I believe water recycling technology is a promising movement that will significantly impact the lives of millions of individuals worldwide. This game-changing technology will benefit approximately 780 million individuals worldwide in underdeveloped and developing countries who don’t have access to clean water, as cited by the CDC. Water is the most basic necessity of our lives, yet clean water is scarce in some countries which happen to also be densely populated, such as India. According to the World Resources Institute, countries in Sub Saharan Africa, India, Pakistan and other middle eastern countries do not have clean water at their disposal, which they so greatly need. It is very painful to see that although digital technology has spread throughout the world at a rapid rate, technology to provide all of humanity with clean water is lagging and not as accessible.
Hence, to solve this global challenge, in my opinion, water recycling technology is a great innovation. In 2015, Bill Gates brought to attention Janicki Omniprocessor, a water treatment plant that uses feces and processes it to produce clean drinking water. This would not only solve the worldwide water crisis but also solve the problem of poor sanitation as a result. In addition to Janicki Omniprocessor, there are many other ways that water is being recycled and transformed to clean drinking water.
Certainly, various water recycling technology efforts are facing many challenges meeting EPA standards and other regulations and laws set in place by participating countries that ensure the safety of the people. But even still, I surely believe that this technology is currently helping and has the potential to continue benefiting millions of people.
This technology would improve the lives of millions of people and would be a significant achievement towards sustainable solutions for human needs. The struggle for millions of people across Asia, Africa, and the Middle East of finding water would finally come to an end.
I, myself, have witnessed residents in the rural villages of India struggling to access water. It is not unusual for families to have to walk at least 7 miles daily to get just two buckets of water. Even some urban areas have a limited supply of water. So, with this technology, millions of peoples struggle to access water for living and sanitation needs could come to an end. If water recycling technology can be successfully implemented, it will make a difference in people lives now and for other generations to come.
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