SmartCover’s Industry Icon, David Drake penned this article in Water & Wastes Digest (WWD) in honor of this year’s Imagine a Day Without Water day on October 21. David opens the article with this overview and then drills down to discuss specifics on what sorts of information we need to deal with anticipating and avoiding water supply interruptions.
“We don’t have to imagine very deeply to gain insight into Imagine a Day Without Water. The city of Cape Town, more than 20 cities in India, and numerous metropolitan areas have faced the threat of a diminished supply of water. There are a variety of root causes for these disasters, including climate change, groundwater overdraft from overpopulation, under-investment in aging infrastructure, poor long-term planning, war and failure of leadership.
Imagine A Day Without Water creates a high bar for each of us—as water professionals—to embrace the responsibility, carry the integrity, and apply the intellectual power to mitigate or avoid these risks altogether. Like most global risks, these things fall on us with subtlety and gradual deterioration, until there is general awareness of the problem.”