The component of which all life thrives on is a luxury that many can’t afford. Water is simultaneously the most valuable and in many regions, one of the scarcest resources around the world. It is estimated that global water demand will grow from nearly 4,500 cubic kilometers from back in 2010, to around 6,350 cubic kilometers by 2030.
Water is so essential to life, that the scarcity of it has put countless people, and wildlife as well, at risk. So what threats are posed by the absence of clean water sources?
- Bacteria: The ingestion of unclean water causing diseases is obviously one of the most prevalent risks. Not only are natural growing bacteria and parasites a serious health risk, but the impact of man made pollution has seriously decreased the amounts of clean drinking water available to many regions.
- Biodiversity: In recent years, the impact climate change has had on wildlife has become a larger point of discussion. Most people attest this to the destruction of their habitats and a reduction in living space, which is definitely an enormous problem. But reducing their clean sources of water may be even more harmful.Most animals will, to an extent, migrate to new locations for more space and food. But given how scarce clean water already is, there is little chance they will be able to travel to find more sources of sufficient water.
- Warfare: This may be surprising for many, but the scarcity of clean water has become such a problem, that in some regions, locals end up battling each other for control over a body of water. In some extreme cases, multiple settlements could end up in a war.
So how can we prevent these problems in the future? Fortunately, technology has been the saving grace in providing clean water. Sanitary diaphragm pumps are able to transfer large amounts of water through filtration systems for later for both consumption and for use in products. Diaphragm pumps and other equipment have become such a necessity, that exports relating to water technology are currently worth an estimated $2.7 billion.
The benefits of these sanitary pumps are so substantial that it’s projected that over 90% of the world’s population will have had access to sufficiently clean drinking water in 2015. Who knows how many lives diaphragm pumps could be saving?