Better Infrastructure Through Innovation – Water Online Discussion with Jim Porteous, Ovivo
A 2015 estimate by the U.S. EPA put the necessary drinking water infrastructure investment in America at $1 trillion over the next 20 years. On the wastewater side, the American Society of Civil Engineers put a price tag of $298 billion for capital investment in the same span. There are countless anecdotes — not to mention lost revenue and hours of labor — that point to fundamental problems in our water and wastewater network. As one of the go-to companies for cities looking to improve that network, Ovivo has seen these infrastructure issues firsthand. To find an ounce of hope in what seems to be a dire situation, Water Online spoke with Jim Porteous, Ovivo’s vice president of municipal North America. He spoke about how cities can overcome their infrastructural issues, where there’s room to innovate, and the industry’s trend towards reuse.
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