Water is the Earth’s lifeblood, and is connected to every pillar of the society. From people to cities, food, and commodities, water covers 70% of the Earth’s surface, yet just 3% of this is safe to drink, and is taken for granted – depleting at an alarming rate. By doing so, the Earth will soon run out of water. That is, unless the world turns to sustainable water treatment solutions such as desalination and reuse, shares Michael Tramer, vice-president, sales and marketing, IDE Technologies.
BY PANG YANRONG
Few people understand the significance of their drinking water and the complex mechanisms that actually go into reclaiming, treating and cleaning their water. Valuing water means acknowledging its many benefits and educating others on the importance of preserving it for the human’s survival.
Michael Tramer, vice-president of sales and marketing at IDE Technologies, explained: “We know we have the knowledge and capabilities to provide water-stressed regions with the tools to be water independent. It’s now a matter of rallying leaders and governments around a coordinated effort to preserve water and increase its accessibility to all.”
In fact, extreme weather events are more prevalent than ever, and are accelerating the water shortage crisis. Countries that never experienced droughts in the past are now feeling the effects on their natural resources. In Asia, additional catalysts include industrial pollution, the rise in waterborne diseases, inadequate infrastructure, and many more.
According to Tramer, another challenge water consumer faces, particularly those in industries that use water in their processes, is the ever-stricter regulations imposed on discharge of water after the process, whether back to the sea or to other bodies of water. There is an increasing need to minimise the number of industrial effluents being discharge in order to meet the regulations, and a lot of focus is on developing such technologies.
Pang Yanrong is senior editor of Water & Wastewater Asia.
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