Webinar | July 2014
Innovations in Water Treatment and Conservation
Only 3 percent of the world’s water is fresh, with 2
percent locked up in glaciers and polar ice caps. The remaining 1
percent that is available for human and animal uses has seemed, in the
past, to be an inexhaustible, yet vital, resource. Abundant water for
drinking, sanitation, industry, irrigation, transportation and
recreation has been a hallmark of much of the South. Development
pressures, changes in precipitation patterns and transitioning
priorities and consumption levels, however, have caused a shift in this
situation. To offset or prevent water scarcity, many states in The
Council of State Governments’ Southern Legislative Conference have
adopted creative solutions to water treatment and reuse, but states
must ensure water quality standards and public health concerns are met.
This webinar provided a broad overview of the status and causes of water scarcity in SLC states and addressed ways in which state legislators can promote innovation in water treatment while conserving valuable natural resources.