Can tech mitigate the region's water crisis?

Water management firms are finding innovative methods to counter water crises in the Middle East

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With water scarcity predicted to reach alarming levels by 2025 in the Middle East, government officials and experts are looking into ways to reverse the damage caused by climate change.

According to reports, the UAE is among the countries with the highest per capita water consumption in the world. The UAE’s water sources are mainly desalinated water, groundwater and treated waste water. 

However, available groundwater in the UAE may fall significantly. It is predicted that by 2030, there could be less supply from groundwater resources.

Researchers from the World Resources Institute (WRI), who compiled the first index measuring competition for and depletion of surface water, such as lakes and rivers, each decade from 2010 to 2040, said the Middle East is already probably the least water-secure region in the world. 

Fady Juez, managing director at Metito, says:  “Efficient water management is a mandate and not a luxury. In a water-scarce environment, it is paramount for the water supply chain to be as efficient as possible. We must ensure that we are making the most of the water available, and avoid wastage where possible. Water management solutions require the latest engineering technology in order to safeguard this finite resource, and thus, promote long-term security by building a more sustainable future for the populations and industries in the Middle East and Africa. 

Craig Beeson, Sanctum Consult’s CEO, adds that with the current population growth rates, the annual water demand may reach more than 50 billion cubic metres by the year 2030. He says: “Market opportunities related to the water sector are expected to reach $1tr by 2025. Companies that are early to respond and take steps to exploit the market opportunities associated with these water-related challenges are more likely to gain a competitive advantage and achieve commercial success.” 

In this special report, experts reveal that the gap between the supply and demand of water can be bridged through sustainable water management techniques, recycling, public awareness, and finally, the adoption of new and innovative technologies that have the ability to improve the proper utilisation of water.

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