Speaking before an audience of water professionals from throughout the world at the American Water Works Association’s Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE08), former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo addressed a variety of critical issues, noting that “Water is as indispensable as the air we breathe.”

Cuomo, who served as New York’s governor from 1983 until 1994, offered his views on today’s most pressing water-related issues. He spoke about many of the challenges facing the industry, including water supply and shortages, infrastructure concerns and workforce challenges. Cuomo cited the development of a third tunnel to deliver water to Manhattan — an undertaking that began decades ago — as an example of the immense infrastructure challenges facing much of the United States.

In addition to water concerns, Cuomo also provided his views on a number of other issues, including the U.S. economy, the war in Iraq, health care and immigration. He said that many of these issues could be addressed if political leaders would set aside their ideologies and simply use common sense.

He also spoke about the U.S. presidential election and said he hoped to hear more from candidates on water-related issues.

Thousands of water professionals gathered June 8-12 at ACE08 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta to explore the future of safe water, gain insight into cutting-edge research and best practices and experience the latest products and services available to the water community.

ACE08 featured 500 exhibitors, showcasing the latest products and services available to help ensure safe water. These exhibitors offered expert insight and hands-on understanding for everything from pipes to valves, meters to hydrants, engineering services to tank-related companies, membrane filtration systems to laboratory equipment and security to wastewater. The New Product Technology Showcase also returned to highlight the newest and most innovative products and technology available.

ACE08 featured a professional program consisting of approximately 100 sessions, comprised of more than 500 presentations given by more than 1,000 experts in the water industry, plus 14 in-depth workshops.

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