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Clarkson University Professor to Deliver Keynote Address on Emerging Drinking Water Challenges

Clarkson University Professor and Chair of Civil & Environmental Engineering James Edzwald will deliver the keynote address at the 18th annual Water Quality Symposium of the New England Water Works Association in May.

James EdzwaldHis presentation will focus on emerging drinking water challenges that cities face, such as the concerns about lead in the drinking water in Flint, Mich.

Now and into the future, communities will work to treat water containing total organic carbon, disinfection byproducts, trace organic compounds, harmful algae, nanoparticles and oxyanions. Fresh water supplies also are scarce in some areas, requiring desalination.

"At the same time, universities have reduced graduate education in water supply, drinking water treatment and water quality," Edzwald said. "Consequently, there will be a shortage of professionals for the water field."

The New England Water Works Association is the leading authority on education, training opportunities and public outreach to protect and improve drinking water and water utility operations. The organization is an instrument of change to advance the knowledge, science, government awareness, public trust and environmental stewardship of the water works profession.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

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