A continued “business as usual" approach to water will lead to a "collapse in our global socioeconomic system," Richard Connor, lead author of the UN’s World Water Development Report told Thomson Reuters Foundation.
In just 15 years, the planet faces a 40% shortfall in water supplies with urbanization, population growth and rising competition for water resources for food production, energy and industry compete for water resources.
Better management and investment are needed to stem the crisis. For developing countries, investing $15-30 billion in improved water resources management in developing countries could have an annual income return of $60 billion, the report suggests. One reason: People with access to clean water are healthier, and enjoy better education and employment prospects.
Ahead of World Water Day, this Sunday March 22, the Thomson Reuters Foundation showcases this story along with other recent articles—featuring water woes in Kenya, Brazil, Pakistan, and more.