Does the US need a federal Department of Water? | MIT SloanAaron Mandell, founder and CEO of Wacomet Water, says the U.S. needs to double down o...Does the US need a federal Department of Water? | MIT Sloan
Aaron Mandell, founder and CEO of Wacomet Water, says the U.S. needs to double down on building new technology to ensure water security in America for the next century.
Climate change has contributed to dramatic weather events. With severe flooding and drought happening across the nation, the U.S. needs a national water strategy to manage outdated infrastructure and technology, according to a presentation at the most recent MIT Water Summit.
“It’s very timely to create a new department that is responsible for water quantity and water quality in the United States,” said Aaron Mandell, founder and CEO of Wacomet Water, which creates technology that transforms unusable water into drinking water. “We need to double down on building the technology that’s going to secure water in America for the next 100 years, and that’s something that requires a new national water strategy.”
In his presentation at the summit, Mandell detailed three areas of concern a Department of Water could coordinate at the federal level.
US water technology is behind the curve
Mandell is an advocate for desalination, a technological process that removes minerals from saline water to make it drinkable. The ability to generate potable water on a large scale through this process would represent “an incredible domestic resource” that could help create economic stability.