Top Barriers to Water Reuse

NickOttensNickOttens Community ManagerBarcelona, SpainPosts: 878 admin
edited February 2020 in Key Issues
One in three people don’t have access to clean water. 80% of the world’s population already suffers from serious threats to its water security. Yet, less than 1% of water is reused - why?


  • NickOttensNickOttens Community Manager Barcelona, SpainPosts: 878 admin
    @scraptap, @gdaigger, @R_Beshiri, do you have insight on this question?
  • A lot of people, especially rural people but now increasingly city dwellers, don't have access to centralized municipal infrastructure.

    Are there ways we can overcome the need for centralized systems?
  • EtiEti Posts: 85 XPRIZE
    edited February 2020
    Hello all, as we continue our research, we find that less than 1% of freshwater is reused -- though some prime examples exist: i.e., Israel with 87% water reused, and even potable reuse in Namibia, Singapore, Texas and Orange County in CA.

    If the tech is available, why, in your opinion, are water reuse levels so low?
  • AquaDocAquaDoc Adjunct Professor / Technical Director / Senior Environmental Engineer Posts: 2
    edited May 2020
    @Eti, The reasons are for the most part "cultural" or, from a sustainability perspective, "social". This includes lack of general factual knowledge about water, taking water for granted when there is an abundance and/or not managing it properly for times of scarcity, and public ignorance about municipal infrastructure and technology capabilities and limitations. For example, only a small portion of domestic water uses requires drinking (potable) quality water; however, we treat all domestic water to the same high potable water quality standard and then struggle to maintain that standard within the subsequent storage and distribution systems because of a public perspective that only water treated to a potable quality standard is safe. The lack of trust in technology is another cultural example.
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