UN World Water Day: industry faces supply pressures


Industrial consumption of water has been in the spotlight on UN World Water Day today (March 22), which coincides with the first major conference of the UN dedicated to water since 1977 – reflecting the increasing multi-faceted pressures on the life-supporting source.

Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030. At current rates, progress towards all the targets of SDG 6 is off track and in some areas the rate of implementation needs to quadruple, or more.

While water resources and how they are managed impact almost all aspects of sustainable development, including the 17 SDGs, current investments must be quadrupled to meet the annual estimated $600 billion to $1 trillion required to realise SDG 6, on water and sanitation.

Global freshwater demand is predicted to exceed supply by 40% as soon as 2030.

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