What Are Some Water Solutions Through Technology?
Finding water solutions through technology is a top priority for many organizations. As the global water crisis continues, nonprofits, NGOs and research facilities are looking for ways to alleviate the growing issue. It’s estimated that by the year 2040, there could be about 4.5 billion people affected by a water crisis (or water scarcity). Additionally, with the increase in population, there will be a demand for food, and for the food output to match the population growth, there will be an increased demand for water to irrigate crops.1
In light of these concerns, organizations and governments in the coming years will be solving issues such as pollution, sanitation, contaminated ground water, population growth, disease, weather changes, water scarcity and irrigation. In varying degrees, each of these factors play into the availability of safe water for drinking, cooking, cleaning and agriculture.2
Fortunately, advancements in this area have been made using technology. For example, researchers recently found a way to make the desalination process (converting salt water to potable water) more sustainable and efficient.3 This could help double access to desalinated water in the next decade.
Engineering and environmental technologies are essential to the work toward solutions for the global crisis for water access, but on the ground level, people are in need of immediate solutions. GFA World uses simple technology to meet water needs right now in villages that face dire water issues. More than 30,000 Jesus Wells, for example, have been drilled by GFA World. These wells provide water for approximately 300 people a day for up to 20 years. Though not new technology, Jesus Wells provide sustainable water access with proper maintenance.
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1 Baer, Anne (June 1996). “Not enough water to go around.” International Social Science Journal. 48 (148): 277–292. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2451.1996.tb00079.x – via Wiley Online Library.
2 Progress in Drinking-water and Sanitation: special focus on sanitation (PDF). MDG Assessment Report 2008. WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation. 17 July 2008. p. 25. Archived (PDF) from the original on 11 July 2018. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
3 Boo, Chanhee; Billinge, Ian H.; Chen, Xi; Shah, Kinnari M.; Yip, Ngai Yin. “Zero Liquid Discharge of Ultrahigh-Salinity Brines with Temperature Swing Solvent Extraction.” Environmental Science and Technology. June 23, 2020. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/acs.est.0c02555#.