Our water supply has been changing drastically for the last 100 years, and not in a good way. According to the World Water Assessment Program, Global water demand has increased by 600% over the past 100 years. With the increasing demand for water, an increase in the amount of contaminated and polluted water, and the reduction of water resources, this is not a topic to be ignored. If that’s not enough, the United Nations World Water Development Report stated that nearly 6 billion people will not have access to clean water by 2050. Currently, that number is around 1.1 billion people.
There have been many contributing factors for these results. With economic expansion, unrestrained population growth and global warming also has an effect, there’s an urgent need to reevaluate our world’s water supply. If this isn’t enough, COVID-19 has had a massive effect on our world’s water supply.
How COVID-19 impacted the World’s Water Supply
With COVID-19 shutting down businesses and municipalities worldwide, it would be silly to say this didn’t affect our water supply. For one, the demands shifted from commercial to residential. The quarantine had people doing more from home like cooking, washing dishes etc. But many water systems were also shut down during the pandemic which left residual contaminants in the water. These contaminants include chlorine, animal by-products, mold, and legionella to name a few. With some buildings and offices being shut down for months, there’s been an educational push to learn how to reopen safely.
Some good news is that the population growth rate has been slowing down. This is due to many factors and COVID-19 has had an impact on this trend as well. A combination of an already declining birthrate due to urbanization, mixed with migration and life expectancy changes affected by Covid has reduced the global population growth rate from 2.1% in 1968 to 1.08% in 2019. These figures are expected to continue dropping over the next several decades according to ourworldindata.org.
In summary, the key to curbing this trend is to look for sustainable solutions. The WWDR focuses on nature-based solutions for problems, and one such solution would be the adoption of dry toilets. Better water planning also has to be considered for the future. In short, unless we start finding new aquifers and start better planning for irrigation and urbanization, we may all be feeling the pinch in 2050!
About Aquasani Water Purification Systems
Aquasani is an authorized dealer for Rainsoft, WaterLogic, & JavaSmart. Based in Springfield, Mo., and at Lake of the Ozarks / Osage Beach in Missouri, Aquasani services areas in the Ozarks including Osage Beach, Camdenton, Aurora and even Jefferson City. In essence, we service Mid-Missouri, Southwest Missouri, and Northwest Arkansas, and have been servicing these areas since 2004. We provide home water softener systems, drinking water filtration systems, whole-house air purification systems, and problem-solving water filtration systems for homes and offices. We also service other water softeners like Culligan, Sterling, Hydroquad, Pro-Series, and Whirlpool to name a few!
Aside from our purification systems, we also sell all-natural cleaning products and household items which are environmentally friendly and low-cost.
We specialize in water filtration and purification for both commercial businesses and residential homes. If that isn’t enough, we provide free trials for our water cooler services. If you would like a free estimate, schedule an appointment with us by calling (417) 881-4000 or (573) 692-4009 if you are in the Lake of the Ozarks area.
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