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March 22nd marks World Water Day and the Water Environment Federation (WEF), a UN-Water Partner is committed to engaging the water community in this public education effort.
Stormwater is the only growing source of water pollution in many watersheds across the country. Our urban area populations are expected to grow nearly 70% by 2050 and storm events are becoming more frequent and intense. In such a scenario, stormwater is perceived by some as a nuisance to be dealt with expeditiously rather than an increasingly valuable resource.
I watched in horror as the insurrection unfolded at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, 2021. Wrapped into that worry was my overwhelming concern for everything that WEF and its members value. In case the connection between domestic terrorism and clean water and affordable services is not immediately obvious, let me explain.
November 19 is World Toilet Day, the annual reminder about the importance of sanitation to health, communities, the environment, and the economy. While the day organized by the United Nations (UN) is an opportunity to celebrate how much the toilet has done for civilization, it also serves as a stark reminder that over 4 billion people live without access to safety managed sanitation.
With the water sector deeply involved in the response to the coronavirus pandemic, WEF administered a second in a series of quick, informal polls concerning the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the sector. The focus of this poll was to gain some general insights into the effects on the supply chain.
Water professionals on the front lines in the water and wastewater sector, especially those in maintenance and facility operations, may not have the option of working from home during shutdowns like those caused by the coronavirus outbreak. In addition, each member has technically specialized knowledge unique to their community systems.
With the water sector protecting public health throughout the coronavirus pandemic, WEF administered a quick, informal poll to gain some insights into how this situation is effecting the water workforce. The results below were collected between March 23 and 28.
During these challenging times, we want to be clear about what we know about coronavirus and water treatment. The obligations of the drinking water and wastewater treatment sector to the public and our workforce is not put on hold when new contaminants entering our systems come with unknowns. We follow the best science available and make decisions to protect public and occupational health.
WEF is taking steps to help ensure the health and safety of our members, staff, and the community as well as seeking alternate avenues to provide the educational content and expertise you need. Watch video messages from WEF President Jackie Jarrell and WEF Executive Director Walt Marlowe.