WATER IS CALLED MANY THINGS, BY MANY PEOPLE AND CULTURES. To some, it is the blood of the planet, or the blood of life; to others it is the most precious resource; to businesses it is an input and a source for discharge. Water tells stories of evolution through drought and floods. Water conducts electricity and stores heat. Water is in constant motion. It washes away and carries toxins and disease. Water is both information and transportation. It connects people in many different ways, whether they know it or not.
If the health of water is related to the overall health of the planet, and to that of each of us as human beings, then it is about time we start understanding the role of water in our lives and how we as businesses and societies can ensure the security of this precious resource.
The role of water in the supply chain:
- --Food can’t be grown without water. Drought and climate change are starting to force changes in agricultural supply around the world.
- --Energy can’t be produced without water. Water is needed in every energy extraction and production process from coal mining to hydraulic fracturing (fracking).
- --Silicon chips that power the consumer electronic industry and digital services can’t be produced without water.
- --Precious metals that support the world’s manufacturing base, from industrial equipment to airplanes to rockets and spacecraft can’t be mined without water.
- --Soft drinks like Coca-cola and Pepsi can’t be produced without water.
- --Lifestyle activities like golf and cruises cannot be pursued without water.
- --Modern cities would not exist without water and wastewater management.
- --Cooling buildings and running nuclear plants is impossible without water.
And the list goes on... Water is everything.
Every time water is used, whether in manufacturing or mining processes, transporting or disposing of waste, transporting ships and barges, irrigating for crops, or extracting oil and gas...
The complete article is available in the Spring 2013 Digital Edition of LBx Journal.