The effort and resources that go into delivering safe water and wastewater services have traditionally gone unnoticed by most water users. This is a result of our infrastructure being hidden away underground or far from busy residential and commercial areas, but also because our skilled water professionals across the BC and Yukon region deliver these services each and every day without incident.
However, external forces such as population growth and climate change are now pushing water and wastewater services into the spotlight. The “new normal” of alternating floods and droughts in many regions of BC, as well as the recent water shortage faced by communities around the world such as Cape Town, South Africa, are helping to bring our sector and the resources we manage to the forefront of public consciousness. But how do we ensure this increasing profile helps propel us in a positive direction? For example, raising the profile of water issues could create the political will to fix urgent problems, but may also increase public and political scrutiny on the services we deliver. The information we provide, how we provide it, and who we provide it to can help or hinder our efforts to provide safe, sustainable water services to our communities.
The 2019 BCWWA Annual Conference and Trade Show is focused on The Rise of Water. This theme examines all the work that is taking place behind the scenes to deliver safe and reliable water services, the efforts underway to raise the public profile of the water sector and the importance of the services we provide, as well as how to best navigate the increasing spotlight on our sector as the demand for water increases while the security of its sources is in flux.