Connected Cities Blog: Water is Life

Connected Cities Blog: Water is Life

By: Gary Lawrence, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at AECOM

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Gary Lawrence, AECOM vice president and chief sustainability officer, discusses the value of water in his recent blog post in honor of World Water Day.

Monday, March 24, 2014 - 10:00am

CAMPAIGN: Cities for People

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“We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.” -- Jacques Yves Cousteau

In the U.S., we don’t worry about water. It’s always been there — when we wash our hands, fill a glass, switch on the dishwasher, run a bath, take a shower. We don’t think about it; we just use it and forget about it. For city planners and engineers, water is a logistical problem, something that has to be cleaned, distributed and collected. Farmers probably spend the most time thinking about water. Irrigating crops and watering animals is an essential business function upon which their livelihood depends.

But what value do we place on this essence of life, industry and energy? How much time do we spend lying awake at night worrying about the cost of water? How many of us fret over the possibility that we may wake up one morning and find that water simply isn’t there?

Click here to read more from this blog post by Gary Lawrence, AECOM vice president and chief sustainability officer, in honor of World Water Day.

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