Water and energy are top issues that grab headlines today. Sometimes the related concerns of water and energy make the news separately, and sometimes they are together in the same article or press release. Our world’s search to be more sustainable often boils down to these issues either directly or indirectly. However, as a result of this close observation, some interesting research has come to the forefront.
According to a GE Water & Process Technologies video simply titled, “Water Facts,” 1.2 billion people throughout the world do not have access to clean water. Also, as highlighted in the video, more people have a cell phone than access to a faucet that can offer potable water. Furthermore, it takes 37 gallons of water to produce one cup of coffee, noted the GE Water & Process Technologies’ video.
More research on water as well as energy was recently featured in our Special Edition e-Newsletter, which focused on food service. An infographic, submitted by Dow Water & Process Solutions and using information from the United Nations and the Brookings Institution, noted we will need 30 percent more water, 40 percent more energy and 50 percent more food by 2030. This infographic also showed that we are recognizing the critical issues and solutions through research. According to the infographic, “Demands on scarce resources, including water, energy and raw materials can be reduced by as much as 15 percent when advanced technology and expertise are used.”
Surely the hot topics of energy usage and water waste will be discussed at WQA Aquatech USA 2015. Customers who care about sustainability will want to know how your products perform in these areas. And, customers who are not currently mindful of these vital resources will be soon, as rates, responsible usage and expectations are all expected to heighten.