It doesn’t come as a surprise that our global economies and population are growing faster than our water resources can recover.
In fact, The World Bank says that by 2050 water scarcity will decline growth rates in several regions up to a 6% of gross domestic product.
The impact of climate change on water could bring more stress to regions already suffering extremely dry weather and inefficient water use.
During the High Level Symposium on SDG 6 and Targets: Ensuring that no one is left behind in access to water and sanitation, representatives of more than 90 countries discussed about the challenges and solutions to implement SDG 6 6.4 objective that “by 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity, and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity.”
As part of the symposium, the World Bank organized a special thematic session to promote efficient water management. Experts and professionals suggested the three following solutions to ease water scarcity and avoid instability around the world:
- Desalination: It is the process where man-made distillation systems duplicate on a small scale the natural solar desalination evaporation to remove minerals from saline water.
- Stormwater and Recycled Water: Harvesting and restoring gray water to a pristine condition for non-potables uses such as landscape irrigation and toilet flushing will help extend our water supplies much further. LA’s Green Alleys and SMURRF are great examples of urban rainwater capture and storm water.
- Better Water Management Practices: Our water resources are declining. If countries do not take action to change their unsustainable water management practices, water availability would be reduced to large populations, and the risk of conflict could increase in order to satisfy future demand. Governments could create policies, price regulations and incentives that can encourage users to adopt the use of water efficient technologies.
For example, in Southern California, SoCal Water$mart grants water rebates to help designers and developers to use water efficient technologies like waterless urinals and the hybrid. Here at Falcon, we offer free rebate processing that helps customer conserve water and save money at the same time.
We were inspired by iagua.es’ article: “El agua: Un recurso abundante que no está en todas partes”