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11 07 2022
Droughts and water shortages in 2022 |Aquasky

Drought is a prolonged dry period in the natural climate cycle that can occur anywhere in the world. It is a slow-onset disaster characterized by the lack of precipitation, resulting in a water shortage. Drought can have a serious impact on health, agriculture, economies, energy, and the environment. Climate change is contributing to more droughts and water shortages around the world.

A new UN report says drought frequency and duration have increased by nearly a third since 2000. More than 2.3 billion people around the world are currently facing water stress, and they are taking the largest toll on human lives during natural disasters.

 

Drought threatens several European countries, e.g. Portugal, France, Romania, England, and Italy...., water restrictions are in place across much of the country. Northern Italy is facing its worst drought in 70 years. The Po, Italy’s longest river, has been a vital transport hub throughout history helping the north of the country develop into an industrial powerhouse. But “the king of rivers” is now drying up because of periods of severe drought.

Also, drought is affecting other continents around the world.

More than 43% of US states are currently experiencing droughts. The Horn of Africa is experiencing its worst drought in more than 40 years with more than 18 million people facing severe hunger in Ethiopia, Somalia, and parts of Kenya.

The unfavorable forecasts for the coming months may compromise the water supply and will likely keep the competition for this resource high. Integrated water resources management in line with the water acquis is vital in ensuring a sustainable quantity of good quality water for all water users and the environment in a given river basin. While drought mitigation strategies are of the utmost importance now, so is tackling the root cause of the problem: climate change and its disruption of the planet’s water cycle. Further efforts are needed also to preventively adapt to the changing weather patterns by climate-proofing energy supply and applying sustainable solutions in agriculture.

 

To reduce water shortage in cities and urban environments, water conservation, and efficiency are key. Aging infrastructure and deteriorating water delivering systems including pipes and mains cost the US an estimated 2.1 trillion gallons of lost drinkable water each year. Adopting widespread energy-efficient technologies and appliances could significantly reduce water wastage. Other methods worth expanding and considering include water recycling infrastructures and stormwater capture technologies.

 

The most effective solution to droughts in the world is mitigating climate change. Countries need to abandon their dependence on fossil fuels, which currently account for nearly 80% of global carbon emissions. Slowing and ideally reversing global temperature increase will help reduce the frequency and severity of heat waves, bring in more precipitation over regions of drier climates, allowing water levels and soil health to stabilize.

 

Aquasky pressure tanks can be used in irrigation systems and domestic water systems. Before drought and water restrictions, we also can store water in the pressure tank. Our pressure tank is an energy-saving device. It reduces pump startup, and pump consumption.

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