Laurent Auguste, President and CEO of Veolia Water Americas and board member of the Milwaukee Water Council, wrote an article last week in honor of the UN World Water Day. His article, How US Cities Can Improve Water Management Before It’s Too Late, asserts that metropolitan water infrastructure in the United States is reaching a critical point and inaction is not an option.
From coast to coast, and even in Hawaii, stress on water resources is further amplified by population growth, consumption, aging infrastructure and climate change.We’ve reached a point that is tough to ignore.
Auguste goes on to talk about specific regional issues in the U.S. as well as the budgetary demands of investing in infrastructure. Scientists agree that our municipal water infrastructure needs to change soon. Our current systems cannot sustain continued growth in population or unmaintained wear and tear. The American Society of Civil Engineers gave U.S. water systems a D- rating in 2009. But what can be done about it?
Auguste says we need something more than the usual quick fix. “The smartest decisions,” he writes, “are long-term and consider the three facets of sustainability – people, the environment and the economy.” Cities actually end up saving money in the long run when they invest in water infrastructure that suits the specific needs of those three facets.
Both Auguste and The Water Council believe we can make a lasting change in the next 25 years by managing water on the watershed level, adopting long-term solutions, and by implementing advances in water technology.
You can find the rest of Laurent Auguste’s article here: How US Cities Can Improve Water Management Before it’s Too Late