9- The Wa­ter Credo

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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.

Photo Credit: Fotolia, Data Source: The Guardian

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