The importance of water innovation

South Africa is a water scarce country with only 450 mm average rainfall per year – almost half the global average. This stark reality underscores the importance of establishing a robust innovation ecosystem among local businesses. A recently published National Treasury economic policy paper, ‘Economic transformation, inclusive growth, and competitiveness: Towards an Economic Strategy for South … [Read more…]

Ways technology is changing the future of water

About 780 million people live without access to clean drinking water, and a growing global population coupled with climate change is threatening to grow that. Here’s how technology can help. Did you know approximately 780 million people, or one in nine people in the world, live without access to clean drinking water? About 3.4 million … [Read more…]

New Technologies That Create Clean Water for a Thirsty World

These innovative water tech solutions can solve can all help us achieve a better future for all Water is essential for human life. So much so that the UN considers access to water a fundamental right. Part of the UN Sustainable Development Goals to achieve a better future for all is the call for universal access to clean … [Read more…]

Flowing Forward: Sustainable Water Innovation

Innovation in the WASH sector In 2020, WIPO GREEN released a Global Challenges Brief titled Innovative Technology in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sector. The publication focuses on innovation and technology to improve the water management process throughout its various components, including reserves replenishment, sustainable extraction, transport and distribution, as well as treatment and disposal … [Read more…]

7 New Technologies That Create Clean Water for a Thirsty World

These innovative water tech solutions can solve can all help us achieve a better future for all Water is essential for human life. So much so that the UN considers access to water a fundamental right. Part of the UN Sustainable Development Goals to achieve a better future for all is the call for universal access to clean … [Read more…]

Examples of Innovation in the Water Sector

Across the country there is growing momentum to address traditional and emerging threats to the nation’s water resources through innovative technology. EPA has highlighted the following examples of how innovation is currently being deployed in the water sector, organized by the 10 market opportunities defined by EPA.  Conserving and Recovering Energy  Gresham, OR Achieves Energy Net Zero … [Read more…]

The future of water: How innovations will advance water sustainability and resilience worldwide

As the global population hurtles about 9.7 billion people by 2050, it has never been more important to produce more with less. As the water supply and sanitation (WSS) sector continue to face increasing pressures, especially due to the impacts of climate change, governments in the developing world will need to increase the sector’s resilience … [Read more…]

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

The benefits of having access to an improved drinking water source can only be fully realized when there is also access to improved sanitation and adherence to good hygiene practices. Beyond the immediate, obvious advantages of people being hydrated and healthier, access to water, sanitation and hygiene – known collectively as WASH – has profound … [Read more…]