- How the great demands of continuous freshwater supply during COVID-19 crisis may lead to global water crisis
- Government’s failed plans for a sustainable environment
- Contributions that companies and individuals can do for a better future
From brief talks about water systems and its availability to improving technology for efficient public water usage, reveals how sustainable water management has made its regress over the years. The current situation of the world facing COVID-19 crisis demands safe and sufficient water supply to protect the human health.
It imposes definite requirements on proper hygiene and sanitation which ultimately stand in need of adequate clean water supply. Whereas, one in every three humans do not have access to safe drinking water, two out of five people are in deficiency of hand washing facility and over 673 million people still face defecation, UN says.
Major current need of freshwater to stop the spread of the virus, UN says, is going to challenge the humans with another global water crisis by 2030. We need to manage the risks if we want to recreate a world that is sustainable so that we can face the impending crises.
Government’s short-sighted actions
The country is facing fearful changes in the climate, resulting in cyclones- due to a high rise in temperature and locusts attack- due to unseasonal rainfall. With this, the times are getting even more challenging for government to look upon and match the scale of demand and supply in all the regions of the country. But the government seems to be short-sighted towards the sustainable reset.
The focus of the government is rather shifted on corona wave, paying no attention to the wave of recession and even a bigger wave of climate change. This is going to bring increased tensions and conflicts in the country in near future. The government of India took national initiatives in 2019 to raise public awareness about water conservation. Instead of maintaining them in a way that they would help to face the hindrances in coming years, the government more willingly minimised its efforts making situations worse.
On one hand, the country plans to construct more dams (the existing ones being productive for only few hours a day), whereas on the other hand panels have been conducted to connect and confirm the mining, industrial and infrastructure projects, almost all of them in forest areas. As government-owned thermal power plants seeks for a monetary solution for pollution control equipment and gets no response, generation increases in other coal-fired power station from 52% to maximum possible. Such relaxations on environment front reveals how water, forest, climate and environmental issues have always been only a business for government.
As per the reports, now the government has approved for a new coal mine in an elephant reserve, a wildlife sanctuary for endangered lion-tail macaques and great Indian hornbills. Next two arguable projects to be counted are- a hydropower project in Dibang Valley, Northeast India; and a uranium mine in central India’s tiger reserve.
Dibang Valley is a region where almost 300 species of birds and 75 species of mammals find a home. Building a hydro power of 3097 megawatt in such a place is nothing but shattering the hopes of a sustainable reset, an opportunity placed by the COVID-19 crisis itself.
Corporate Sector’s take on Water Management
In the corporate sphere, a lot of companies look out for private gains. Building and running factories and not paying for the pollution they create, eventually leads to collective loss. The companies need to understand the urgency of synchronizing socio-environmental sustainable actions into each and every department and not only in their sustainable departments.
Only some organizations have installed technology and protocols to look after the waste water management. Some other world leaders have set down particular sustainability goals to execute their corporate social responsibility towards their community as a whole. In a great difference to this, local organisations often do not take charge of the same. Eventually, they are unable to excite their employees to carry out sustainable actions in their everyday working. It is the need of the hour that individuals and corporate understand and work in the favour of nature, together.
Plan of Action
For the purpose, what companies can do is share the responsibility. It should not only be in the hands of sustainability departments, but also the employees must look forward to the sight of owning the sustainability. This will bring the transformation of business models to be even more sustainable.
For the upcoming difficult times post COVID-19, companies should define “what are they doing?”, “why are they doing so?” and “how can that be done in the most sustainable way?” because this is going to take them ahead where they have to no longer face the up downs of the nature.
Be it corporate operations or even household works, individually, each one of us should take the future in our hands. The water management must be done in a way that it pulls out a perfect and sustainable change in the surroundings.
Globally or locally, individuals and industries rely on steady supply of freshwater, from indoor and outdoor domestic water purposes to employing it for the product manufacturing. Now, handling the problems of water world and applying its solutions to our everyday life has a value to take action in favour of.
Opportunities for a Sustainable Reset
Even if the situation of COVID-19 has knocked down the lives of many people and businesses of the entrepreneurs, is putting forward a chance to reset the sustainable development of industries such as energy, healthcare and aviation and reshape the world once again. The situation can still be taken as a golden opportunity by the business leaders to work towards a better water management system.
Solution exists. One can be, employing green technology in all the industries be it energy, aviation, transport, agriculture, power, and many more to enlist. One such solution is provided by Clean-Water Sustainable Water Technologies. Floating Islands, an instrument that mimics nature’s process and provide wetland effect to water bodies to clean the water. In order to restore the ecological cycle, it works as a habitat for organisms such as invertebrates, insects, fishes, birds and many more.
This is a green-tech solution for restoring water bodies which are in a really bad condition. The island calls for a low maintenance and the plants needs the attention same as to grow them on a land.
Water governance brings around the changes in better food security, more ingression of energy and handling the matters of rapid urbanization. It cuts off the possibilities of disaster risks providing us proper availability whenever and wherever needed. To develop the water bodies for a sustainable future, what we all need to do is to connect the dots. We need to work in a way that future generations get their hands-on water resources they will wish for domestic, ecologic, economic and industrial progress.
Let’s not exaggerate on private profits which will fall into collective loss in the long run.