Did you know?

Next to oxygen, water is the most valuable resource for human life on earth.

Looking at our planet it might seem like the availability of water is limitless. But the water we can drink is becoming increasingly scarce! Even though more than 71 percent of the earth surface is covered by water, only 2.5 percent provide fresh water and only 0.5 percent are available to mankind. The remaining part is either contained in frozen glaciers, polar ice caps or stored deeply within the planet out of reach.

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In absolute numbers:

Every year a total amount of
43,000 km³

fresh water is available for the
entire population on earth.

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This matches about

17,200,000,000

olympie swimming pools

The available fresh water is used by

4 main areas:

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Reservoirs  

(natural & man-made, e.g. rivers, lakes, dam projects)

 

water use:

5%

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Agriculture 

(e.g. human & animal foodgrowing, ...)

 

water use:

9%

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Domestic Use

(e.g. drinking, cooking, showering, flushing toilet, ...)

 

water use:

20%

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Industry

(e.g. food production, automotive industry, ...)

 

water use:

66%

Since the beginning of the last century

modernization processes

cause a significant increase in fresh water consumption
all over the world.

Global
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According to estimates
global fresh water consumption in 2025 will be

2,764 km³

 

1,105,600,000 Swimmingpools

What does this mean for us?

Water is a renewable resource. Considering that we only use 2,764 km³ per year of the available 43,000 km³, the term "global water crisis" might seem over exaggerated. But while the consumption of water is rising, the availability of the resource is decreasing due to global warming and long drought periods. The consequences of this resource shortage continue to arise all over the world - already today!

Until 2035

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47% of the worlds population

will live in high water stress regions.

Until 2050

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The water consumption for industral production  

will have increased by 400%.

 

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The diversity or species living onshore

will have decreased by 10%.

 

Until 2100

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The river levels in Europe

will have dropped by approx. 40%.

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More than

40% of all living organisms

will die out and disappear.

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The rising sea level will have swallowed

30% of the costal wetlands

worldwide.

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One third of the  

global land surface

will be desiccate and no longer usable.

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