 2023 WATEREUSE CALIFORNIA CONFERENCE – November 5 – 7 WATER QUALITY TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE – November 5 – 9 20th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON HARMFUL ALGAE – November 5 - 10 AWRA 2023 ANNUAL WATER RESOURCES CONFERENCE – November 6 – 8 PIPELINE CONDITION ASSESSMENT: WATER UTILITY ACTION PLANS – November 6 - 8 BLUE TECH WEEK – November 13 - 17 ONE WATER SUMMIT 2023 – November 14 – 16 WE3 SUMMIT: GLOBAL MOVEMENT TO REIMAGINE ENERGY & WATER – November 14 - 16 FLORIDA SECTION AWWA FALL CONFERENCE – November 26 – 29 IRRIGATION SHOW AND EDUCATION WEEK – November 27 – December 1 CALIFORNIA BIORESOURCES ALLIANCE SYMPOSIUM 2023 – November 28 – 29 SPECIALIZED CONFERENCE ON WATER/WASTEWATER MANAGEMENT – December 3 – 8 WATEC PORTUGAL – December 5 – 7 NORTH AMERICAN WATER LOSS CONFERENCE – December 5 - 7 OFF-GRID EXPO & CONFERENCE 2023 – December 6 – 8 RURAL WATER RALLY – February 6 - 8 1st SWAN SMART METERING WORKSHOP – February 29 – March 1, 2024 2024 WATER REUSE SYMPOSIUM – March 10 – 13, 2024 ABOUT GlobalWaterWorks: Each week, we identify research, success stories, new technologies and water heroes to illustrate how global water works for the planet, people and prosperity. Our mission is to connect drops of interest for waves of impact, and we invite you to collaborate and celebrate impactful water work in the community: https://connect.globalwaterworks.org. You can also follow us on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/global-water-works Twitter @GlobalWaterWork; and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlobalWaterWorks Jacksonville Beach, FL·Posted Today, October 9






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