Lamar, William L.
Area ChiefChairman of Symposium Committee, U. S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, Calif.
Pages: 2 Published: Jan 1960
One purpose of this symposium is to sharpen interest in technical development in the handling and utilization of water and industrial waste water. Committee D-19 on Industrial Water and Industrial Waste Water recognizes the challenge of our time to solve problems dealing with quality of water to meet the increasing need. This challenge prescribes that our technical development in the handling and utilization of water be such that it exceeds the rate at which new problems arise from our expanding population and developing complex industry. Technological advancement in the field of water is not an abstract matter for scientists and engineers; it is directly related to the development, or even survival, of our economic way of life. By 1975 it is estimated that our population will be about 235 million, and we must look forward to even greater increases beyond that date. Providing the water supply for this growing population and expanding industry will require exponential efforts as procurement becomes more difficult at locations where water is needed. The situation is made more intractable by the growing population and expanding industry which adversely affect the quality of the receiving waters at a time when many new and improved processes require water of better quality. The conditions and problems that we face in the economic utilization of our water supplies are many-fold. Progress in nuclear chemistry requires adequate means of treatment and disposal of radioactive wastes as well as adequate methods of analysis. More and more development is needed in the disposal of many wastes including new ones from new processes, in the treatment of water to meet specific needs, and in the conservation of water.
Paper ID: STP46342S