Big IdeasFRESH WATER SCIENCE

FRESH THINKINGFRESH WATER SCIENCE

With the world’s population at 7.6 billion and predicted to grow to 9.8 billion by 2050 the demand for potable and irrigation water has never been greater. Only 2.5% of the world’s water is fresh, and only 1% of that amount is easily accessible. Smart monitoring will be critical to water conservation. In the future, water will increasingly come from enhanced reuse techniques and desalination. Both rely more on organic approaches and solar energy. Over the next five years, look for wastewater to be treated and reused as potable water. Open canals with pumps now driven by fossil fuels will be powered by solar energy, reducing evaporation and fuel use.


1.8 BILLION

NUMBER OF PEOPLE BY 2025 WITHOUT ACCESS TO ENOUGH CLEAN WATER

400% INCREASE

IN DEMAND FOR WATER REQUIRED FOR MANUFACTURING BY 2050

ONE HALF OF THE WORLD

IS EXPECTED TO LIVE IN AREAS OF HIGH WATER-STRESS BY 2050


That’s why the world is looking to Arizona. Our experts know how to capture, store, move and manage water for millions of residents, agricultural enterprises and industries. Our leaders have mounted massive projects that have virtually re-engineered nature. Water treatment methods using microorganisms will not only clean the water but also generate energy in the process — a technique that is being pioneered right here in Arizona. The Southwest population is expected to grow from 56 million to 94 million by midcentury. Arizona is working collaboratively with our neighboring states to design new processes to generate electricity and treat water in a near-zero discharge desalt system. These advanced techniques will help sustain and replenish vital resources.


Arizona is at the forefront of adapting to an arid climate. Our state has spent more than a century addressing the challenges of scarce water.

 

This hundred-year head start in water conservation and resource management positions our state to share our expertise and become a world leader.