Water Unites Us
When I started my consulting business, people asked me "why water?" They were bewildered by the perception that water is a global problem; they assumed that water utilities are content with how they work today; and they were not certain that smart water technologies actually exist.
I can see why some people might be confused with my choice. There has not been federal funding or mandates for water infrastructure upgrades like there was with the electric smart grid in 2009. However, water stresses, water quality and water fights will continue to challenge all regions of the world...including the United States.
So in my first blog I will address the question of “why water?”
Water Unites Us All
According to the United Nations, by 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity, and two-thirds of the world population could live under water stress conditions.
I have spent many years working with water utilities and technology companies. I have studied the global data and discussed challenges with local city officials and federal agencies. Access to clean drinking water is not just a problem in developing nations or in drought-ridden regions, it is a problem in every city and every rural area, in every country.
The challenges may look different, but ultimately we all share the problem of getting enough clean water to sustain population growth, provide for agricultural needs and support all of the industries that depend on water. My passion for water runs deep and my mission is to promote technology innovations focused on solving the world’s water challenges.
Water is a common force which unites us all…but its future could divide us…more on that next time.