This roundtable aims to challenge some of the studies and prevailing wisdom offered by ‘armchair travelers’ who insist that utility operators ‘must be innovative’, public works directors ‘must change their mindset’, utilities 'have to modernize', or our favorite... ‘the future is digital’.
As our featured participants will attest, the reality on the ground at most water/wastewater utilities stands in stark contrast to: 1) naive ‘insights’ about utility 'modernization', 2) childlike euphoria around the promise of the US $1.2T infrastructure deal, and 3) low-calorie ‘observations’ shared on-stage at water-tech conferences.
After each featured participant introduces themselves, the group will engage in unscripted, but moderated, discussion about why digitization is stalled for most communities, and what's impeding privatization and consolidation efforts. The discussion will conclude with a sober assessment of the barriers water/wastewater utilities face in N. America, and realistic versions of how water/wastewater utilities will 'modernize' over the coming years.
This discussion will be of interest to individuals operating at the intersection of water/wastewater utilities, smart city, public health & safety, and social impact.
Anders Hallsby, Mazarine, Moderator
Chris Sosnowski, WaterClick
Alexander Loucopoulos, Sciens Water
Shirley Ben-Dak, CEO & Founder at Bird-Eye Consulting
Alan Tucker, Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District