Editorial Letter: Join Our Conversation Online

June 16, 2021

This editorial letter originally appeared in iWWD Summer 2021 issue as "Join Our Conversation Online"

About the author:

Bob Crossen is Senior Managing Editor of iWWD & WWD. Crossen can be reached at [email protected]

The lead article in this issue of Industrial WWD is one of critical importance for industrial users, as it specifically highlights regulations and compliance that you will need to consider for your business. This is the first of three articles on this subject that we will be publishing each quarter, so be sure to read each article in the series through the rest of the year.

Additionally, we have a webinar on this subject with panel experts, including the the author of that article. Attend the live event June 23 at 3 p.m. Eastern time or view it on demand by visiting bit.ly/iwwdwebinar2. Attendance is free and we hope you’ll view it live to join our conversation and ask the panelists further questions.

Lastly, I would be remiss if I did not highlight the ongoing news coverage regarding infrastructure in the U.S. President Joe Biden unveiled the American Jobs Plan at the end of March 2021 with a $2 trillion price tag. Of that total dollar figure, $111 billion would be dedicated to the water and wastewater industry. While most of the focus is on the municipal side, the industrial users will also benefit from some of the provisions, should it pass.

One such provision is the funneling of money to water innovation and technology. Much like Europe and India where it is common that the federal government helps to fund new technologies for the water and wastewater sector, if the American Jobs Plan were to pass, it could inject money into research and development of new technologies for municipal water and wastewater treatment.

But as we all know, the technology does not differ too much from the municipal side to the industrial side, so by proxy, industrial users could see that technology impact their business futures.

Naturally, this is all speculation because the passage of Biden’s plan remains uncertain, but I believe it is important to share a vision of the future so we have an idea of where we could head. So what do you see for the future of industrial water and wastewater? What is your vision for an infrastructure plan for the industry?

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