Shareworthy: Protecting ‘Invisible’ Water
March 22 - December 31
Climate change is causing global temperatures to rise, putting our most visible sources of water at risk. Southeast Asia has been projected as one of the regions to be most affected by climate change.
Closer to home, the Philippines faces ongoing water scarcity with its dry season spanning six to eight months and supplies frequently shut down to preserve capacity. This year, utility companies and the government are looking to ensure that Metro Manila averts a similar water crisis that hit the capital three years ago.
As water becomes a scarce resource, the Philippines needs to tackle water shortages quickly and efficiently. Water plays a crucial role, not only in sustaining the lives and livelihoods of almost 110 million people but also in supporting the agriculture sector, which contributes an average of 20 percent to the country’s GDP. Some 80.5 percent of water is also allocated for household consumption.
With this World Water Day’s theme, “Groundwater—Making the invisible visible,” experts have noted that the time is now to actively protect all our water resources, especially groundwater. To sustain the world’s water resources, we need to utilize intelligent technology to ensure effective water management strategies and, in turn, protect and sustainably use groundwater.