On 22 March 2021 ‒ World Water Day ‒ SRH University Heidelberg will host a ground-breaking online event, giving people from around the world a platform to share and exchange ideas, experiences and suggestions to preserve our precious water.
The world has plenty of water – after all, 70 percent of the world’s surface is literally covered in it – but the amount of available water that is safe for drinking is only 1 per cent of the world’s total water. Moreover, readily available, fresh, potable water is distributed unevenly around the globe. This means many people have limited access to it, or even none at all. Only a tiny fraction of water has left our planet, sent into space in the form of “virtual water”. The remaining water will always be here in different forms, such as salt water, ice, vapour or otherwise undrinkable water. Thanks to state-of-the-art technologies, we can always treat water in any form, whether it is highly polluted, industrial wastewater or saline water from oceans or bogs, to transform it into drinkable water. However, this sometimes requires huge capital and operational costs, which is a major challenge. The tricky question therefore is, if governments are currently already unable to bridge the huge gap between supply and demand, how will it be possible as demand for treatment and purification – and therefore its cost – continues to dramatically rise? Our perceptions about the availability of water must change in order to explain to the young generation that water may not always flow abundantly every time we turn on the tap.
SRH University Heidelberg invites you to be part of this insightful and interactive celebration of World Water Day on 22 March 2021. Let’s discuss these questions together – how can we solve this issue? And how can we encourage the next generation to value water more highly?
More information: www.hochschule-heidelberg.de/wwd