Water Online

November 2017

Water Innovations gives Water and Wastewater Engineers and end-users a venue to find project solutions and source valuable product information. We aim to educate the engineering and operations community on important issues and trends.

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• • • • • • • • • • • • Hopes: If you're part of the retiring set and can't quite see the above (just kidding), here are some highlights. "I hope to see direct water reuse technology accessible for all humanity." "That society's commitment to safe water keeps pace with technology and capabilities." "Change the status quo to make environmental consciousness the norm." "Protect and enhance our waterfronts as the center of our communities." "That more people value water and are proud of being a water professional." "That the new generation and succeeding generations pick up the baton and carry it to the finish line." ...And Fears: "My greatest fear is that we fail to leverage the minds and hearts of people outside of the water sector who have the amazing potential to help us solve the challenges ahead." "Fear that social media and politics will marginalize good science." "Water will face increased commoditization and vulnerable populations will see access decrease." "As an engineer working for a growing community, my greatest fear is to not do it right." "That we will continue linear advancement when we need disruptive change." "That we won't miss the water until the well runs dry." There were some very practical responses on both sides of the equation — or chalkboard, as it were — with hopes including solutions for "flushable" wipes and proper funding, and fears such as job-stealing robots and regulatory uncertainty. But more than anything, I'm struck by the sense of service and compassion conveyed. This is an industry that cares about taking care of others, and if that's the Water Legacy passed down from one generation to the next, the future is in excellent hands. EDITOR'SLETTER wateronline.com n Water Innovations How do we attract young people to the cause and vocation of water stewardship at a time when water issues are more critical than ever? And are they ready for the challenge? 7

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