Laurent Auguste article on the state of water in the U.S.

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



About The Water Council

The Water Council, the only organization of its kind in the United States, was established in 2009 by Milwaukee-area businesses, education and government leaders. With more than 150 water technology companies in the Milwaukee area, the region’s water industry is a $10.5 billion dollar market and accounts for four percent of the world’s total water business. The non-profit organization is linking together global water technology companies, innovative water entrepreneurs, acclaimed academic research programs and, most importantly, some of the nation’s brightest and most energetic professionals. The Water Council is capturing the attention of the world and transforming the Milwaukee region into a World Water Hub for freshwater research, economic development and education. The Water Council is located in the Global Water Center at 247 W. Freshwater Way, Suite 500, Milwaukee, WI 53204.
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