An increasing number of instances have been surfacing from all across the globe about water shortages all around. AMPAC USA in this write-up shares the different alternatives, solutions, and ways we can put to use to avoid the problem seawater desalination included. The technology has been a boon for countries like Israel where today the nation produces more agricultural goods than it needs. AMPAC with its 28 years of experience shares with us some of the ways to help push back day zero for a longer time.
AMPAC USA works in designing and manufacturing some of the best seawater desalination equipment for a variety of operations. But does that answer all the water woes at once? Lately, one has been hearing nothing but shortages and depleting resources. Countries in Africa, South America, Asia and a few parts of North America are facing a very bad and gruesome problem of the water crisis. Over a thousand children go every day without a single drop of water, Cape Town and several major cities across the globe came close to Day Zero, California lakes had dried up, farmers’ suicides in India were on the rise due to no rainfall.
WHO predicts 844 million people lack even a basic source, including 159 million people dependent on rivers and lakes. Additionally, by 2025, nearly two billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute scarcity according to the United Nations. As the crisis has neared urban cities, a greater number of people are now adopting nature-friendly options that help conserve and avoid pollution.
“On an individual level, a lot of solutions have gained awareness among the people including rainwater harvesting, conserving water and better management in a family,” says Sammy Farag, CEO of AMPAC USA. “However, as the numbers of industries increase, it is all the more crucial to make sure these solutions are scaled for larger operations.”
So, what are these changes that can help avoid a water crisis?
Possible Solutions To Curb Water Crisis
More than 70% of the earth is covered by water and only a fraction of 3% is freshwater, even less is accessible to us directly. Over 90% of this accessible resource is used for agricultural purposes and the rest is for industries and drinking.
“Taking this information into consideration, we need to work on managing our resources better,” Farag says. “The reserves accessible to us are already low, to ensure that every one of the 7 billion people on earth gets water, one has to be very careful with managing the available amount.”
Some of these solutions are:
- Making large scale industrial use of machinery that efficiently uses water and energy. Ensuring this saves water on a per-day basis in commercial and industrial facilities.
- Rethink the way we use water for agriculture, growing crops that use less of it. Making use of the soil, nature-friendly chemicals or organic genetic mutation that are harmless and use less water
- A major difference can easily be made by simply changing the way it is used in agriculture by using better techniques like a drip irrigation system. It is efficient and effective in supplying to every plant on a larger land.
- Cutting back on livestock farming can help save a lot and more importantly, help save forests that are cleared for their food.
- Conserve new sources of groundwater and avoiding commercial drilling of these reservoirs. Working towards replenishing these reserves and properly managing it.
- Protecting the lakes and rivers from extreme industrial pollution by using wastewater treatment options on a larger scale.
- Applying recycling procedures wherever possible and divert it to be used for agriculture, industries and replenishment programs.
A lot of these solutions involve management of the available resources rather than just saving up. These solutions may not be possible for arid regions but there is one other solution that can be used by almost every region. Shortage of the most important resource of all has driven a lot of countries to seek technological help from the brilliant minds in the world. And that is how the idea of conversion of seawater into freshwater came into existence.
Why Seawater Desalination?
Seas have ample water to support the human race for thousands of years. Naturally, it can be converted via seawater desalination to be used for drinking. More than that, this particular option offers so many opportunities in resolving the crisis.
- Desalination offers the comfort of potable water being available without the stress of exhaustion.
- At a larger scale, it provides safe drinking water to thousands of households daily making the supply to everyone a consistent service.
- The more advanced plants set up around the world use Reverse Osmosis as the core process for filtration. It is a proven method for potable drinking water.
- Countries are less dependent on natural resources which can now begin replenishing via the water cycle.
- Even better, the process of RO purification of waste from industries can give safe water that can be used to refill the aquifer, lakes, reservoirs of the region and in turn lifting stress from the environment.
Plants have been set across the world in Australia, U.S, Saudi Arabia and more where each day tens of thousands of gallons of freshwater are produced from an endless supply of the sea.
“It is a growing trend. It has given hope to countries where the geography is not naturally blessed with rivers and reservoirs. People have begun irrigation and agriculture thanks to the abundant supply. Reverse osmosis makes the process effective. Still, we have miles to go in technology regarding its environmental effects,” added Farag.
About AMPAC USA
AMPAC USA is a leading water treatment systems manufacturer for over 30 years. The company designs advanced seawater desalination systems for every purpose with Reverse Osmosis as the core process. The company provides products for residential, commercial and industrial purposes.