Is the Planet Approaching Day Zero?
Last year most articles that mentioned Cape Town would also contain the term Day Zero. It is defined as the day reservoirs that feed major cities run dry, a very real issue for Cape Town in 2018. The city, which has only recently come out of a 3 year drought, has finally received rains that have replenished the region’s water shortages. Despite this however, South Africa is still far away from being sustainable in their water usage.
Water shortages are not just affecting South Africa, with a number of countries, including Spain, reporting that they are quickly moving towards a water crisis. In recent times Spain has suffered a severe drought that has contributed to its own water issue. For example, the Buendia Dam near Madrid has shrunk by approximately 60% in the last 5 years (The Telegraph). Not only has this hit water usage for the public, but it has also hindered hydropower generation to the level that electricity prices have had to be increased due to demand out stripping supply.
Due to the global crisis solutions have to be made. In South Africa, strict regulations are being implemented that restricts citizens from using more than 50 litres of water a day (newsweek). This may sound like a substantial amount of water, but if you take into consideration an average shower uses 10 litres of water a minute (hunterwater), the figure becomes restrictive. Another example of how to save water is a dual-water system, such as the one used in Paris. This system supplies drinkable water for the public to use, whilst also providing untreated water for use in street cleaning therefore reducing waste water.
The growing issue of water shortage is therefore at the top of the global agenda. The United Nations have identified it as potentially one of the biggest threats the human race is facing, and have urged that countries tackle the critical problems they are facing. With Cape Town counting down to Day Zero in 2018, and other countries quickly approaching the same level, the need for efficient and sustainable water usage is needed. If the water crisis keeps on spreading at an accelerated pace, then in the future it could affect your business.
This is the reason why the Smart Water Zone was established for Future Resource 2019. The market’s leading water efficiency businesses will be showing off their products that can not only make your business run more efficiently, but also save you money. The Smart Water Zone at Future Resource 2019 will be a hub of innovation for preventing water shortages on the UK as it has been reported that the South East could face major water shortages in the next 30 years and that the rest of England could see significant drops in by 2050.
Sign up for your free tickets by following the link at the top of the page and secure your attendance at the Future Resource Expo at the NEC, Birmingham on the 11th and 12th September. Tickets allow you to enter any zone in Future Resource and the extended RWM event.