"Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all."
Alexander the Great.
Madrid, Sunday March 15. I am living the first day of confinement due to the coronavirus pandemic. It could be the start of any one of those dystopian movies that has broken box office records in recent decades, but unfortunately it's real life. Hundreds of millions of people around the world already have their freedom of movement severely restricted and they watch with bated breath the impact, expected to be devastating, of a pandemic that has caught our system off guard.
Looking back and looking for culprits may seem tempting, but honestly, I think this is not the time. No one is free to throw the first stone, and yet we can all pull our weight and help make this hardship we have to live last as little as possible. There are already countless recognitions to those who are in the front line of war: healthcare professionals, state forces and security forces, pharmacists, shopkeepers, delivery men and a long etcetera. But from here I also want to highlight the operators of water services, always essential but even more so these days. I am aware that throughout the world they are working to exhaustion to adopt measures in record time to guarantee the quality of supply and the safety of their employees.
For our part, we believe that more than ever we have to be that great meeting point for the water community. In a conjuncture in which face-to-face activity is going to disappear almost completely, Smart Water Magazine makes its power available to entities and professionals as one of the most important media in the water industry. Like our entire team, at their homes since Tuesday, March 10, we know that our readers are also adapting to this new routine. These days, we want to join forces with all of them to overcome this tough time. We are sure that your passion for water will become an antidote to fear and despair.
Strength for all. We will win this battle.