Water & Sustainability in the 21st Century
Find out the critical long-term outlook for the world’s water supply, along with preservation efforts by industrial and agricultural firms, in our special report, IHS Chemical Water and Sustainability in the 21st Century.
Water supply is in a silent crisis. Freshwater accounts for only one-half of one percent of all the earth’s water, but in comparison to the energy crisis, few realize the rate at which this vital resource is disappearing. More than 100 cities and suburban areas around the world have inadequate water supplies. For example, each Beijing resident can access only 10,500 cubic feet of water per day. The world average is 35,300 cubic feet per day. Additionally, 300 million rural Chinese lack clean drinking water because of polluted waterways—over half of China's major rivers and lakes, and 35% of groundwater supplies are undrinkable.
Water and Sustainability in the 21st Century offers a conceptual framework for understanding the key issues underpinning a safe and sustainable water supply, including:
- Global water quality and supply
- Long-term supply outlook
- Water reclamation/reuse efforts globally, by industry and by agriculture
- Desalination efforts to increase freshwater supply