Winter – Risk & Resilience
Reliable water, sewer, and storm water systems are essential to public health, a clean environment, and a strong economy. But these essential systems may be at risk – aging infrastructure, growth, strengthened regulations, seismic risk, and climate change are driving the need for significant renewal of the pipes, pumps, and equipment that make up our water systems. At the same time, fiscal restraint and public complacency impede the ability of local governments and water utilities to secure the financial resources required to sustain our water infrastructure assets.
According to the BC Water and Waste Association’s 2015 research report, Are Our Systems at Risk?, at least $13 Billion of additional investment will be required in BC to renew and replace water and wastewater infrastructure when it comes to the end of its useful life, and 27% of water systems and 38% of wastewater systems are still not covering their annual operating costs through their current water and wastewater rates. We as a sector must address these challenges such.
We are seeking articles for the winter issue of Watermark that highlight ideas, planned projects or lessons learned from existing initiatives that aim to minimize identified risks and increase the resiliency of the systems our sector oversees.
Articles due October 18, 2019
Have an idea for an article? We’d love to hear it! Please contact Kaitlyn Unwin, Communication & Engagement Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org