Environmental Protection

Water Conservation and Colorado River Preservation Discussed at ACE13

During last week’s AWWA ACE13 conference in Denver, Colo., water professionals were asked to consider water conservation in their everyday activities. Attendees were also informed about the issues the Colorado River is facing and how preservation of the river is possible through certain avenues.

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) Annual Conference and Exposition opened up with over 2,000 water experts in attendance as Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced June 9-15 as “Water Professionals Week”.  And John Hickenlooper, Colorado Governor, said “every conversation about water should begin with water conservation.”

"Legacies are generated when people unite around a challenge with a specific vision for solving it to make the world they live in better," Anderson said. "That's exactly what we’ll do over the next few days together -- we come together, bringing all our unique expertise and talents, and we solve problems that are common to all of us,” stated Charlie Anderson, AWWA president.

The Colorado River was also discussed during the conference. Professors and researchers spoke about the Colorado River Basin and how western water rights should be protected. Major water management issues were brought to light and several speakers revealed how there is some potential for larger and longer water shortages by using traditional methods. As a resolution, speakers urged attendees to look at alternatives to use for potable reuse.

The conference took place last week in Denver Colorado.

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