water scarcity Articles

  • Water markets as a response to scarcity

    Existing water governance systems are proving to be quite ineffective in managing water scarcity, creating severe risk for many aspects of our societies and economies. Water markets are a relatively new and increasingly popular tool in the fight against growing water scarcity. They make a voluntary exchange possible between interested buyers and sellers of water rights. This paper presents ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Water Treatment Solutions To Address Water Scarcity

    We can see through the past, present and into the future that water is life. Without water we cannot sustain life and we have no alternatives. Many think that water will become an issue larger than petroleum to people, governments and businesses across the world. GWT designs ane provides sustainable water solutions to meet water scarcity challenges across the world.  Over 97% of the ...

  • Addressing water scarcity through recycling and reuse

    While governments in water scarce regions are looking for ways to expand water recycling and reuse, they often have difficulty finding information on the policy options from which they might choose. The purpose of this white paper is to provide such a menu of policy options, drawing on examples from around the world. While this is only a representative sample and does not provide an exhaustive ...


  • 12 strategies for moving from water scarcity to abundance

    How did a country that’s 60 percent desert achieve water security? In about 10 years, beginning shortly after the new century, Israel went from scarcity of water and fear of drought to abundance and independence from climate conditions. This dramatic change was made possible by the 70 years that preceded it in which a cadre of often brilliant engineers, scientists and ...


    By Ensia

  • Challenges of Developing an EU Strategic Approach to Water Scarcity

    Water scarcity is a serious and growing problem in a number of EU Member States. EU water law has traditionally focused on water quality issues. However, the introduction in 2000 of the Water Framework Directive has provided the first coherent legal tool to address water scarcity and this has been supported by further policy aimed directly at water scarcity. However, there are also many local ...

  • Did you know? Part 2: Water Scarcity

    Water scarcity is among the main problems to be faced by many societies and the World in the 21st century. Water use has been growing at more than twice the rate of population increase in the last century, and, although there is no global water scarcity as such, an increasing number of regions are chronically short of water. Water scarcity already affects every continent. ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Reuse of Effluent to Slove Problem of Water Scarcity

    Industrial wastewater treatment covers the mechanism and processes used to treat waters that have been contaminated prior to its release into the environment or its re-use. It is estimated that 70 percent of the world's surface is covered by water. Where 97.5 percent of the total is salt water, - out of remaining 2.5 percent fresh water and 68.7 percent is frozen in ice caps and glaciers. So ...

  • Senix Water Level Sensors Drive Irrigation Automation Project

    Australia’s Water Crisis Irrigation management is serious business in Australia especially within the Murray-Darling Basin, a 1,000,000 square kilometer watershed that is home to Australia’s most productive agricultural land. The basin’s 23 rivers have ...


    By Senix Corporation

  • Scarcity to solution: perceived reasons for safe drinking water scarcity and local coping responses in a coastal village of Bangladesh

    People are directly and indirectly exposed to changing weather patterns through changes in the quality of water, air, and food changes in ecosystems, agriculture, industry, human settlements and the economy. Hence, this study explored local perceived reasons for safe drinking water scarcity and under such circumstances the coping responses in their region. This is a descriptive study based on ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Watering Scarcity: Private investment opportunities in agricultural water use efficiency

    This report was prepared by Rabobank in collaboration with the World Resources Institute. In many regions around the world, demand for fresh water now outstrips renewable supplies. Water scarcity is projected to worsen considerably due to a combination of factors such as population increase, higher incomes and changing lifestyles, pollution, and climate change. Agriculture is by far the biggest ...

  • GWT Innovation in Water Solutions To Meet Water Scarcity Across The World

    We can see through the past, present and into the future that water is life. Without water we cannot sustain life and we have no alternatives. Many think that water will become an issue larger than petroleum to people, governments and businesses across the world. Over 97% of the earth is covered by water; however, only about 3% of the water is suitable for consumption by plant, human, and animal ...

  • Climate Change-Induced Water Scarcity: A Threat to Human Health

    Climate change might affect the development of water scarcity least in some areas of the world. Water scarcity means not only the availability but also the quality of water and sanitation. Climate change might reduce the capacity of the state to provide health care to the population. Thereby, climate change has direct and indirect impacts on human security and hence health effects may result from ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Managing scarcity: changing the paradigm for sustainable resource management

    As Arizona’s fastest growing private water and wastewater utility, Global Water Resources (“Global”) is driving the deployment of efficient water resource management to ensure the sustainability of development. The drought plagued Southwest, poised to experience continued rapid growth, does so at the peril of its limited groundwater supplies. Thus, water conservation is imperative in the desert ...

  • Organisational strategies in situations of water scarcity: self-administered irrigation systems in Mexico

    A systematic comparison of in-depth case studies of self-organisation for the administration, maintenance and construction of irrigation systems seems to offer interesting and suggestive results in terms of gaining familiarity with and analysing the capacity for self-organisation, as well as for discovering and classifying different organisational responses to similar types of problems. This ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Potable water scarcity: options and issues in the coastal areas of Bangladesh

    In the coastal areas of Bangladesh, scarcity of drinking water is acute as freshwater aquifers are not available at suitable depths and surface water is highly saline. Households are mainly dependent on rainwater harvesting, pond sand filters and pond water for drinking purposes. Thus, individuals in these areas often suffer from waterborne diseases. In this paper, water consumption behaviour in ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Water scarcity & climate change: Growing risks for businesses & investors

    Water is crucial for the economy. Virtually every industry from agriculture, electric power and industrial manufacturing to beverage, apparel, and tourism relies on it to grow and ultimately sustain their business. Yet water is becoming scarcer globally and every indication is that it will become even more so in the future. Decreasing availability, declining quality, and growing demand for water ...


    By Pacific Institute

  • Coping with water scarcity. An action framework for agriculture and food security

    This report aims to provide a conceptual framework to address food security under conditions of water scarcity in agriculture. The purpose of this report is twofold. First, to define a water accounting framework that allows water scarcity to be interpreted objectively. Second, to indicate where and how agricultural water management can play a more proactive and effective role in response to ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Water sector performance under scarcity conditions: a case study of Rajasthan, India

    This paper makes an attempt to assess the water sector under scarcity conditions in the State of Rajasthan. It adopts the criteria of physical, economic, financial and equity performance across sub-sectors. The assessment brought out clearly that no indicator has shown satisfactory performance in any of the sub-sectors. Though the urban drinking water sector is relatively better in performance, a ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Global Monthly Water Scarcity: Blue Water Footprints versus Blue Water Availability

    Freshwater scarcity is a growing concern, placing considerable importance on the accuracy of indicators used to characterize and map water scarcity worldwide. We improve upon past efforts by using estimates of blue water footprints (consumptive use of ground- and surface water flows) rather than water withdrawals, accounting for the flows needed to sustain critical ecological functions and by ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • The temporal–spatial assessment of water scarcity with the Water Poverty Index: a study in the middle basin of the Heihe River, northwest China

    This paper details an application of the Water Poverty Index (WPI) to evaluate the state of water resources in an inland river basin using a case study of the Heihe River Basin (HRB) located in northwest China. The WPI includes five components (resources, access, capacity, use, and environment) and has 13 indicators; each indicator is assigned an equal weighting. The selected set of components ...


    By IWA Publishing

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