WB09 - Rising to Meet the 21st Century Clean Water Challenge, Powered by Pecha Kucha

Tuesday, November 7 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM | 204AB « Back

Abstract Text:

Access to clean water, our most precious resource, depends upon a reliable water infrastructure system that preserves, treats, and delivers safe drinking water to our nation’s communities. However, much of America’s water infrastructure is nearing the end of its useful life and must be replaced. Many communities strain to maintain and operate their water treatment systems. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly half a million U.S. households still do not have access to safe drinking water or a working toilet. As much as 25-30% of the treated water that goes into our distribution systems leaks into the ground as it flows through pipes installed as many as 150 years ago. Those losses not only squander a vital and sometimes scarce resource, they represent a massive waste of energy and capital. Compounding the problem, our shifting population brings significant growth to some areas of the country requiring larger pipe networks to provide water service, while population decreases in other areas deplete budgets necessary to sustain water systems built for larger customer bases. These imbalances sometimes disproportionally impact less advantaged segments of society. This session will examine some of these challenges, and emerging and innovative solutions. This session comprises two, one-hour segments of four speakers who will deliver perspectives in a lively, “Pecha Kucha” format. The first segment is titled “Rising to Meet 21st Century Drinking Water Challenges” and the second is titled “Water-Energy-Food Nexus.” Pecha Kucha 20x20 is a presentation format where speakers show 20 images, each for 20 seconds each (invented by architects in Tokyo). It’s a fun and quick way to deliver information.

Learning Objectives:

Identify the major challenges faced by utilities and water companies in protecting drinking water quality.

Describe current and emerging health threats associated with our nation’s drinking water.

Discuss regulatory and political issues posed by water quality issues, both in the US and abroad.

Identify technological innovations that can help alleviate challenges associated with treating, preserving and delivering quality drinking water.

Learning Level:

Level 400 - Mastery


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Event Type: WaterBuild Summit > Session