Addressing the Water Crisis
World Water Day is just around the corner, on March 22—making now the perfect time to bring about some water awareness! Did you know that over 2.2 billion people (almost one-third of the global population) are without access to clean and safe drinking water? And that number is growing. Currently, just 2.5% of our planet’s water is considered freshwater and unfortunately that number is dwindling. Many have researched how to make ocean water drinkable, since it covers 71% of the planet. But such a large undertaking isn’t always feasible due to a lack of resources.
Fortunately, an NGO (non-governmental organization) known as GivePower has come up with a solution to help a small town in Kenya turn seawater into drinking water. By installing a new solar-powered water plant, they’re providing clean, potable (drinkable) water for the town, which has greatly improved quality of life there. The system can generate enough drinking water for 35,000 people a day. And based on this success, plans are underway to reproduce this technology in other parts of the world.
Typically, this kind of treatment process can be expensive and difficult to implement due to the costs and amount of energy required. But GivePower developed a cost-effective solution through its “solar water farms.” They installed solar panels that can produce 50 kilowatts of energy, high-performance Tesla batteries to store it, and two water pumps which operate 24 hours a day.
What to Know about Water
According to ThinkingHumanity.com, by 2025, half of the earth’s population will suffer from water scarcity. This is why it’s so important for us all to be aware of the water we use.
- Approximately 3,000 liters of water are required to produce enough food to meet the daily needs of just one person.
- Downloading a single gigabyte of data could use up to 200 liters of water to cool servers used in computer centers allowing connectivity.
- 80% of wastewater is released into waterways without proper treatment.
- The average person consumes the equivalent of over 100,000 glasses of water annually when taking ten-minute showers daily.
- A dripping tap can waste up to 5,500 liters of water a year.
- A garden hose can use as much as 1,000 liters of water an hour. Using watering can effectively cuts this in half.
By turning the water off while brushing your teeth, monitoring your time in the shower, or even ensuring that you wash full loads of clothes or dishes rather than partial ones, you can reduce your water usage and help keep the water crisis from growing. Other ways of providing much-needed water have also been developed, as we’ve shared here.
World Water Day, held on March 22 every year since 1993, is an annual United Nations Observance focusing on the importance of freshwater.
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