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World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. For 2020 the focus is on climate change and how this impacts water, our most precious resource on the planet.
Our Waste Water Manager, Kevin Mooney examines the impact climate change is having on water and what we can do to mitigate it.
Today we should all pause and consider what we can do to support the achievement of UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: Water and Sanitation for all by 2030. The majority of wastewater is generated by society from agriculture, industry, and municipalities where up to 80% flows back into the ecosystem without being treated or reused. This often means waterways are polluted and recoverable materials are being discarded.
UNESCO predicts the demand for water is set to grow by 2-3 billion people over the next 40 years, so we need to act quickly and implement sustainable solutions. As the global population grows, so does the demand for water, which depletes natural resources and damages the environment in many places. If we do not achieve SDG 6, we will also miss SDG 12 which focuses on sustainable consumption and production.
With an increasingly warmer world and extreme weather conditions, few can deny climate change and water are inextricably linked. Flash flooding, extreme drought, and rising temperatures are making water more scarce, more unpredictable, more polluted or all three.
Often due to a lack of water infrastructure we see countries struggling with these issues and therefore facing growing demands for clean drinking water. We must start to process and utilise wastewater and be responsible in doing so. Our world cannot continue to discard wastewater when billions of people do not have access to a safe water supply. Water is increasingly becoming finite and we must seek sustainable ways to treat and reuse wastewater.
At CDEnviro, our purpose is to champion sustainability. We engineer bespoke solutions to help support companies around the world to achieve this. Reusing wastewater is one key solution to the problem by repurposing unconventional water resources so they can be used for irrigation, industrial and municipal purposes. To do this, companies must continue to invest in solutions so they can effectively extract reusable products from road sweepings, gully waste, and dredged material. Our solutions also provide efficient solutions for tank cleaning, stormwater processing, and advanced water treatment systems. The water used by our technology is regenerated and reused by the system, none is wasted.
In addition to recovering and reusing wastewater, our customers are diverting up to 99.7% of waste from landfills. This provides cost savings for our customers, helps protect the environment and by-products such as sand and stone generate an added value to the business whilst promoting a circular economy.
If we continue these practices, we will protect our environment and health as well as reducing greenhouse gases. We need to embrace circular production solutions and use water much more efficiently. We cannot afford to wait.