Global Water Crisis- One of the greatest challenges of our time to live.

The notion that water is ample – it covers 70% of the planet – is false, as only 2.5% of total water is freshwater. This restricted resource will need to support a predicted population of 9.7 billion in 2050 and by that date, an estimated 3.9 billion or over 40% of the world’s population- will live in extremely water-stressed river basins.

It is not just population that is pushing the water resources. Excessive use is also Noticeable: the global population tripled in the 20th century but the use of water increased multiple times. Between now and 2050, water demands are estimated to increase by 400% from manufacturing & by 130% from household use.

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Water is key to life & livelihoods and is very important to sustainable development. Proper water management will work as a foundation for the achievement of many of the Sustainable Development Goals. Which is to make sure the availability & sustainable management of water & sanitation for all.

 

60% of fresh water originates from river basins that goes beyond national borders. Water agreements need to be strict enough to deal with increasingly unpredictable environmental & climatic conditions, the social, demographic changes that will increase global population to 9.7 billion by 2050 and double the number of people who live in developed cities.

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Distinct conceptualizations of water can & have led to clashes. The visionary of water as a human right, common public & environmental good is often opposed by the view of water as a commodity that is required to be priced to make sure efficient & sustainable use. Not only nations but territories and communities will require to align water perspectives to allow for peaceful and impactful unified water resource management and sustainable use.

 

Efficient management will tackle neglected issues such as water wastage in our current systems, which has been assumed to be up to 30%. Common institutional mismanagement, immoral practices, lack of accountability & corruption in the water sectors of many countries.

Report shows emerging water crises from these inter-linked contexts: water shortage & insecurity, water related calamities, sanitation and health crisis, worsening of water infrastructure and destruction, unsustainable development & ecological degradation.

 

Reforming & innovative approaches to water are required to counter these serious water trends. Only by working together with great intent & intelligent management, water will continue to support life, aid developments & enhance biodiversity for our generation and our future.