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This Week, 5-8-23, Celebrate Drinking Water




WHO TO KNOW: Meet Jim Lauria, a thought leader in the water industry for over 20 years and prolific writer for numerous water publications. His insightful article on the potential pitfalls of water trading versus speculation is thought-provoking and maybe a little scary.



This week we asked: What is your major concern about pollution?



  • Air pollution - 0%

  • Drinking water pollution - 45%

  • Groundwater pollution - 8%

  • Lake water pollution - 9%

  • Other please comment - 36%

Our air and our water are fragile. The comments were all similar:

I chose “other” because they are all a major concern. Living in Southwest Detroit, air pollution is a significant issue. Children are getting asthma. In addition, I am dealing with extreme lake pollution in my backyard; We have made great strides in cleaning up pollution but, it seems, each day a new testing procedures uncover new pollutants; We need to stay on guard! Air pollution is dependent on the location. I am concerned about pollution in the water that I fish in because it affects the food I eat. Water is polluted with various chemical pollutants is long lasting. In our lake, PCBs were dumped in the lake over 50 years ago, we are still under guidance as to how much fish, from the lake, that we can eat each week.



WONDER OF WATER: Bluefield Research recently published their 2023 analysis of global water markets and drivers, The Future of Water: Key Trends to Watch in 2023 and Beyond. The free report addresses key topics including regulatory drivers, the digital water landscape, corporate sustainability strategies and more.



Global Water Works presented the findings of the 2022 Government Accountability Office (GAO) Report on Harmful Algal Blooms and Cyanobacteria at the Michigan Inland Lakes Conference. The report concluded that we need a national goal and program to prevent HABs, complete with performance measurements. By presenting this information to various organizations we hope to gain interest and create action.



FUN WITH WATER: If the future of water lies in the hands of passionate youth, we’re in luck. Spare Parts, an inspirational movie based on a true story, shows how creative thinking helps an underfunded crew triumph in a competition with MIT peers building an underwater robot.




WATER IN 2050: By envisioning the future of water, we can better plan and begin to act to ensure the sustainability of this critical resource. Travis Loop discusses the possibilities with three thought leaders from AWWA.


SAVE THE DATE: Read on for Global Water Works Community Happenings - curated from around the globe. A partial list is below:

GLOBAL WATER SUMMIT – May 8 – 10

WORLD UTILITIES CONGRESS – May 8 – 10

AQUATECH CHINA – June 5 - 7

LIBERTYVILLE DAYS – June 15 – 18

WATER INNOVATION EUROPE- June 20 – 22

THE WATER EXPO – August 22 – 24

STORMCON – August 29 – 31

WATERPRO CONFERENCE 2023 – September 25 – 27

FUTURE WATER CONGRESS – September 27 – 28

WATERVENT – October 10

WATEC PORTUGAL – December 5 – 7


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:

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