NACE International says it commends the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee for hosting a productive and informative hearingin October 2019 on the ongoing water crises in Newark, New Jersey, USA and Flint, Michigan, USA.
“By hosting this important hearing on protecting our nation’s water systems, the committee has taken a first step toward ensuring safe drinking water nationwide and preventing more water system failures like those experienced in Flint and Newark,” says Bob Chalker, CEO of NACE International. “Unmitigated corrosion threatens drinking water systems for communities across the country, and NACE looks forward to working with policy makers to provide solutions.”
“NACE International is alarmed with the growing trend of lead in drinking water and is taking steps to help raise awareness and improve public policy,” adds Chalker. “With the support of several of its member experts, NACE completed the Spotlight on Corrosion report which examined efforts in the water sector to combat the effects of corrosion. A notable finding of the report is that lack of corrosion expertise and training in municipal water systems has and will continue to lead to tragic incidents, if efforts aren’t made to ensure there are corrosion experts involved in the operation of water systems.
Terry Greenfield, president of NACE, issued written testimony to the committee. It was then entered into the record by Subcommittee Chairwoman Mikie Sherrill, a Democrat from New Jersey.
“Technology and innovation combined with training and experience are the key to solving these challenges and preventing more communities from facing similar water crises as Flint and Newark,” Greenfield wrote. “Corrosion management is so simple, yet absolutely critical to public safety."
“We are proud to have been able to contribute a small part to the committee’s efforts and look forward to the opportunity to do so again,” Chalker concludes. “NACE International is committed to sharing its members’ expertise, innovative solutions, and technologies with policymakers to help resolve the ongoing issues facing the nation’s water systems.”
Source: NACE International, www.nace.org.