Water is undoubtedly the most abundant resource of our planet as it covers 70 percent of the area, but then also we are facing looming crises. Many factors are devastating the water supply in many areas globally, like climate change, global conflict, and overpopulation. Water is the necessity of life, but sadly two billion people, as of one-quarter of the human population, are without access to safe drinking water.
There are many experts who are very close to solutions and are focusing on developing technologies to address this problem before it’s too late. One of those experts is Michael Mirilashvili, head of an Israel-based firm, Watergen. This firm is utilizing its air to water technology to deliver drinking water to remote areas worldwide, which was hit by climate change.
Experts Seeking Answers To The World’s Drinking Water Crisis
Water is a basic human right.
Mr. Michael told BBC that ‘water is the basic human right and still millions don’t have access to it. He also added that if utilized incorrect manner, Watergen technology could help with a key shift within the water industry and can have a lasting impact on the planet. Pulling water out of thin air is a fiction-based topic, but the technique is actually simple. He added ‘a big benefit of using atmospheric water because there is no requirement to build water transportation, so there is no need to worry about heavy pipes.
However, one obstacle can be air pollution, which is a great concern in many cities. For example, in the UK, as per research by Imperial College London, it was clear that lead is toxic to the human body but is still present in the city’s air today also, despite it is banned in 1999. As per the study of scientists from Israel’s Tel Aviv University found that in urban areas too it is possible to extract drinking water to a standard which WHO sets. In more clear words, it is possible that clean water can be converted from the air that is polluted or dirty.
The good thing is that Watergen’s biggest machines are much capable to offer 7000 liters of water each day and are still used to support entire hospitals in Gaza Strips where people use water for hours to get water. As per Mr. Mirilashvili ‘, this is not only the question of saving lives, but it is to improve the lives of millions of people.’ He also added that ‘even in developed countries, people don’t drink clean water and directly affect health.’
Deadly pollution leads to risks of illnesses.
According to WHO, over two billion people only have access to water that is contaminated with faces, and about 500000 people die in a year due to severe illnesses. The only resource left to get clean water is the ocean, as icebergs have the world’s purest water. Abdulla Al-Shehi, entrepreneur as well as environmentalist, is working with the UAE iceberg project. He says that water scarcity poses a great risk due to climate change. But, he said,’ generally, a big iceberg can provide water to millions of people for about 3 to 4 years, so why not take advantage of what nature can offer us ‘.
As per expert’s advances in technology in prior years have made this possible to solve the problem of water shortages all around the globe. The experts say that ‘ energy required for seawater reverse osmosis has been reduced by about three times in last decades and in present date, it consumes 4 to 5 times or less energy than the old thermal process’. But still, it is not clear that these solutions will be enough as the water resources grow increasingly scarce globally. Therefore, many other scientists should also develop many other solutions that can ease the impact on already stressed ecosystems.