Water, Water (Not) Everywhere: the Imperative of Increasing Water Use Efficiency

Today, nearly 1.6 billion people live in countries with physical water scarcity – a figure thatwater-tajikistan780x439 may double in just two decades.

As economies and populations grow, their demand for water also grows. Water is not only essential for human life, it is a vital factor for production – meaning that diminishing water supplies can translate into lower economic growth. A recent assessment, “High and Dry: Climate Change, Water and the Economy”, a report by the Water Global Practice of the World Bank, found that some regions could see their growth rates decline by as much as 6% of GDP by 2050 due to water-related losses in various sectors.

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