Our planet’s water challenges are significant. But many of us believe water is not ‘our’ problem. Some believe only developing countries have water challenges, while others take our water for granted. We tend to believe that water droughts, quality issues and extreme flooding are things that only happen to others – not us.
The truth is that water is a real concern to all people. Because water affects everyone.
It’s time for a shift in mindset. We must all act responsibly – no matter where we live. On a political level, preventive actions must be taken through legislation and securing investments in available solutions. Companies must ensure that wastewater is properly treated, water consumption is minimised, and available water management solutions are implemented. Consumers – and society as a whole – must value water and stop taking it for granted.
Because after all, it’s not just water. It’s OUR water.
Climate change creates water challenges
Energy usage is a major cause of climate change, accounting for around 60% of total global greenhouse gas emissions. Climate change leads to significant water challenges like rising sea levels, heavy rainfall and extreme flooding in some parts of the world and water scarcity or droughts in others.
The global water challenge is a fact – and calls for dramatic change
844 million people lack access to
safely managed water
These people don’t have access to basic drinking water and in order to stay hydrated, must collect their water by walking over 30 minutes, use unprotected wells and springs or take water directly from surface water sources.
80% of all wastewater returns to the environment without proper treatment
Estimates from around the world support the often-cited approximation that, globally,
over 80% of all wastewater is released back into the environment without
2.1 billion people have to walk over 30 minutes to collect water
In Africa, millions of women and children travel long distances daily to fetch water.
On average, it takes 30 min to walk to the source, collect water and return again.
Climate change will cause 30% heavier rainfall leading to floods and inflow of seawater
Water-related risks and disasters brought about by climate change result in immense human and economic losses globally. An estimated 30% of the population is routinely impacted by these rising challenges to water security.
Cities loose up to 60% of pumped water
Water in cities is often lost to leaks. As is the energy and costs embodied in water, from pumping, treating and conveying the water – and these associated production costs can never be recovered.
1,000 children under the age of 5 die every day as a result of unsafe drinking water and poor sanitation
In 2012, 360,000 deaths of children under the age of five could have been prevented through reduction of risks related to water, including inadequate hand hygiene, sanitation and drinking water.
Grundfos and W12 fighting climate change
Grundfos is supporting the W12 congress to help W12 and its member cities put water on the agenda. We aim to use our close partnership with W12 to put our decades of experience in water management to use, helping secure a sustainable and resilient water future for all global citizens.
Ningbo doses safely and accurately for 1.5 million citizens
10 years ago, a lake water plant in the Chinese city of Ningbo needed help pumping sodium hypochlorite. Today, the Grundfos dosing pumps implemented are still going strong and guaranteeing safe water for 1.5 million citizens
We’ve gathered many important facts and figures regarding the current water challenges our world is facing. You can view the sources to these, and read further, by visiting the link below.