Which is the primary challenge facing water and wastewater professionals?
In our view at MuniApp, consumer cost and the limited financing options available to utilities are going to be paramount. In the U.S, aging infrastucture replacement has compounded exponentially the water quality and drought issues. There is no way to postpone infrastructure challenges and people are tired of more taxes and fees. But water is a life necessity.
I outlined just a brief overview in a recent blog post http://www.muniapp.net/#!How-Highs-the-Water-Risin/chsn/56ca22ef0cf2d76542b560cc. But there is just so much more to be identified, managed and paid for.
Probably public awareness, in combination with the funds needs to address infrastructure. Numerous communities are facing bond issues where millions of $$ are needed to upgrade systems. Many people don't like the idea of a higher utility bill, maybe rightly so in some areas, because they feel like they're not getting value from their investments. Local communication, transparent costs, and information in a plain language would solve at least some of these challenges.
I think that's the heart of the message in this piece: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/unleashing-power-potential-david-st-pierre