Water's Future: Innovation and Technology will drive greater water sustainability and resilience
Updated: Jan 31
Take a breather for a moment. Consider a drop of water that falls into a river. As the river flows, this drop settles in the underlying groundwater, where it is absorbed by the roots of a tree, which then feeds a broader ecosystem. It evaporates there and then falls as rain into a newly ploughed potato patch.
In a second iteration of the cycle, the drop lands in the tap of a family who is for the first time receiving water at their home, allowing a little girl to shower before going to school rather than fetching water from the nearest well, which is an hour away.
The same drop is cleaned in a wastewater treatment plant before flowing gently through a hydropower dam in a given country, generating energy for a textile plant in a nearby country that employs 200 locals. Water is important and basic for life and goes through all aspects of development. It drives economic progress, supports healthy ecosystems, and is essential and fundamental for life itself.
Climate change, on the other hand, manifests itself in the form of water. Water-related natural disasters account for nine out of ten natural disasters, posing climatic threats to food, energy, urban, and environmental systems. If we are to meet our climate and development goals, water must be at the centre of our adaptation efforts in order to rebuild more effectively.
On the one hand, maintaining safe access to water and sanitation has a direct influence on a community's health and well-being, which in turn has an impact on education attainment and employment productivity, contributing to poverty reduction. Appropriate water management, on the other hand, can have a major positive impact on agriculture, environmental safety, public health, and energy generation. Given these two-way interconnections, looking beyond single-sector solutions becomes more important, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.
In developing countries, the World Bank is the major multilateral source of water financing. It focuses on a number of interconnected sectors such as water supply, sanitation, water resources management, and water in agriculture, working hand in hand with partners to achieve a water-secure world for all.
As the world's population grows to more than 9 billion people by 2050, it's more critical than ever to create more with less. Governments in the developing world will need to strengthen the sector's resilience and sustainability as the water supply and sanitation continues to confront rising pressures, particularly due to the effects of climate change. Scarcity and safety, water efficiency, utility operations, monitoring and treatment, and data and analytics all benefit from innovation and technology. Utilities and businesses are increasingly eager to test and embrace promising technologies.
What do you believe the future water tech scenario looks like? Will it include drones that inspect and repair leaks inside pipes? Will consumer feedback be automatically collected and used to inform service changes? Will you be able to use crypto-currencies to pay for services? Well, these may happen over years. At present, every day, water utilities encounter issues that limit their ability to provide even safe and drinkable water to consumers in their service areas.
These issues range from the inability to fund operational expenditures to the inability to provide water to all inhabitants 24 hours a day. The effects of climate change, as well as other hazards such as COVID-19, are exacerbating these problems. As a result, it's more necessary than ever to think outside the box, not just focusing on immediate requirements, but also fostering long-term innovations that will enable utilities to deal with short- and long-term issues while providing safe and reliable universal water supply and sanitation services.
It is critical that technological innovations are supported by governments since they have the potential to save and improve lives in both developed and poor countries. As a result, water sector investments must continue to flow. Both the development and technology sectors must take an interdisciplinary approach to innovation in order to produce long-term solutions that will benefit future generations.
Insanity, according to Albert Einstein, is defined as "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Traditional approaches to water are ineffective in addressing new environmental issues. Let us continue to turn technological inertia and procrastination into enhanced creativity and invention as we enter in a new year. Our experts at Maithri Aquatech have been leading this drive over many years.
How is Maithri Aquatech's mission towards paranoid innovation in safeguarding humanity and changing the world progressing?
Maithri has developed a world-class innovative solution to install Atmospheric Water Generation (AWG) systems, which are reliable sources of clean, safe water in areas where water is scarce, difficult to obtain, or polluting. Atmospheric water generation (AWG) is a method for extracting drinkable water from the atmosphere that has the potential to boost water availability in the event of shortages, pollution accidents, or other issues that could impair drinking water supply.
Small domestic systems that can produce 25 litres per day to massive commercial machines that can produce over 10,000 litres per day, AWG systems come in a variety of sizes. The air temperature and the amount of water vapour (i.e., humidity) present have a considerable impact on the rate of water production. Maithri has developed a cutting-edge system known as “MEGHDOOT” that gathers ambient water vapour and converts it into microbe-free drinkable water.
Maithri's AWG systems are utilized in a variety of industries, including agriculture, construction, farms, hospitals, hotels, residential, rural areas, navy, fisheries, defense, educational institutions, and more. These systems do not require a water supply, may operate off the grid, do not waste water, and offer clean drinking water as needed. They don't rely on finite natural resources and don't emit any carbon dioxide. Because renewable energy is used, there are no direct or indirect emissions.
Maithri experts take the mission even further, believing that it is not enough to simply supply clean water by installing water systems and then walking away; compassion requires us to connect with the communities and teach them how to be sustainable in the long run. One way to do so is to keep a long-term implementation plan in place. Providing safe drinking water includes a lot more. It requires investing in people, establishing safe water systems, teaching for long-term sustainability, and generating hope in order to be truly successful. Societies must work together to end the global water crisis.
Industries, entrepreneurs, government agencies must move quickly to address the water crisis and avoid it from getting worse. The only way water can be secured for everyone is through constant innovation, investment, and teamwork, as well as ensuring that services are sustainable and resilient to climate shocks. In order to save our world, we must act NOW.
Talk to our experts today and learn more about the future of water, and how innovation and technology will drive greater water sustainability and resilience around the world.