- Frank Slovenec
This Week, 5-8-23, Celebrate Drinking Water
Congratulations to our new Ambassadors and say “hello” to our newest members:
Joe Henderson (Pennsylvania), Lucien BEELE MPELA (Kinshasa, Democratic Republic Congo), Joshua Spooner (California)
NEWS WORTH SHARING: The American Water Works Association provides activity ideas and materials for Drinking Water Week.
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
WATER FOR FOOD GLOBAL CONFERENCE – May 8 - 11
IAGLR ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON GREAT LAKES RESEARCH – May 8 - 12
PRAISE AND PRAYER – May 9
SWAN 13TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE: MAKING SMART WATER MAINSTREAM – May 9 - 11
WEF ODORS AND AIR POLLUTANTS CONFERENCE 2023 – May 16 – 19
WEF/IWA RESIDUALS AND BIIOSOLIDS CONFERENCE 2023 – May 16 – 19
NATIONAL PRETREATMENT WORKSHOP + TRAINING – May 16 – 19
BLUETECH FORUM: INNOVATION WITH IMPACT – May 17 - 18
PRAISE AND PRAYER – May 23
4th GLOBAL SMART WATER SUMMIT – May 25 - 26
ROTARY WORLD WATER SUMMIT 15: EVERYTHING STARTS WITH WASH – May 25
FLORIDA WATER RESOURCES CONFERENCE – May 31 – June 3
AQUATECH CHINA – June 5 - 7
WEF/IWA INNOVATIONS IN PROCESS ENGINEERING CONFERENCE – June 6 – 9
AWWA ACE 23: THE FUTURE OF WATER IS 2050 – June 11 - 14
LIBERTYVILLE DAYS – June 15 – 18
WATER INNOVATION EUROPE- June 20 – 22
WOMEN IN ENGINEERING DAY – June 23
WASTEWATER DISEASE SURVEILLANCE SUMMIT – June 26
WEF STORMWATER SUMMIT 2023 – June 27 - 29
WEF COLLECTION SYSTEMS CONFERENCE – June 28 - 30
FLORIDA ENVIRONMENTAL PERMITTING SUMMER SCHOOL – July 18 – 21
WATER EFFICIENCY AND CONSERVATION SUMMIT – August 2 -3
20th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON HARMFUL ALGAE – August 2 – October 11
18TH EVERYTHING ABOUT WATER EXPO – August 3 – 5
VIENNA WATER CONFERENCE: RIVERS CONNECTING MOUNTAINS & COASTS – August 21 - 25
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
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