Published On: Fri, May 29th, 2020

Ways to Help Alleviate the Water Crisis

The earth is facing a growing problem of water scarcity. Urban development, population growth, climate change, and farm production needs are all in competition for freshwater, contributing to shortages in different areas around the world. Scientists and experts have outlined several areas where new solutions can bring about change.

Ways to Help Alleviate the Water Crisis

Educate the Global Population

Changing the crisis will need to be an effort that every individual takes responsibility for. Education efforts can reveal the serious nature of the threat and motivate individuals toward a change in their lifestyle or consumption. Individual use for cooking and bathing and the corporate needs for supply chain continuation all need better management.

Invent New Water Technologies

There are several countries and locations around the globe where rainwater in unpredictable and aquifers are drying up. For these locations, it isn’t as easy as drilling down and checking on pipeline installation with pipe deflection gauges. Instead, new conservation methods and technologies need to be developed. Energy consumption needs will play a vital role in establishing sustainable conservation efforts.

Recycle Wastewater

This past March, the World Water Day panelist urged more countries to look for innovative ways to recycle wastewater. Singapore is one of the countries putting more effort into wastewater treatments, hoping to cut down on water imports and become self-sufficient for their water needs. Asian experts are developing the most advanced tech on the market for cleaning wastewater into other uses, including clean drinking water.

Innovation Agricultural and Irrigation Practices

Close to 70% of the freshwater in the world is used for agricultural purposes. By improving irrigation practices, it can help with supply and demand gaps. Technology is proving to be a valuable resource for more efficient farming practices, helping improve the world’s food supply in addition to saving water.

Price Water Fairly

For many people, access to water should be about the price. Many consumers would be shocked to find that there are experts who believe higher prices on water will encourage less waste and pollution. However, the U.S. is dealing with obsolete utility pricing systems which would make such price hikes ineffective. It is also still to be determined how the public would respond to an increase in prices.

Develop Partnerships

Community organizations can encourage more participation in things like conservation or recycling. Grassroots-level activities often represent underdeveloped populations, but enough interest and support can quickly lead to more regional or national scale implementation.

Water is important for human life and shouldn’t be a challenge to come by. However, unless things change, the water crisis will continue to grow.