Recently, my son told me about a history report that he and a friend presented about the London sewer system during the Elizabethan Era. Because the boys are 14, their teacher was worried about where they might take the presentation, but they impressed her with their restraint. My son was appalled at what people did with their waste, literally dumping it in the street before the first sewer system was constructed in the 1800s.

London has come a long way and continues to improve its systems. More than 150 years later, the Lee Tunnel (the first of two tunnels deep beneath England’s capitol) will help prevent the overflow of sewage and flood water into the River Thames and was commissioned on Jan. 28, 2016. A second tunnel, the Thames Tideway, is slated to be completed by 2023. According to the Thames Water website, this tunnel is “one of the biggest projects to future-proof [the] network.”

In the U.S., sewer systems prevent contamination. However, were flooding to occur, boil water notices would be issued, and home treatment systems or bottled water would be needed. In addition, the water crisis caused by the nation’s aging infrastructure in Flint, Michigan, and Ohio has caused homeowners in these areas to seek in home treatment to produce safe drinking water. That is why many in the water industry are coming to Nashville — to learn how to improve the treatment and conditioning of water after distribution from the municipality. We join the Water Quality Association (WQA) and water community in celebrating our industry and learning more about the technology required to provide this valuable service during the WQA Convention and Exposition. To get the most from this important show, take a look at our cover story, which discusses ways to make the most of a trade show investment. Before you pack your bags, make sure you know what to put in your trade show survival kit.

If you are at the show when you read this, stop by Booth 114 and say hello. If not, drop us an email and let us know what we should cover in our pages to help you improve your business’ bottom line.