Water is life! (Part 1) PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 May 2014 14:29

By POCHOLO N.SOLIVEN

 

Water is a finite resource, the scarcity of water bring into perspective by 2025 as many as 3.4 Billion people will face water scarcity according to U.N. Studies.

The Global population rises from 6.8 Billion  in 2010, to nearly 9 Billion by 2050.

Climate Change disrupts familiar weather patterns, reliable supplies of fresh water will become increasingly threatened.

In Australia and Spain, record droughts have led to critical water shortages,

In Africa tensions over water supplies have lead to conflict.

In Central America, the privatization of water has led to suffering and violence.

In the U.S. 36 states out of 52  will face water shortages by 2013 and onwards

McKinsey and Co. forecast that global demand for water will outstrip supply by 40 percent in 2030.

The experts, Hydrologist and Environmentalist have been watching these trends with concern, noting that the growing human  population and warming climate will only intensify the pressure on water supplies.

Fresh water will be the defining resource of the 21stcentury , UN has warned of a “ looming Water Crisis”

Ismail Serageldin, the World Bank’s leading Environmental Expert, put it more bluntly: “ THE WARS OF THE 21ST CENTURY WILL BE FOUGHT OVER WATER”

“WATER IS THE NEW OIL” On nearly every continent, groundwater in aquifers is being drained faster than the natural rate of recharge- National Geographic,April 2010

“WATER IS AN ESSENTIAL RESOURCE FOR WHICH THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE”

- It is essential for survival , water is vital and has been inextricably linked to many other issues ,including health, diet, trade, urbanization, globalization, energy and the state of the eco system.

The challenge is to learn how to manage the earth limited supply more efficiently and sustainably.

What we should do , before its too late?

-Invest in crucial hydro-infrastructure

-Long term integrated multi dimensional approach to water governance

- Conserving existing water supplies through efficient technologies, stringent regulation and broad public education by increasing  the city’s/region reservoir, canals and pipelines.

That’s the BIG Picture:

By 2025,the global demand for domestic and industrial water use is predicted to rise by 2/3’s (Two Thirds).

An increasingly worrisome question is whether there will be sufficient water for food supplies and irrigation, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development ,70 percent of Global Water is devoted to irrigated agriculture.

In Zamboanga City,the issue is not only about  Water Quality ( Pollution), Water Quantity ( Drought and Flood), but on  how we manage our depleting water resources today and for the future, centered on infrastructure and governance.

Water as a shared resources maybe destroyed by individuals or companies concern only with their well being.

Zamboanga City and its water consumers  has a vague idea of the quality and quantity of its fresh water supply and whether there is enough of it to meet is future demands ? Is our  ZCWD equipped with unimpeachable empirical data as to the supply of this finite resource versus the actual demand of the City with the rising urbanization and industrialization of our City, being the trade and commerce hub of the ZAMPEN? A valid question for ZCWD to answer,is with a rising population of more than 900,000 Zamboangueno residents plus more or less 300,000 plus informal settlers in the City, what is the Per Capita of Usage of water? What is the ZCWD   projection in the population increase in 2020? What are plans being undertaken to adequately meet the projection?

These are guided information and questions Zamboanga  City Water District needs to reveal to city residents to understand and support the Joint Venture Agreement with PrimeWater Infrastructure Company.

Based on Kaplan and Norton principle on managing “You can’t manage what you don’t measure.”

Now more than ever, we need to be pro active in redefining how we think of water and how we use it, its the most valuable resource on earth, It is alarming to know that per the revelation of ZCWD, the systems loss or Non Revenue Water is hovering between 45- 55%. A relevant worth asking is with the current system loss, how was the system losses in last four(4) years? What is the peso value of these losses to ZCWD?