How can we take care of the freshwater we already have?
It’s there when we turn on the tap, and we simply expect it to be. However, increasing demand for freshwater means we’re running dangerously low.
In fact, freshwater withdrawals (which is the total water withdrawals, not counting evaporation losses from storage basins), has tripled over the last 50 years and is increasing by a staggering 64 cubic meters every year.
Only 2 percent of the global water supply is made up of fresh water, which means it’s a precious resource. Some 80 percent of all diseases in the developing world are water-related and, by 2025, the United Nation estimates that 30 percent of the world’s population residing in 50 countries will face water shortages.
That means it’s up to us as humans to make some smart and informed choices.
Some simple steps to take are in order to preserve water are:
A metric ton of Stone Paper requires exactly zero water usage. In comparison, a metric ton of new wood-pulp paper requires 15.7 X water usage (equivalent to 434 showers), whereas a metric ton of recycled pulp paper requires 5.84 X water usage.