Water is a limited commodity and its consumption is increasing, yet 2 billion people in the world lack drinking water, in addition to the number of liters lost through mismanagement.
The five Rs rule should be applied to the circular water economy: reduce, repair, recover, reuse and recycle, as well as the use of the term “use” instead of “consumption”, which raises awareness of what it means to turn on the faucet. Currently, 25% of the water consumed is reclaimed: problems such as improper waste or leaks in public networks require improved management and awareness.
For industry, reclaimed water is more reliable than drinking water because, if the latter is in short supply, it runs the risk of stopping production. However, the harmful effect of many sectors, such as the textile industry, which is highly polluting because of its processes and the large volumes of water it uses, must be mitigated. The pollution of microplastics in the water that reaches the sewage treatment plant is also very difficult to manage and the EU is already working on their use (the United Kingdom has already banned them).
In order to obtain financing, business actions against climate change and care for the planet are becoming increasingly important: banks are requesting sustainability and water indicators, which are becoming more and more demanding, forcing companies to constantly evolve; Spain has the opportunity to make progress in sustainability with the 140,000 million it is going to receive from European funds, and water treatment cannot be left behind. Public and private collaboration, technology and a legal framework that supports it and facilitates investment are needed.
Thus, the axes for the improvement of water treatment lie in action and awareness: it is necessary to generate awareness so that society demands more action and regulatory acceleration; it is necessary to ensure the progress of future generations to avoid geopolitical problems. But above all, we must change the strategy from “solving the problem” to “anticipating the problem”, which implies anticipating. Anticipation is already a reality in many sectors, and requires measuring, processing, analyzing and taking action quickly, with as little bureaucracy as possible. Monitoring technology has brought the ability to take action in near real time. That is why it is important for public decision makers to understand that there is no room for bureaucracy in the efficient management of an increasingly scarce resource.
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SOURCE: cincodias.elpais.com/ Nubeprint