The issue of saving water and consuming less of it continues to be a worldwide issue.
Time and time again, it has been proven that people will not start conserving water until there are hard restrictions in place.
Unfortunately, this is not enough – action must be taken now while there is still water to conserve.
Education and attitudes around water usage need to change globally, and they need to change fast.
Selfish consumption, theft, and climate are just some of the many factors involved in world water shortages – factors that we could combat.
UN Environment reports:
“We start and end our days wasting vast amounts of water, washing our face, teeth and bodies. With one shower of about 10 minutes a day, an average person consumes the equivalent of over 100,000 glasses of drinking water every year.
According to the United Nations World Water Development Report 2019, severe water scarcity affects about 4 billion people, or nearly two-thirds of the world population, at least one month each year. Conserving water has never felt so urgent.
“Freshwater is a precious resource in many parts of the world, one that is increasingly under threat due to overconsumption, climate change and pollution,” says UN Environment’s freshwater expert Lis Mullin Bernhardt.”
There are many ways to address this issue, and one startup company in California has invented a new kind of showerhead that will reduce the amount of water used in showers by 65%.
Ideas like this are fantastic and needed, but public education surrounding water usage will need to change to embrace this kind of technology.
However, personal water consumption is a tiny problem compared to the amount of water wasted during food production and ageing infrastructure.
Trillions of gallons of water are lost every year due to leaky pipes in the US. In other countries, illegal pipe connections – essentially water theft – contributes to forty per cent of water loss.
Whatever the problem, the fact remains: water shortage is a genuine problem worldwide, and if people think it is far away from them personally, they are wrong. Any city could face it due to combining factors.
The question then is, how can leaders in all sectors of water management work together to make sure the world does not run out of its most precious resource?
The solution to this problem is implementing an effective asset management plan of water assets to support these water management objectives.