July 07, 2020

Breaking barriers: Ensuring resilient and safe water supply

by Andrea Erickson-Quiroz

What happens upstream doesn’t stay upstream

From the cradle of humanity, our societies have evolved alongside water. Our ability to harness water has enabled us to produce food, support cities, and grow economies. Clean water is fundamental to health and well-being. Yet access to clean water is not as simple as turning on the tap. One half of all people on the planet live in places where the source of their water is used or degraded faster than it is replenished. Over-allocation and unsustainable use of water draws down the savings bank of available surface- and groundwater, while land degradation and pollution upstream affect the safety of limited supplies.

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