A year ago, world leaders handed down an ambitious agenda: 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be successfully completed by 2030. This new global framework puts water at the centre of sustainable development, and presents an unprecedented opportunity for a revolution in water management around the world. Never in human history have governments committed themselves to make such progress on water.
The Future of Fresh Water
Around the world, sustained effort will be necessary to ensure adequate supplies Fresh water is becoming more and more scarce across the globe, and in the absence of adequate countermeasures, the trend is expected to continue in the future. With demand growing and sources dwindling, water scarcity already touches approximately 2.8 billion people from every continent for at least one month a year, and more than 1.2 billion people have no access to clean drinking water. Shrinking supply and growing demand for...
Water Use in the Mining Industry
Freshwater resources are protected as industry begins to put emphasis on sustainability The mining industry has a great impact on water resources, both depleting water supplies with high usage and polluting them with discharges or seepage from tailings or waste rock impoundments. To put the scale of industry in perspective, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), 4 billion gallons of water were withdrawn for mining operations in the U.S. in 2015, up 1% from 2010. This accounted for 1% of...
Water Crisis Looms in Lima, Peru
Citizens face inequality in access to clean, affordable water as infrastructure upgrades are planned The 10 million residents of Peru’s capital city of Lima are at constant risk of water shortage, and water stress is predicted to become critical by 2025. Lima is the world’s second-largest desert city, receiving less than an inch of rain per year and relying on three rivers for potable water. Complicating water woes, climate change is melting Peru’s tropical glaciers at an “alarming...
Indian Thermal Power Plants Stressing Freshwater Resources
The World Resources Institute (WRI) recently reported sobering conclusions about the water use of India’s water-cooled thermal power plants, conclusions drawn from satellite imaging data. Thermal electricity generation has been experiencing explosive growth in India to prepare for an economy projected to double in size by 2030. But drought in 2016 closed power plants and forced a nationwide re-evaluation of policies regarding India’s water-energy nexus. Fourteen of the 20 largest thermal plants in...
Clean drinking water? A global crisis
The Global Crisis – a major implication affecting our water quality? The growing population requires more food, the food needs more water- clean water is a human necessity! By 2050 the population is estimated to grow to 9.8 billion With 70% of the world's water used in agriculture. The biggest challenge facing mankind is the Agricultural pollution and waste that enters our Global water supplies The world population doubled between 1970 to 2015. This more intensive farming with increased irrigation and...