NAWI Executive Director, Dr. Peter Fiske, recently engaged in a compelling conversation with Jeanne Destro, the Morning News Anchor for WAKR Radio’s “This Week in Tech.” Broadcasting on the esteemed “Soft Hits 93.5 FM,” the commercial radio station is dedicated to serving Akron, Ohio.
In a timely alignment with Akron’s recent announcement of an impending water rate hike, Jeanne Destro’s focus on water-related issues struck a chord. The City of Akron revealed plans to raise water rates for residents by a minimum of $10.00 per month, commencing in January. As local concerns mount about the financial implications of this decision, the global perspective remains poignant, with millions worldwide yearning for access to clean water—a stark reminder of the privilege many take for granted.
The conversation delved into the broader implications of water scarcity and its intersection with climate change. Against the backdrop of 2023 being declared the hottest year on record, Fiske illuminated the cascading effects of rising temperatures on natural disasters. From intensified storms and floods to rampant wildfires and debilitating droughts, these calamities wreak havoc on essential systems, particularly the aging infrastructure responsible for water supply.
Beyond the global challenge of water scarcity, Fiske spotlighted innovative solutions pursued by Fontus Blue, an Akron-based clean water technology company where he serves as a consultant. Amidst the escalating demand for water, Fontus Blue endeavors to explore unconventional avenues to source, treat, and reclaim water previously dismissed as “undrinkable.”
The interview underscored the vital role of technology in addressing water-related crises. Fiske’s insights, grounded in his connection to the Akron area, shed light on Fontus Blue’s ongoing initiatives to revolutionize water treatment and recovery. In the face of natural disasters or man-made catastrophes, such as the recent train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, the discussion explored the potential of water desalination and purification technologies to mitigate the impact of contaminated water sources.
For those keen on understanding the intersection of technology, water, and sustainability, the full podcast and interview with Dr. Peter Fiske are available for listening [here](link). This enlightening conversation transcends local water rate concerns, urging listeners to contemplate the broader implications of water access, climate change, and the imperative for innovative solutions in safeguarding this precious resource. Listen to the interview and podcast.