Global Guide to Water and Waste Utilities Edition 1, 2012
The world’s population is averaging a growth rate of around 1.1% annually. This is creating a greater demand for improved water supplies and sanitation, especially in developing countries and urban areas. As stronger population growth is generally observed in these regions. They may also have more challenging requirements to meet the water target under the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). A target of reducing ‘the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and sanitation’ for eligible countries by half by 2015.
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Global Desalination Report Edition 1, 2012
This NRG Expert Report provides a global overview of Desalination. It looks at water stress, future and current markets, rising demand for desalination, costs, advantages, current and future technologies and much more. Many parts of the world are experiencing severe water stress with limited fresh water supplies. In some parts of the world water use exceeds renewable water capacity – renewable water is defined as surface and underground water supplies that are replenished by rainwater. These regions often use non-renewable ground water supplies, which are also further down and require more energy to exploit, or exploit underground aquifers resulting in salt water intrusion. Increased industrialisation and urbanisation has also lead to ground water pollution in some regions.
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