January 9, 2013
In 2003, the General Accounting Office (GAO) issued a report warning that the U.S. was entering a new era of water scarcity. The report projected that by 2013 at least 36 states could face water shortages.
However, the report was incorrect. By 2008, five years earlier than projected, at least 36 states were already dealing with periodic, if not chronic, water shortages with California, New Mexico, and Arizona at the top of the list.
Klaus Reichardt, CEO and founder of Waterless Co., makers of no-water urinal systems and other restroom-related products, predicts that while there is some good news, water scarcity and related-water concerns will likely become paramount issues in 2013.
Among Reichardt’s other water predictions for 2013 are:
• Lake Michigan/Huron water systems will be at great risk of all-time low water levels, impacting lifestyles and a number of industries in the region
• Water and sewer rates in the U.S. will continue to rise in most areas due to the increased costs of electricity (to transport water to and from locations), chemical treatments and infrastructure upgrades
• Water availability in many parts of the world will fall due to droughts, inefficient use of water, chemical runoff and/or salt water infiltration in water systems
• There will be new requirements for water purification in many areas of the world, but this may also cause water rates to increase
• We will see more advocacy groups emerge urging people to conserve water and use it more efficiently
• As a result of these factors, finding ways to use water more efficiently in homes, offices, and especially in agriculture and industry will become the “new normal” in 2013.
“This last prediction is very important,” says Reichardt. “For most of our history in the U.S., we have not been very concerned about water or how we use it. That will all change in 2013.”
And South Africa is in for a big surprise too. Many warnings have been, and still are being swept under the carpet. If you stay in the Gauteng or North-West area you will know the temperatures have been 35+ lately. Water evaporation is alarming. Swimming pools need top-up more frequently, yet we can’t afford to waste water for that. Please re-cycle your water; swimming pool backwashed water as well as grey water. As the UN said – the era of recycling of water in the cities is upon us. It is each and every one of us’ responsibility to save water. And if you can’t afford big rainwater harvesting installations to get off the grid then you can change your toilets to a water-wise system. Every little bit helps.