We often talk about the billions needing clean drinking water and ways that self-reliant people can gain access to help themselves and their families prosper. Smart Water can take that farther
Smart Water Case Study
The history of human beings is closely tied to water. Fresh water has been a key factor in the emergence of civilizations, not only for direct human consumption but also for agriculture and animal husbandry. The growth of communities and their increasing dependence on a steady water supply led to the creation of primitive waterworks to ensure that supply. The great civilizations of the ancient world all sprung up around abundant water supply. Rivers were vital to irrigation and the growth of commerce. Much later, industrialization and its expansion were also dependent on water supply and the use of waterways.
Mankind has been clever and creative with respect to the use of water, but also the cause of its contamination and shrinking availability. Worldwide, falling groundwater levels, disastrous droughts and calamitous floods are increasingly attributable to human activity, and deteriorating water quality is directly so.
Although every living organism on earth is dependent on water, humans use it far in excess of their survival needs. Fresh water from reservoirs and wells is used for countless purposes, and water consumption is constantly expanding. In the past century alone, total worldwide water consumption increased six times.
Integrated Water Cycle Management is a way for local water utilities to sustainably manage their water systems to maximize benefits to the community and environment. Thiscycle starts with precipitations that allow rivers, lakes or reservoirs to contain water. Next, this water is treated and stored for later domestic or agriculture use. Finally, water is treated to be purified before being returned to the environment.