Are you ready for the Resource Revolution?

Are you ready for the Resource Revolution?

You may be aware that Earth’s resources have depleted more dramatically during our lifetime than ever. Last week, on World Wildlife Day, we were reminded of the sober reality that 50% of the wild animal population has disappeared in the last 30 years. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  Another shocking statistic: the occurrence of natural disasters has tripled in the last 50 years.   Populations are growing and are exhausting an increasingly degraded climate and environment. Overburdened and obsolete infrastructure is in desperate need of repair and investment. Our economy is out of balance because many businesses have not yet recognized that sustainability is the only path to profitability.   Taken together, all of this amounts to a gathering resource crisis on a global scale. We are at the dawn of a resource revolution; like the agricultural, industrial and digital revolutions that have come before us. And you may wonder if you are “ready” for this turning point in humanity’s relationship with the environment.   On March 12, 2015 we will outline a path that will lead the way from resource crisis to resource revolution.   Join the discussion on how to secure a resourceful future for all #RRTour @open_resource and visit http://www.resourcerevolutiontour.com/en/ to the watch a live discussion at 11:30 am EST on March 12....
On the 40th Anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act

On the 40th Anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act

4 things we know to be true about the next 40 years in water management … Safe drinking water is available from nearly every tap in America. Yet there are many areas across the world where this basic need is still viewed as a luxury. And when you consider that nearly 1 billion people globally lack access to water, you can understand why our environment and public health system here in America is a proud accomplishment. We know that many take safe drinking water for granted today. But did you know that when the Safe Drinking Water Act was signed into law 40 years ago, 40 percent of our nation’s drinking water systems failed to meet even basic health standards? Thanks to the Safe Drinking Water Act and the work and innovations of employees like ours at United Water who make the water safe and the source water clean; customers can trust their taps and businesses can reliably operate. As we look to the next 40 years, we know that we will face different challenges and opportunities as water managers.   We know that significant infrastructure maintenance, repair and replacement needs exist in our service areas and in cities across the country. Municipal leaders are facing these challenges with increasingly limited budgets. We know that major companies will locate where water will be clean and plentiful. Those same businesses will require innovation to develop sustainable operations and will place a premium on responsible management of this resource. We know that to continue to provide safe, reliable drinking water we have to understand water issues as part of a circular economy; that...
How water and waste innovations make cities possible

How water and waste innovations make cities possible

What do toilets and iPhone’s have in common? How did water, sewer and solid waste innovations make cities possible? And why is big infrastructure essential to make cities function? If you want answers, we recommend you watch this fantastic PBS video. Part of a six part series titled “HOW WE GOT TO NOW” with Steven Johnson, “The Story of Clean” is a captivating one that traces innovations in the water, sewer and waste industry that can be credited for the making of the modern world. The narrator connects seemingly unconnected developments in high-tech, fashion, law and order and health to the so-called “heroes of clean.” Johnson also animates the story of our own United Water forefathers who took then-radical water treatment measures to eradicate cholera and typhoid in the early 1900’s. We know now that access to clean drinking water and the prevention of its contamination through waste management is the backbone for the circular economy. But it is gratifying to look at our daily work through a broad historical lens.  ...