More than 40% of the global population is affected by water scarcity. Today, most countries are placing exceptional pressure on water resources. The global population is growing fast, and estimates show that with current practices, the world is going to face a shortage of 40% between demand and supply by 2030. Moreover, chronic water scarcity, hydrological insecurity, and extreme weather events are apparent as some of the biggest threats to global affluence and stability.
By 2050 to feed 9 billion people around a 60% increase is required in agricultural production and a 15% increase in water abandonments. Besides the increasing demand, the resource is limited in many parts of the world. Assessments suggest that 40% of the population lives in areas where water is limited, and approximately ¼ of the world’s GDP is exposed to this challenge.
To overcome this problem of water scarcity there must be a proper management plan for the preservation of water. For this, a water-saving process is required. Water Resources Management (WRM) is the development of planning, developing, and managing water resources across all water uses which consists of businesses, firms, and systems that provide and handle water management. WRM trails to attach the benefits of water by confirming there is sufficient water of passable quality for drinking water and sanitation services, food production, and energy generation, as well as supporting ecosystems. A Healthy water resource management solution to complex water issues incorporates cutting-edge knowledge and innovation, which are integrated into water projects to strengthen their impact.
INTEGRATED WATER MANAGEMENT INFRASTRUCTURE
Accelerating better results for the water industry with regular, relevant, and immediate perceptions and helping them increase their profits and improve efficiency.
Fully Integrated Smart Water Management Solution
Physical Components- Water Bodies, Reservoirs, Pipes, Pumps, Valves, etc.
Sensors- Water Meters, Data Loggers, Waterwatch, Limnimeters
Network Infrastructure- LoRaWAN, MODBUS, Cellular, Wireless, Bluetooth, etc.
Data Management- IoT Platforms, Data, APIs, (Processing of data streams)
Data Analysis- Dashboards, Visualization, Alerts, Reports, etc.
Global Water Footprint Standard
The Global Water Footprint Assessment Standard rests on the internationally accepted methodology for conducting a Water Footprint Assessment. The standard is applied and tested worldwide across many sectors and includes detailed instruction and guidance on the following:
- How to calculate the green, blue, and grey water footprint to understand the geographic and temporal allocation of water resources for industry, agriculture, and domestic water supply
- How to conduct a water footprint sustainability assessment which includes criteria for understanding the environmental sustainability, resource efficiency, and social equity of water use, for both consumption and pollution
- How to use the results of the water footprint accounting and sustainability assessment to identify and prioritize the most strategic actions to be taken on local, regional, national, and global scales, individually and collectively
The Global Water Footprint Assessment Standard helps us to achieve fair and smart use of the world’s fresh water.
How can the standard be used?
The Global Water Footprint Assessment Standard can be used to provide similar quantification and strong analytics that will help businesses in their commercial water sustainability drive. It can be used at different physical ranges from the smallest secondary catchments to large river basins, for municipalities, nations, and the whole world, and helps governments to control water resources and accomplish sustainable development.
Water Footprint Network
It is a stage for cooperation between businesses, governments, and people to resolve the water crises by improving water usage. Over 100 partners from large companies to small-scale suppliers, financial institutions and regulatory bodies, non-profit organizations, and academia are there on the platform.
The Tool is being developed by the Water Footprint Network, in collaboration with Water Footprint Implementation. Bringing together the internationally recognized Global Water Footprint Standard and the most comprehensive, global water footprint database – WaterStat – as well as user-provided data, the tool allows us to complete a geographic or production assessment and provides results based on sound methods and the best available data.
CDP is a non-profit aid organization that runs the disclosure system for global investors, companies, and provinces to control their environmental impacts. Every year CDP helps many companies to assess and control their risks and opportunities on climate change, water security, and desertification. The collection of self-reported data from the companies is supported by over 800 institutional investors with about US$100 trillion in assets. Nearly a fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions are reported through CDP. This information helps investors, corporations, and regulators to measure and understand the environmental impact of their decisions and take steps to address and limit their risk to climate change, deforestation, and water security.
How do companies report through CDP?
Companies disclose their information through CDP’s three corporate surveys on climate change, water security, and forests. This benefits companies to deliver information on social and environmental factors to their investors, customers, and other stakeholders, involving governance and policy, and opportunity management, goals, and strategies. Investors and customers can ask for environmental data from companies via CDP, and the data is used by these stakeholders to inform decisions and drive action