9- The Water Credo
has less water per person each year. According to government statistics, the country’s annual water supply dropped to an average of 660 cubic meters per person in 2013, down from over 2,500 cubic meters in 1947.
Chronic mismanagement of limited supply has only worsened the situation, driving stakeholders – governments, analysts and citizen activists to rethink how water should be generated, managed and reused. Saudi Arabia’s government has lamented that it will depend entirely on grain imports by 2016, a change from decades of growing all they need, due to fear of water-resource depletion. And in Lebanon, Blue Gold’s national 5-year water plan aims to optimise the Government's water strategy.
Researchers at Alexandria University in Egypt say they’ve created a new desalination technology that converts salty water into drinkable water in minutes and teen entrepreneurs in Lebanon have devised urine powered electricity generators in place of water. Millennials and Gen Z are not only more cognizant of the links between water, food and energy, but are also more open to adjusting their habits. These groups will drive the water credo, and that of other utilities and commodities as a conversation topic in 2016.
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