Video: Smart Water Equity: Data-Enabled Affordability and Justice

On November 9, 2022, the Cleveland Water Alliance held its November 2022 Water Data Forum on smart water equity. The discussion, hosted by Max Herzog of Cleveland Water Alliance, explored systemic injustices in the world of water, decision making and funding on a federal level, the importance of community outreach and visibility and whether the nation is doing enough to address the scope of these issues. (webinar info).

Panelists included Ian Robinson, President of BlueConduit, Constance Haqq, Chief Administrative Officer at Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and Letitia Carpenter, Senior Program Manager at US Water Alliance.

Hear the full conversation on Smart Water Equity in the recording

“In the utility space and as a technology provider to utilities, it is really incumbent on us, and anybody in the sector, to be aware and to understand how these systemic issues and underlying inequities are apparent and present everywhere in our society.”

– iAN roBINSON (12:45 – 13:05)

“In order to accurately create a definition that combats systemic injustice and actually targets those most in need, the states will have to use data.”

Letitia cARPENTER (31:07 – 31:14)

“When we did our studies most recently we found $3 billion worth of need for water quality issues right in our own community of NE Ohio. As utilities have not really had federal support since the 80’s – our costs have all come from our local community citizens, customers and neighbors. So the real solutions are going to have to be found from the ideas and the investments of our local communities.”

Constance haqq (37:11 – 37:50)

See the full Water Data Forum archive on the Cleveland Water Alliance website.

About BlueConduit

BlueConduit pioneered the predictive modeling approach to lead service line identification and replacement. Through our SaaS platform, utilities, municipalities, government agencies, and consultants standardize, predict, report, and communicate key information about lead.

See the original post about the Water Data Forum Webinar here for more information.