Historically, the water industry has always been characterised by its proactivity. This philosophy has enabled the treatment and management of water resources to reach levels of efficiency and sustainability that were unimaginable a few decades ago. Many of these advances have been made possible thanks to people and institutions that have an innate ability to set their sights on the future, draw the challenges we will face and develop solutions to overcome them.
Such is the case of our September cover story. With a long and brilliant career behind him, Dr Piers Clark is now the Chairman of Isle Group Ltd, a company with explosive growth in recent years that has already positioned itself as a benchmark for service operators seeking to identify and adopt new technologies.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a turning point for Isle Utilities' activities, thanks to the launch of initiatives such as the Water Action Platform, a forum aimed at sharing best practices in the water sector, which in record time has already brought together more than 1,500 members from 92 countries.
With a consolidated client portfolio and a growing community, Clark sets new challenges in a conversation with our colleague Cristina Novo. Among them, he highlights digitalisation and the use of data as the big trend of the present and the future of our industry, and the climate crisis as the most important problem we must face.
As Alan Tavor, CEO of IDE Water Technologies, states in another of the highlights of this issue, global climate changes will force the water industry to be able to manage significant fluctuation in every parameter. "Availability, quality of water sources, variating flows, and storage solutions are only part of the future challenges. As industry leaders in one of the most critical elements of our existence, we must act toward a more sustainable supply of water”.
Clark and Tavor are two of the stars of this magazine, but there is much more. I invite you to come in, enjoy it and share it with your colleagues to continue moving towards better water management around the world. Thank you for sticking with us.