Embracing a new working culture
Water communities around the world are adapting to working remotely following lockdowns during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Microsoft Teams and Zoom have become commonly used online tools as people adjust to working from home while balancing personal and professional lives.
One recent example is Australian utility Coliban Water, which recently reported that its staff were working 97 per cent remotely while keeping operations running optimally.
While it's clear that water professionals are adapting, it raises the question of how will the current decentralised and more digital ways of working potentially shape water sector culture in the future?
Will people become so used to an improved home and work life balance that they won't feel the need to return to lengthy commutes to sit in offices from the hours of 9-5?
We reached out to the Global Water Technology Hub Alliance (GWTHA), which was formed during the European Water Technology Week in Leeuwarden, to find out.
In the video below you can hear from three individuals: Yossi Yaacoby, VP of engineering from Israeli water utility, Mekorot; Dean Amhaus, president and CEO of The Water Council from Milwaukee in the US and also Hein Molenkamp, managing director of the Water Alliance in the Netherlands.