WHY WE NEED TO CONSERVE WATER
A SCARCE RESOURCE
Water is a scarce resource that is essential for our existence and our supplies are increasingly coming under pressure. Only 3% of the world’s water is fresh and less than a third of 1% of this is available to humans.
Governments are working frantically to develop solutions to these shortages and have introduced sweeping water restrictions which have put the issue of water conservation front of mind for the community. There is an urgent need to take action due to:
- increasing water usage due to population growth
- the effects of climate change (including extended periods of drought)
- the huge cost to develop new water infrastructure (such as dams and stormwater management systems)
- the impact of stormwater runoff on the environment
If we are to ensure a sustainable water supply for the future, it is critical that welimit water consumption and develop smarter ways harness our water resources. The shortage of water is not a problem to fix sometime in the future. Water restrictions are in place in many developed communities around the world right now!
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