World Water Day is an opportunity to recognise water as a precious resource, with this year’s campaign focusing on the theme of Accelerating Change. Climate change has had profound negative impact on our water resources and as global warming accelerates at an unprecedented rate, we all need to act fast to tackle the water and sanitation crisis.
Climate change exacerbates problems such as drought and flooding, causing disruption to communities across the world. Water scarcity is predicted to impact approximately half of the world’s population in the years to come, with the current statistic of 1 in 10 people not having access to clean water.
The absence of clean water creates a cascade of negative impacts on communities which can lead to the spread of waterborne disease and food insecurity due to failed crops, which disproportionately impacts vulnerable populations across the world.
In the UK this environmental impact on our water cycle is already taking effect, having experienced unprecedented temperatures during recent summer months which has caused drought conditions across our regions and stress on the natural environment. With the increasing rise in global temperatures and as our populations begin to grow, the importance of conserving water resources has been greater than ever.
At RSE, our teams specialise in delivering innovative water technology solutions through the design, build and maintenance of water treatment and water recycling equipment. In an increasingly circular economy and the threat of the water crisis, RSE aims to minimise our environmental impact by recycling water for re-use, repairing and maintaining existing assets to recover resources and additionally striving to maximise energy efficiencies and minimise waste.
Further afield, RSE aims to contribute towards tackling the global water crisis by supporting international not-for-profit organisation, WaterAid. WaterAid works with partners across the world to combat the issue of water inequality and ensure access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene for all.
RSE is supporting the annual WaterAid Walk for Water campaign and our staff are currently taking on the challenge of walking 4km, 8km or 12km every day throughout the month of March.
The aim of the fundraiser is to help WaterAid’s mission of making clean water the norm for people all over the world. Unfortunately, not everyone receives the high-quality drinking water we do, often meaning women and children around the world must walk the distances reflected in the challenge every day to reach clean water.
Contributions to Team RSE’s Walk for Water fundraiser are greatly appreciated. To make a donation as part of recognising World Water Day, click here: RSE is taking part in Walk for Water (wateraid.org)
As the devastating impacts of climate change become more apparent, our natural water supplies will come under threat. We must all do our bit to slow this accelerating change, help save water in our daily lives and protect our natural water supplies to secure our future.