In these times of drought, following regulations to keep our drinking water safe is more important than ever. Storm water management has a long history worth reviewing.
In the 1980s, the EPA conducted a Nationwide Urban Runoff Program study to determine the extent to which urban runoff contributed to water quality problems and to evaluate practices for controlling urban runoff. The NURP study recommended that urban stormwater runoff be added to the list of environmental issues which require controls to protect water quality.
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Water scarcity has become an economic issue, threatening industries as well as regions and ways of life. As such, corporate leaders are beginning to realize they need to get involved in finding solutions.
“We need to get the water industry to be known for its innovation rather than its conservatism,” said Water Smart Software CEO Robin Gilthorpe.
His words emerged as the consensus at the Economic Power of Water conference hosted by the Wharton School of Business and GE Power & Water last week in San Francisco. Corporate, government and non-profit leaders gathered there to discuss the world’s pressing water problem.
As the global demand for water is encroaching on its supply — the U.N. reports that 1.2 billion people live in an area of physical water scarcity — participants spoke about the need to improve efficiency in corporate water use, innovate around water reuse technology and enhance water education and outreach.
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