How often do you think about the water crisis? Chances are that you don’t. You simply turn on your water faucet, and out comes fresh, clean water. That’s not the case for a lot of people in the world. Did you know that even though the residents of Flint, Michigan were given the all clear to drink their tap water again in 2018, many are still getting their water from potentially dangerous lead pipes? When people don’t feel directly impacted by water scarcity or stress, they don’t see it as an issue. The truth is that water is everyone’s business, and protecting the valuable resource is everyone’s problem.
As part of an industry that produces slurry and wastewater, like the stone fabrication, concrete, petroleum, and glass and tile industries, you hopefully understand the importance of recycling water and the role it plays in addressing water stress. Water scarcity is when the demand for water is higher than the availability of the resource. Water stress can be defined as stress in a region or country caused by lack water scarcity. Water scarcity has been listed as a global risk by the World Economic Forums this year.
While 2 billion people live in countries experiencing high water stress, 4 billion live in countries that experience severe water scarcity at least once per month. Many people cite poor water management as the true culprit of the water crisis, not the scarcity of the resource. Worldwide, we’ve seen a 1% increase in water use per year since the 1980s, and it’s expected to continue for several more decades. Population growth and socioeconomic development have added to increased consumption. Water stress levels continue to increase as climate change intensifies.
In March 2019, the United Nations World Water Development Report made “leaving no one behind” a primary focus. Despite drinking water being classified as a basic human right, not everyone in the world has access to sanitary water. “Leaving no one behind” aims to improve social and economic inequities by addressing water management and sanitary water accessibility.
Changes at home and in the workplace can help protect our water sources. For instance, in the workplace, you should know that wastewater can’t be dumped; it must be treated first. Ideally, once the water is treated, you can recycle it and reuse it for your application. Not only is dumping wastewater subject to government regulations, it’s also destructive to a valuable resource. On the home front, being more conscious about water consumption is key. Even something as small as cutting down on your meat consumption by eating one less hamburger a week can make a big difference.
If you have questions about how water stress relates to your industry and the dewatering process, call us for more information.