Much discussion over the past ten years more has more than adequately identified the increasing global crisis with regards to water supply.
There have been hundreds, perhaps thousands of papers written by every international and national agency on ways to reduce usage and to increase efficiency in every sector of the global economy, all of which are valuable, but at some point, will not resolve the issue nor help to bring the planets´ populations back from the brink of this growing crisis.
In any crisis of this kind, particularly involving commodities, development of best practices for more efficient use of a commodity helps, recycling is also a very significant contributor to resolving the problem.
But, what is needed more than anything is a means to increase the production or the availability of the commodity itself. In this case water that is either potable from the source or that can be made to be potable easily and cost effectively.
So. it would seem to make sense to look at the idea of " harvesting" Earth´s precipitation as is done in food supply increase calculations and planning or any other commodity whether it is renewable or not.
Fortunately, water is a renewable commodity.
It is renewed on a global basis every nine days or so in the form of rain, snow, hail and dew. Obviously, in some regions of the world there is little to no precipitation while in others at times it is excessive.
This is manageable as we know by looking at the global distribution that occurs in the agricultural, mining and energy sectors, to name a few.
Movement of the raw or finished commodity is easy to arrange and relatively cost efficient to accomplish.
Distances from supply to locations of demand/consumption is not a difficulty given the efficient transport modes that exist today to move products from supply and production sources to demand locations.
The same can be managed with water as we look a bit into the future and plan to meet the crisis most nations are facing now and will likely face in the future.As with all commodity supply, there are regions of the world that are well suited to produce and have the ability to not only meet local demand/need but, can become reliable and effective supply sources for export.
Water is no different as a global commodity from corn, crude oil, iron ore or any other vital global commodity and it is time that governments begin to view water in that manner and take an even more serious approach to water as a potential driver of employment, export revenues and a contributor to GDP.
Some small and innovative projects have been completed to date in various countries. But, these have been done on a scale that is far too small to have much impact on this global issue and not at all of the scope we envision.
It is not a difficult exercise to identify regions of the world that could be viewed as supply sources and those nations should begin to plan to help promote and install programs that will encourage " production" methods and establish enterprises to meet local demand/need and to be able to export the commodity in an efficient and economically viable business format.
We have developed all of the modalities to foster and enable this type of new business enterprise and are available to present this plan to interested private business groups and governmental agencies.
Contacts:Sam D. Timpano, Director TA Global.