UN: Water sustainability a global issue

UN: Water sustainability a global issue

Water-related issues could become a bigger problem in the future if the international community doesn’t do more to support sustainability, a report from the United Nations (UN) has found.

A mixture of population growth, economic instability and disrupted climate patterns have been pinpointed as three of the main contributing factors to potential shortages of the world’s most precious resource.

Goals surrounding sustainability and water access have yet to be met, which will affect not only Australia, but the wider world, too.

“The consequence of unmet water goals will be widespread insecurity creating more international tension and conflict,” explained Bob Sandford, lead author of the research and supporter of the UN’s Water for Life Decade.

There are two industries that have been pinpointed in the findings as needing to better manage their water consumption: the utilities sector and agriculture.

The utilities and energy sector currently accounts for around 15 per cent of global water use. However, as many providers look to switch to clean energy such as hydropower, the inefficiencies and crossover in the process are leading to waste.

The second industry mentioned by the UN – and one which is incredibly prominent in Australia – is agriculture. As things stand, the sector currently consumes a staggering 70 per cent of the global water supply.

Consequently, utilising a sustainable water conditioner is one of the key ways to try to reduce that figure for those in the industry. A Hydrosmart solution can make sure every last drop of water is used most effectively, as the system produces very little waste compared to its peers.

Within 10 years, the UN research outlined, 48 countries across the globe will be ‘water scarce’ or ‘water stressed’. Looking even further ahead, it’s projected that global demand for fresh water will outstrip supply by over 40 per cent in the year 2030.

With statistics such as those painting a bleak picture, the time is now to start acting more responsibly when it comes to water sustainability in efforts to nullify those predictions.