Importance of Water Treatment Technologies Highlighted in New Infographic about Challenges and Solutions
With water issues affecting all populations of the world, technologies are increasingly required to meet challenges of high demand but limited supply.
Water treatment is a critical environmental topic that factors into communities around the world. As certain wasteful agriculture and business operations pollute valuable and scarce supplies of this resource, and climate conditions make water use more costly, restoring and maintaining a healthy water supply is essential. Team Gemini and its team members continue to develop working solutions to address the need to treat and recycle wastewater and more.
Water supports our capacity to maintain healthy communities, prosperous businesses, food supplies, and more. With variability in water quantities being a reality of climate change, and water quality fluctuating between locations, technologies and policies play a role in maintaining stability of supply and quality. Among the advantages of using more advanced sustainability and water treatment options is that water supplies can be used more resourcefully—this fulfils strict regulations without sacrificing economic and environmental performance!
An infographic by Ohio University sheds more light on the prevalence of the issue, and outlines a number of statistics that support improving water treatment infrastructure.
Fresh water is a scarce commodity on earth. In fact, of the world’s 332.5 million cubic miles of water, only 4 percent is fresh water. The other 96 percent is saline. Of the 4 percent that is fresh water, rivers constitute about 300 cubic miles, or 1 percent of the total water. Additionally, 68 percent of fresh water resources are locked up in ice and glaciers, whereas groundwater resources make up 30 percent. With that in mind, Americans use over 400 billion gallons of both fresh and saline water every day. The biggest consumers of water in the United States are the electricity and agriculture industries, accounting for 80 percent of the daily consumption. The former requires huge amounts of water for cooling thermoelectric power plants, whereas the latter requires enormous quantities to grow crops. On the other hand, the municipal supply and treatment systems account for only 11 percent, or 44 billion gallons, of the daily consumption numbers.
Recent research shows that 70 percent of US counties could experience acute water shortages due to climate change, economic boom, and population increase. For instance, the Upper Colorado River Basin experienced a severe decade-long drought between 2000 and 2010, causing Colorado River flows to fall by nearly 20 percent on average below the 1906–1999 levels. Moreover, by 2014, the protracted drought had caused the water levels in Lake Mead and Lake Powell, the two largest reservoirs in the United States, to fall by almost 60 percent despite being full at the start of the drought (2000). This is according to a recent study published in Water Resources Research. Sadly, the US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation says that the Colorado River supports about 40 million people across seven Western US states and two Mexican states.
Treating wastewater and creating a closed loop in which little to no additional water will ever have to be consumed is one of the foremost solutions that can help resolve widespread water issues. Combining this with rainwater-harvesting and other technologies will allow one to protect strained groundwater levels, clean up polluted waterways, and safeguard areas that are prone to drought.
With companies like A3-USA, Inc., Enviplan, and others, Team Gemini provides innovative, modular water and wastewater treatment technologies that are among the most efficient on the market, and help resolve issues related to various environmental factors. From Membrane Bioreactors to Ultrafiltration and Reverse Osmosis systems, these components are able to retain suspended matter, bacteria, and viruses (pathogens), and can even remove carbon, phosphorous, nitrogen, certain toxins, and bio-accumulative micro-contaminants.
Furthermore, sustainable agriculture that protects water resources even more can be achieved through additional technologies from team members like AKVA group, Viscon, Bucher, and others, whose specialties include land-based Aquaculture, Aquaponics, and food processing. These systems innovate food production on industrial scales, allowing farmers, communities, and other stakeholders to maximize their resources while reducing or eliminating their negative environmental impacts.
Featuring smaller footprints and lower maintenance requirements than traditional [municipal] wastewater treatment plants, Team Gemini and its team members offer ways to tackle pollution and water conservation effectively. With overall water and agriculture needs covered—and options for bio refineries creating additional resources—an extensive number of choices is available to support new environmental protection measures while at the same time increasing resources for existing communities and industries.
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