World water day is yet another opportunity to raise awareness around the global water crisis. The global pandemic has also been a stark reminder of just how critical water infrastructure can be to help prevent and monitor the development of an unprecedented healthcare crisis. Even though we constantly hear about the social and environmental issues that already force us to reflect on the way we live, we have not fully integrated the need to act now to preserve our planet for future generations.

Highlights

  • 784 million people do not have access to safe drinking water, more people die from polluted or unclean water related diseases than from violence, 2 billion people (1 in 4) are deprived of toilets, and unsafe water kills more children than malaria, AIDS and measles combined.
  • The United States of America and its very specific water supply systems may witness a revival in the coming years after the difficulties encountered in 2020.
  • Regarding the European Union, Ursula von der Leyen and Veronica Manfredi described the objective of the Green Deal as Europe’s ‘new sustainable growth strategy’, arguing that “Water is literally everywhere in the European Green Deal”.
  • Regarding China’s thirteenth and fourteenth ‘5-year plans’, progress has been made indubitably through 150 projects of water conservation, floods and natural disasters prevention, better water resources allocation, efficient water irrigation, water supply etc.
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