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News, Films and Events in the World of Water

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It’s undeniable that water is a crucial source to all living things on this planet. Now more than ever; this is a timely topic among industry professionals, local governments, scientists, and residents. How can we sustain our water resources now and in the future?

water from sinkMany questions may arise when it comes to researching our water resources. Such as the purity of our water, means of transportation, consumption and most importantly – where our water comes from and how much of it is needed for our population. 

It’s a great idea to familiarize yourself with the “world of water” around you – local sources of water, news surrounding your area, lowering consumption use, etc. 

There’s news surrounding a new water pipeline system to deliver water to West Texas and southeast New Mexico, an idea presented at the 2020 Permian Basin Water in Energy Conference. Reagan Kneese, executive vice president, said company officials met with a number of supporters and things look positive. Phillip Laughlin, Palisade Pipeline president, said the company is finalizing commercial agreements as it prepares to begin construction of the pipeline system, which will take the water from Lubbock’s wastewater reservoir and move it west to end users. He said the company plans to order the pipeline system materials in early 2021.

Construction is expected to take about six months, and water should begin to flow through the system late next year or early 2022. Companies that pump groundwater to sell is their main competition for this water pipeline project.

As residents, how can you get involved & educated? Here are some films and events offering solutions to today’s water issues: 

Films 

A ClassicErin Brockovich.  A powerful true story and great introduction to water issues among communities. Julia Roberts plays a legal assistant and single mother who almost single-handedly takes down a California power company accused of polluting the city’s water supply. 

Transformative: Blue Gold: World Water Wars. This documentary looks at the current disputes and competition between private interests, corporations and governments over water. Based on the book Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World’s Water.

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Myth Buster: Last Call at the Oasis.  Another award-winning documentary that shatters myths behind our most precious resource. This film exposes defects in the current system, shows communities already struggling with its ill-effects and highlight individuals championing revolutionary solutions during the global water crisis.

In the works“Water Touches All”.  A documentary feature on the Pipelines and the Future of Texas by ZCreative Media in Austin, TX. You can visit the crowdfunding page here: (fundrazr.com)

Events

Texas Water 2021 

Texas Water 2021Texas Water 2021 will be hosting a virtual event March 29-April 1! This is an amazing opportunity to be part of the largest regional water conference in the U.S. 

There are discounts offered for American Water Works Association (AWWA) / TWWA and Water Environment Association of Texas (WEAT) / WEF members, as well as students. With 130 speakers, and on demand sessions – this an educational event and opportunity for professionals to earn up to 60 training credits. 

There are also several events surrounding the conference

Dodson’s Fun Run – a virtual run March 25 through March 30. 

Golf Tournament – Deadline April 15th. Registration Fees and Scholarship Sponsorships for the Texas Water 2021 – Virtual Scholarship Golf Tournament will go toward the scholarship programs.

WFP Auction – The Water For People 2021 Texas Silent Auction will be held from March 29th-April 1st.

Mark your calendars! Later in the year there’s…

Water For Texas 2021

Water for Texas Conference“A clear vision for the future starts with innovative thinking and strategic planning. It requires an understanding of where we’ve come from and a shared line of sight to where we need to be.” The Water for Texas 2021 conference will bring together industry experts, visionaries, and innovators from around the state and country. You can join here for updates on the conference, which runs from September 27-29th. You can also follow #WaterForTexas on social media. Panels, keynote speakers, networking, and conversations will help us map our future by discussing:

  • Water science and technology
  • Drought and flood
  • Innovative solutions to water challenges
  • Texas water policy
  • Communications strategies

Among the larger conferences and virtual events, there are also organizations offering resources and webinars. It’s a great idea to follow organizations, blogs, etc. that interest you – through social media!

Resources/Organizations

WaterWorld

An all-in-one resource guide to everything in the water industry. Drinking water, wastewater, water management, technologies and the environment – all of these topics are covered! You can subscribe to their newsletter or magazine, and find the latest water industry worldwide, here. 

WEAT/WEF 

The Water Environment Association of Texas (WEAT) is a non-profit and open association of water environmental professionals, practitioners and operations specialists, and public officials with a broad range of expertise working together to foster members’ professional growth and development, educate the public on water quality issues, and benefit society through protection and enhancement of the water environment.

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of 35,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. As a global water sector leader since 1928, the WEF mission is to “connect water professionals; enrich the expertise of water professionals; increase the awareness of the impact and value of water; and provide a platform for water sector innovation”.

TRWA

Since 1969, The Texas Rural Water Association has become a statewide educational and trade association that represents the full spectrum of the rural water community. Dedicated to helping water and wastewater systems provide efficient service and clean, safe drinking water to their customers.  There is an active membership of approximately 750 retail public utilities that provide water and wastewater service to 3 million customers throughout Texas. There are also nearly 200 water/wastewater industry suppliers that make up the TRWA  Associate Membership.

TAWWA/AWWA

Professional Water Pioneers in the southwest originally created the the Southwestern Water Works Association in 1912. In 1927, the name changed to the Southwest Water Works Association and included water professionals from Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. In the late 1960s, the advantages of a separate section for Texas became apparent to members – so they eventually created the  Texas Section of AWWA in 1971.

Since then, the section has grown to become the second largest of AWWA’s 43 sections. With over 4,000 members and volunteers committed to the vision of “a better Texas through safe and sustainable water”.  And the mission of “providing solutions to protect public health, the environment, and effectively manage water Texas’s most vital resource”. 

running waterWhat are you thoughts on the water solutions for our future?  

Are we doing enough? Are we educating enough? 

What resources do you turn to?

Let TexasRealFood know through social media! These conversations are great to keeping going until we find the right solutions. You can read here how there is more to boiling water than you think. Or about the devastating effects of overfishing. The world of water is all around us – and we are all effected. It’s good to stay in the know with recent news and information. 

 

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Liz Fisher March 27, 2021 - 7:24 am

I certainly believe in water conservation. The way I am going to help is by using containers to grow veggies, by lining 2/3 of the container with compost using all the debris we collected from cleaning from our yard, plus kitchen scraps and anything else I can find. I will top the container with good soil I made last year. I have bore holes on the bottom , set the containers on old pallet and catch the water that drips and put it back in the container . I seldom will need to water.

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