The 2017 State of the Water Industry report shows water professionals could use a pick-me-up. Since AWWA began the annual survey began more than a dozen years ago, respondents’ perception of the overall health of the industry has declined steadily – with a couple of blips along the way – and is now at its lowest point. The current health of the industry is rated 4.3 on a scale of 1 to 7, as compared to 4.5 last year. Since the survey was first conducted in 2004, the rating had never fallen below 4.4.
In addition to infrastructure and workforce challenges, today’s water professional faces a plateful of issues that includes the sector’s credibility due to Flint, adequacy of water supplies, and recovering the cost of services.