WEFTEC, the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference, is the biggest meeting of its kind in North America. WEFTEC offers thousands of water quality professionals from around the world the best water quality education and training available. Also recognized as the world’s largest annual water quality exhibition, this expansive show floor provides unparalleled access to the most cutting-edge technologies in the field; serves as a forum for domestic and international business opportunities, and promotes invaluable peer-to-peer networking between its more than 20,000 attendees.
The health of our worlds citizens needs improvement. Even industrialized, first world countries, like the United States, have had issues with polluted water, endangering the public waterways and making our citizens sick. This begs the question how do we improve health globally? Well, it’s probably easier than we think, but it will take effort and a long term strategy. If we can improve our sanitation, we can improve the survival rate of our world’s citizens.With water-related diseases responsible for 80% of all illnesses and deaths in developing countries it’s time to take a step back think about what we can do now.
Let’s face it, we know that consumption is growing at every level. When the economy is good we consume more. This is especially true within the food and beverage manufacturing sector. With growing demands for food and our global population growing, food manufacturing is probably a good bet.
Modern American sewer systems were first built in the mid-nineteenth century as a reaction to the worsening of sanitary conditions brought on by massive industrialization and urbanization. But even after decades of advancements in many other aspects of industrialization and, still an average U.S water pipe is 77 years old, a great many were laid in the 19th century. Sewers are even older. Most should have been replaced decades ago.
We all know that our water resources are limited and face increasing pressures from climate change, pollution, population growth, and aging water infrastructure. Professionals in the water industry know we are facing a global water crisis. Thankfully, many experts are hard at work on solutions.
The XXXI Olympic games are officially in full swing. A week into the events and there has been much talk about the infrastructure issues that plague the city of Rio de Janeiro. Guanabara Bay has had much of the attention when it comes to the pollution problems as many see it as a massive hazard to the athlete’s health.
With Western states in the US already seriously struggling to keep up with water demands, America needs to take a hard look at how much water we really need to be using and how we lessen our addiction to water. The United States is the number one consumer of water per capita. This means we use more water than any other nation… but why?
There's a common economic paradox about the price tag on drinking water and value. Our current economic climate places prices on things predicated on scarcity and value. Water pricing is now more widespread, with the dual goal of expanding supply and encouraging more responsible use. So long as water remained abundant, the cheapness of drinking water is not likely to change. However, the price of water has entered into serious questioning.
When it comes to our recreational sports we, as Americans, certainly love to get out and play (almost as much as the Aussies). So what happens when your beloved past time starts to make you sick? This is exactly what has happened to surfers in San Diego.