02 Jun The Importance of Water Security to Remote Areas
According to the United Nations Water (UN-Water), water security is the readiness of a population to protect sustainable access to ample quantities of good quality water for maintaining human well-being, livelihoods, and social and economic development. Water security safeguards against water-related pollution and disasters and preserves the ecosystem.
For humans, freshwater is the most important resource. We achieve water security by protecting vulnerable water systems and dissipating the effects of water-related risks, including droughts and flooding. This is also made possible when we secure access to water services and functions and maintain resources using proper and integrated approaches. Today, we’re looking at why water security is important.
Water Security Maintains Drinkable Water
Drinkable water is necessary for public health. It is used for domestic functions, food production, and recreation. With the excellent management of water resources and the development of water sanitation and supply, a country’s economic growth is boosted. Safe drinking water greatly decreases poverty.
The UN General Assembly identified water and sanitation as human rights in 2010. Everyone has the right to acceptable, safe, ample, physically accessible, and affordable water for residential use.
Important Sustainability Facts from UN-Water
- By 2040, the organisation estimates that one out of four children under 18 will be residing in areas with intensely high water stress.
- The Global Water institute projects that 700 million could experience intense water scarcity by 2030.
- About two-thirds of this planet’s population will experience severe water scarcity for at least one month in the entire year.
- Semi-arid areas will experience water scarcity by 2030 because of the present climate change scenario.
- Among the world’s richest groundwater systems, one-third of them are already in distress.
The scarcity of water can cause serious global water security problems. According to Global Communities, these are the five aspects where water security crisis can affect global security:
- Lessen food security and diminish agriculture
- Population shifts
- Heightened global tensions
- Undermine the countries’ economic development
- Increase in diseases related to water
How Water Treatment Companies Handle Remote Water Supply
When it comes to remote water supply, remote communities are still experiencing discolouration coupled with a musty, earthy or metallic taste. Their water supply suffers from high levels of nitrate and contaminants that are higher than the specifications of the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. The demand in such areas is continuously increasing, which is why it’s necessary to manage the water supply effectively.
Ninety-five per cent of the water supply in remote areas is sourced from underground aquifers. Water service providers use a distribution system that utilises a Reverse Osmosis treatment unit. This includes the balance between plant and infrastructure, enabling the plant to operate effectively and deliver potable water with a nitrate level not exceeding 50mg/L. In other words, water supplied to towns is now drinkable.
Part of our efforts at Membrane Systems is to deliver drinkable water to remote communities. We use the latest technology and processes to manage the quality of water. Our team knows the importance of rapid solutions, especially as the demand for water becomes critical in regional Australia.
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