Access to clean, potable water and environmentally sound wastewater collection programs is a basic human right, yet for many communities this is not yet a reality. While we are very fortunate in the United States, affordability is becoming a significant issue throughout the industry, highlighting how members of our society struggle to access safe and reliable water. Water as a social equity issue was the primary topic of discussion at this year’s UMC, as finding sustainable, resilient solutions to this issue is a necessity for water utilities and the communities they serve. Solving this issue means becoming fit-for-future.
The future is bright
One of the qualities that makes our industry resilient is people. Following two years of remote meetings and virtual conferences, we were excited to see our colleagues in person again, as nothing can replace the value of being face-to-face to discuss the challenging issues facing our industry and to collaborate on solutions to those problems. We’ve faced many stressors recently including the pandemic, funding issues, and workforce retirement, but we’ve proved that we are resilient and that now there is an opportunity to formalize how we manage risk and resiliency.
In our well-attended workshops and sessions, we provided opportunities for attendees to start thinking and planning around what the future of our industry will look like. Attendees participated in hands-on exercises to discover best approaches to resiliency and implementation strategies for their organizations and worked to develop tangible outcomes that put innovation to work that they can apply to their organizations right away.
If you were unable to attend our sessions at UMC or see value in offering these workshops to a broader audience within your organization, please reach out to me today.