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Excessive Water Use ‘Threatening Business in Major Economies’

Unsustainable water use is threatening agriculture, other business and populations in China, India and the US, according to a study by risk analysis company Maplecroft.

The Water Stress Index calculates the water stress of over 168 countries by evaluating renewable supplies of water from precipitation, streams and rivers against domestic, industrial and agricultural use.

The arid Middle East and North Africa region is the most at-risk region in the index, with Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Libya, Djibouti, UAE, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Egypt categorized as the 10 most water-stressed countries, listed in order of risk.

However, the widespread use of irrigation for agriculture, combined with increasing domestic and industrial water demand in India (ranked 34th in the index), China (50) and the US (61) means that those economies’ water resources are coming under increasing pressure – and this may place more of an impact on the wider world, Maplecroft says.

The populous northeast Chinese provinces of Beijing, Jiangsu, Shandong and Tianjin are all considered “extreme risk” by the Water Stress Index, due to large-scale economic growth and the rapid expansion of cities.

Agriculture is a key driver of unsustainable water use in India. The country is classified as “high risk” overall, but at a subnational level the index identified “extreme” levels of water stress across large swathes of its most important agricultural land. States that are at “extreme risk” of water stress include Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan, while Delhi, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal are rated at “high risk.”

Although the USA is classified by Maplecroft as “medium risk” for water stress overall, large areas are already suffering from the depletion of ground water supplies, with states including Arizona, California, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico and Texas classified as being at “high” and “extreme risk.”

The effects of water stress on global food inflation are illustrated by recent price hikes for soya beans, which have been pushing all-time highs, the study says.

An April 2012 study released by Maplecroft ranked GE, Alcoa, Johnson Controls, Ford and Intel as the leaders in innovation of clean-tech solutions and products, mitigation of climate change-related risks and management of carbon emissions. The Maplecroft Climate Innovation Indexes studied 360 large, multinational US companies and how they adapt to climate-change issues.

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  2. Here in the USA last we we consumed and exhausted almost 10 Trillion cu. ft of natural gas. The amount of water that was blown into the atmosphere instead of recovered is incredible.
    The technology is called Condensing Flue Gas Heat Recovery. The water is there for the taking.
    Increasing water efficiency comes by everyone doing their part to conserve. Treated water lives a very short life.
    The distance is from the tap to the drain.
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  3. Condensing Flue Gas Heat Recovery does not magically produce water. What is does do is recover some of the heat that would otherwise be vented up the chimney. That recovered heat can be used to heat incoming cold water from the municipal supply, in order to provide hot water where it is needed. But no additional water is created or saved in the process. And without Condensing Flue Gas Heat Recovery, there is no water that is “blown into the atmosphere”.

  4. Graywater can be used to water crops, as it provides more nutrients than pure water. It can also, for the same reason, be used in hydroponic farming.

    Sadly, graywater is dumped down the sewer in the United States. Worse, pure water is wasted on useless weeds such as grass in this land of sprawl.

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