As municipalities across the nation take stock of the changes happening with the new administration, many are recognizing the need to preserve environmental goals that directly correlate to health, safety and welfare of their residents. How are they taking the lead?
While some see this as a defiant expression toward the Trump administration’s rollbacks on EPA regulations, others see it as an opportunity for cities to take ownership of important processes within their communities. Either way, the result is the same: a heightened focus on clean water, air and sewage. Cities are particularly concerned about the physically and economically destructive effects of climate change, which can have millions of dollars of repercussion on some communities. Extreme weather events such as heat waves, droughts, downpours and other storms, increasing in severity, have an immediate economic and public safety impact. Municipalities recognize that some change can mean a drastic change in farm crop production or public health issues, such as the Zika virus.
Fortunately, there are also some notable benefits of taking over such regulatory oversight. There are real jobs, for instance, created in the energy and construction industries that stay local. At the top of the list for these municipalities is addressing critical issues with infrastructure. Infrastructure, much of which is outdated across the country, is directly impacted by severe weather events as well, making it the perfect place to start. In addition to corroded or outdated piping systems, treatment facilities with outdated equipment is an equal hazard.
Municipalities need not worry, however, that upgrading a sewage treatment facility will be so expensive that it cannot be done, particularly in light of the recent budgeting issues most communities have. In fact, working with innovative technology, such as Komax’s heaters or static mixers, can save quite a bit of energy immediately, paying for itself in a matter of time. The process becomes more efficient and reliable, ensuring that things like clean water and waste water are properly treated. Partner with Komax to make a difference to your community.