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Why Water Equity is a Major Focus of Municipalities Nationwide

by Casey O'Leary

The recent “Cleveland Water Equity Taskforce”, which focused on just one city in America, drew some important and stark conclusions that can be applied to cities and towns across the nation. Not everyone in the U.S. has equal access to reliable, safe water sources. The Water Equity Taskforce, along with the U.S. Water Alliance in several different cities, are currently conducting studies and creating road maps to implement water policies that will result in treating all citizens equally, regardless of which community they live in.

The study that the Cleveland-based taskforce came out with noted its main concerns and highlighted possible solutions that can be applied to municipalities across the country. Of course, not every community faces the same water equity problems, however, so the same assessments are currently underway in cities like Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Louisville, Camden, Buffalo and Atlanta.


The Challenges to Water Equity in America

One of the biggest challenges the report listed was aging infrastructure. Most water utility pipes across America were installed in the early to mid-1900s. Their natural lifespans are rapidly nearing their endpoint There have been reportedly 240,000 water main breaks which have contributed to more than 6 billion gallons of treated drinking water lost each year. Significant infrastructure investments and improved water treatment technology will be needed to ensure that everyone in every community has access to clean and safe potable water.

Keeping that in mind, other challenges that the taskforce discovered was a glaring need for water utilities and the communities they serve to begin making strides in the ways that they communicate with each other. Utilities need to improve transparency and make their practices and policies clear and concise to allow to communities to better understand what is happening to the water they drink each day.

Opportunities to Improve Water Quality in Municipalities Across America

Current taskforce groups in each city are creating road maps to pinpoint both strengths and weaknesses based on water quality in each community. One consistent strength they’ve discovered is that water conservation has generally increased over the years. New water treatment technologies can be implemented to drastically increase water conservation and quality at the same time.

Making the necessary infrastructure investments to improve municipal water utilities’ delivery systems and water treatment systems allow cities and towns to be more resilient to the demands of climate change. For example, more efficient municipal water treatment technology can help communities that are facing consistent rising temperatures and drier seasons to maintain important valuable water resources. In municipalities that suffer more flooding or wetter seasons the focus shifts to its water quality and to limit disruption on the production side. New technologies have been proven to drastically improve overall efficiencies in both situations.

Water Treatment Technologies Can Improve Water Equity Nationally

Municipalities can take a proactive approach to water equity by getting a clear picture of their communities’ water quality and infrastructure status to determine next steps. Contact Desalitech for a free water quality assessment and talk with Desalitech’s municipal water treatment experts at 1-617-564-1647 to start the process today.

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