Pulling Water Out of Thin Air:
Solution to the Global Water Crisis?
March 22nd marked World Water Day, an annual United Nations observance aimed at tackling the global water crisis. This year’s theme, “leaving no one behind,” focused specifically on U.N. Sustainable Development Goal 6: access to safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030.
Is there really a global water crisis? Yes. California can certainly attest to it, along with over 40 countries currently experiencing increased water stress and risk of source depletion. According to the U.N., “by 2050, it is projected that at least one in four people will be affected by recurring water shortages.” To prevent one fourth of the world’s population from this horrific fate, the U.N. has identified the need to invest in water infrastructure, sanitation facilities, and proper hygiene education, as well as protect and restore water-related ecosystems. More developed countries have also identified the key role water technology and innovation must play in this global mission.
With the wide-spread scarcity of safe drinking water supplies, one might wish it were possible to pull water out of thin air—and that’s exactly what one company has done. (read more)
Cities Leading the Way on Water Reuse
From the desert to the sea, California cities are tackling the problem of limited water supply with recycling and reuse solutions.
In San Diego County, the City of Oceanside will break ground this Fall on a new facility that will “purify recycled water to create a new, local source of high-quality drinking water that is clean, safe, drought-proof, and environmentally sound,” according to the City’s website. The facility, which will sit next to the San Luis Rey Water Reclamation Facility, will use “state-of-the-art water purification steps that replicate and accelerate nature’s natural recycling processes” to generate between 3 and 5 million gallons of water per day, according to ABC 10 News . The City believes this move will be monumental in helping Oceanside control its own water destiny.
With similar intentions to control its own destiny, the mountainous City of Tehachapi in Kern County is... (read more)
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