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Why is water management so important during a global pandemic?
March 25, 2020
This year on World Water Day, March 22th, we stay at home, wash hands and do what we have to in order to prevent the spread of COVID19.
In the fight against Coronavirus, we are reminded of another global crisis: the water scarcity. The inability to wash your hands is already a huge problem in many regions in the world, and it is even more crucial in times of health crisis.
Some facts about how humans are affected by poor water management globally:
- 25% of the world's population is facing a water crisis, according to the World Economic Forum.
- Water demand in the world increases by 1% annually since 1980 and is expected to increase from 20 to 30% above the current level by 2050, concluded the UN in its World Water Development Report 2019.
- 1 in 3 people globally do not have access to safe drinking water, UNICEF and WHO say.
- 17 countries - home to 1/4 of the population - have extreme water shortages, according to the WRO.
- Even in Europe, some of the developing countries have average water loss over 60%, according to the ECA's report.
- The climate change is making the matters worse. Take for example Bulgaria, where 50% of the administrative regions face high or extremely high risk of baseline water stress and/or draught in the following years. The regions are mapped here.
Poor management of water systems now have real consequences to people. The quick win is not to find new sources of water but to manage optimally the resources we already have.
Our purpose at Develiot is to enable water utilities to achieve that effectively and efficiently: empower equitable data-driven decisions and pinpoint investments with highest return.