Annual water expo aims to provide better drinking water for everyone

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) – The ongoing crisis in Flint is shining a light on water quality all across the state.  Today at the annual water expo in Lansing, experts came together to figure out what can be done to help fix the problem and prevent it from happening again.

It’s been an annual tradition at the Lansing Center for 25 years.  One business owner believes the expo is essential to the community.

Hamlett Environmental Technologies Owner Randy Hamlett said, “all the people associated with our industry…consultants, they find the opportunity just like us to network and interact and learn about new technologies.”

This year, the expo has a different feel to it.

“There is more excitement this year.  A lot is going on in water and so there has been a lot of networking.  Maybe more this year than before.  A lot of side conversations helping us understand what people are looking for in training as we move forward throughout the year,” said Executive Director of the Michigan Chapter of American Water Works Association Bonnifer Bollard.

With many organizations across the state coming in the Lansing Center, people are wondering what they can do to keep their water drinkable.

American Water Works Association Chairman, Barbara Marczak said, “Well, part of it is water treatment equipment so certainly as new equipment is developed it enhances our ability to treat.”

Bollard expressed concern for Flint, “Obviously Flint has everyone’s attention.  One of our goals is to provide safe clean drinking water and recognizing the public health issue.  We want to provide as much information as possible.  What we can do more, so that we can make sure there aren’t any mistakes.”

Representative of the water expo hope that the emphasis on greater water technology will provide better drinking water for everyone.

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