2016 Idea Lab: Drinking water
Aging infrastructure, droughts, and environmental contaminants are stressing water systems everywhere. Moreover, the recent crisis in Flint, Michigan is a reminder that we can’t take our water for granted. It is imperative to plan for a future of safe, sustainable and affordable drinking water.
A practical water future requires balancing tradeoffs between social, economic, environmental, and health factors. Insights from many fields can help inform the balance of these factors. Effective implementation demands collaboration among stakeholders with different perspectives and interests.
We are uniquely poised to tap expertise from multiple campuses and communities to identify opportunities for innovation in water systems. Our National Forum Series will identify key trends, opportunities and challenges and lead to a series of proposals at both the local and national levels.