Gina McCarthy, the Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recently wrote an article in the Huffington Post highlighting current water challenges and the opportunities they bring to public and private sectors across the country. McCarthy calls this a “moment of opportunity” for collaboration amongst industry leaders to revitalize crumbling infrastructure, build innovative water technologies and sustain our depleting water resources. 
“We need to accelerate the move to a 21st century view – where we see water as a finite and valuable asset, as a major economic driver, as essential to urban revitalization, as a centerpiece for innovative technology, and as a key focus of our efforts to build resilience,” McCarthy stated in the article. 
As an advocate for water management innovation, McCarthy is no stranger to the WaterHub at Emory and the public-private collaborative effort that brought the project from concept to reality. In February 2015, the EPA head toured Emory University’s decentralized, campus-scale water reclamation system. Impressed with its ability to reduce Emory’s water footprint by up to 40%, McCarthy proclaimed “Emory’s WaterHub is a model for us all!”
McCarthy’s article touches on the importance for public-private collaboration to tackle water management challenges. “We all depend on clean and reliable water – our families, our communities, our businesses, our society… we have to work together – all levels of government, all sectors of the economy, every community. Right now, water is an all-hands-on-deck issue.”
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Published 1/31/2016 McCarthy, Gina. Water Challenges Are Actually Opportunities. The Huffington Post, December 8, 2016. Web. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gina-mccarthy/water-challenges-are-actu_b_13519356.html