Before COVID-19, there was PFAS. Before that, there was the lead crisis. And prior to that, the water/wastewater industry was already contending with outdated, insufficient, and underfunded infrastructure. All of these issues, and more, have converged at this moment, with the pandemic making each existing problem that much harder to solve.
Thankfully, organizations such as the American Water Works Association (AWWA) are available with tools and guidance to help navigate these challenges. In this conversation with Water Talk's Todd Schnick and Kevin Westerling, AWWA CEO David LaFrance shares insight on COVID-19's impact, including the cancellation of AWWA's Annual Conference & Exposition (ACE), while offering a game plan — and optimism — for tackling the industry's other crises and securing our water future.