Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Gov. Mario Cuomo Addresses Water Professionals at American Water Works Association's Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE08) in Atlanta

PRNewswire-USNewswire/-- Speaking before an audience of water professionals from throughout the world at the American Water Works Association's (AWWA) Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE08), former New York Governor Mario Cuomo addressed a variety of critical issues, noting that "water is as indispensable as the air we breathe."

Cuomo, who served as New York's governor from 1983 until 1994, offered his views on today's most pressing water-related issues. He spoke about many of the challenges facing the industry, including water supply and shortages, infrastructure concerns, and workforce challenges. Cuomo cited the development of a third tunnel to deliver water to Manhattan -- an undertaking that began decades ago -- as an example of the immense infrastructure challenges facing much of the United States.

In addition to water concerns, Cuomo also provided his views on a number of other issues, including the U.S. economy, the war in Iraq, health care and immigration. He argued that many of these issues could be addressed if political leaders would set aside their ideologies and simply use "common sense." He also spoke about the U.S. presidential election and said he hoped to hear more from candidates on water-related issues.

Thousands of water professionals gathered this week at ACE08 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta to explore the future of safe water, gain insight into cutting-edge research and best practices, and experience the latest products and services available to the water community.

Over the remaining days, in addition to the numerous professional sessions, ACE08 will feature special events such as the always-entertaining AWWA Pipe-Tapping Contest -- a fast-paced competition of skill in which water operators from across North America work against the clock to open cement-lined, ductile-iron pipe and install a tap.

The ACE08 Exposition features 500 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services available to help ensure safe water. These exhibitors offer expert insight and hands-on understanding for everything from pipes to valves, meters to hydrants, engineering services to tank-related companies, membrane filtration systems to laboratory equipment, and security to wastewater. The New Product Technology Showcase also returns to highlight the newest and most innovative products and technology available.

ACE08 features a professional program consisting of approximately 100 sessions, comprised of more than 500 presentations given by more than 1,000 experts in the water industry, plus 14 in-depth workshops.

Established in 1881, AWWA is the oldest and largest nonprofit, scientific and educational organization dedicated to safe water in North America. AWWA has approximately 60,000 members worldwide, and its 4,600 utility members serve 80 percent of America's population.

AWWA is the authoritative resource for knowledge, information and advocacy to improve the quality and supply of water in North America and beyond. AWWA is the largest organization of water professionals in the world. AWWA advances public health, safety and welfare by uniting the efforts of the full spectrum of the water community. Through our collective strength we become better stewards of water for the greatest good of the people and the environment.

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