Why Invest in Water?

EARTH DAY 2021: The increased interest in environmental issues and the scarcity of the commodity are attracting investors toward so-called blue gold

Marco Caprotti 20 April, 2021 | 12:47AM
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Only 1% of all water is actually drinkable, according to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). And yet, we tend to treat water as thought it were an infinite resource, with massive quantities literally being flushed down the pipes every day.

Consider the numbers: according to some research, a typical shower lasting around 10 minutes requires around 100 litres of water and about 5 kilowatts of energy to heat the water to body temperature. If we assume we spend one or two of those 10 minutes using body washing products and shampoo, that leaves eight minutes — or 80 litres — of reusable water wasted. 

This wastefulness gets even worst when considering that vast swathes of the world population are still in need of water. According to 2020 research by Unesco, worldwide 3.6 billion people — nearly half the global population — live in areas that experience water scarcity at least one month each year. That figure could reach 5.7 billion by 2050.

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Marco Caprotti

Marco Caprotti  è Giornalista di Morningstar in Italia.