Policy wonks, scientists and economists gather to discuss research and best practices for optimizing water management as a global water crisis looms.
WATER SOURCES: The California Aqueduct in 2008. Climate and weather challenges make water a tricky resource to manage. (Photo: David McNew/Getty Images)
“At unpredictable times, too much water will arrive in some places and too little in others,” said Zafar Adeel, chair of U.N. Water which coordinates water-related efforts of 28 United Nations organizations and agencies.
“Until now, all we’ve ever done in urban environments is to drain everything into rivers and lakes,” he told AFP.
A desktop computer, for example, requires 1.5 tons (1,500 liters) of water; a pair of denim jeans up to 6 tons; a kilogram of wheat 1 ton; a kilo of chicken 3 to 4 tons; a kilo of beef 15 to 30 tons.
“We have to be prepared for the security challenges that will arise from this,” he said.
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