Why Should I Care?
Regardless of your location or consumption, we all contribute to wastewater.
Wastewater comes from any number of domestic, commercial, or agricultural activities that result in undesired runoff. Whether you see it or not, we are a part of the wastewater supply chain.
Our worldwide water demand is growing — rapidly. This means our already limited, most valuable resource — freshwater, is shrinking.
According to the United Nations, “The world’s population is expected to increase by 2 billion persons in the next 30 years, from 7.7 billion currently to 9.7 billion in 2050. (Source.)”
To add to the domestic challenge, water infrastructure in the United States is aging quickly. Because of the need for renewed water infrastructure, “Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $307 million to modernize rural drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in 34 states and Puerto Rico (Source.)”
Fortunately for us, we are at the end of the historical struggle for water.
Because of technology, we are more capable now than ever before of effectively addressing and ending water insecurity. With the cooperation of our farmers, businesses, consumers, and policymakers, we can save water with sustainable management practices and strategic methodologies.
Unfortunately for us, the fight is not over.
Our communities need water for everything. From our superficial everyday consumer goods to our most essential needs — water is at the foundation.
We must replenish our aquifers, revitalize our watersheds, and renew our infrastructure to put an end to short-term solutions for generational problems.
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