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As we discussed throughout our blog series on corporate water efficiency policies, the World Economic Forum’s 2020 Global Risk Report puts water crises among the top five greatest risks society will face over the next 10 years. Climate change has directly contributed to the depletion of the world’s water supply, as well as land areas experiencing abnormally dry conditions – otherwise known as droughts.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, over the last 20 years approximately 20 to 70 percent of areas in the United States experienced drier conditions and drought. The decreased precipitation directly results in serious water shortages. This also extends to other regions of the world, like southern Europe and West Africa, which have had a steady increase in the number and intensity of droughts since the 1950s.
The Center for Climate Change and Energy Solutions (C2ES) suggests that relatively dry places will continue to become drier due to global warming over the course of the foreseeable future.
The same report explains that severe drought can have a significant impact on the following, all of which can hinder your ability to do business:
If your facility is in an area that is susceptible to drought, it’s time to think about how you can prepare and become resilient to the negative impacts. That said, many of the solutions are very similar to incorporating water efficiency plans into your corporate sustainability plan. There are many steps you can take to ensure you are resilient to droughts, start by considering the following:
Also, check out our series on incorporating water efficiency policies for updating or establishing corporate sustainability goals. Read parts one, two, three, four, five and six. The following resources provide even more ideas for making your company more resilient to drought:
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