Water is becoming a commodity which should not be the case. Our current system of water management and treatment method is not well equipped to manage the growing population and luxurious lifestyle for the minor population. The challenge for educators, policymakers, providers, payers, business, and the government working in sorting out the ISSUE OF WATER is to redesign services, way to educate, water tax system, production and consumption of water-intensive products to address the damn serious issue.
Kindly refer to the previous blogs on water thinking and water thinking stages to understand the complete story in-depth.
In response, the interdisciplinary community of tech, science, and entrepreneurs are creating an abundance of tools and devices to monitor and motivate the global population to consume less, save, reuse the treated water, take the required precautions, and live in harmony with water. But to make a real impact these products and tools must be integrated into the lives of the population and the daily water use in every individual. Water Design thinking can be transformed into an essential tool for simplifying certain and significant problems related to water. The main point is using this AWARENESS TOOL is to every individual to help in their water which can help him to contribute and create value for the existing ecosystem in the most incredible way.
An individual commitment to water thinking is one of the most intriguing, highly variable and complex dynamics to the overall water ecosystem and human wellbeing. There is ample opportunity for us to create awareness about water thinking using digital tools which can bring the needed transformation.
Various solutions and technologies have been developed over the years, ranging from treatment plants, management strategies, and educational programs. All these solutions are well noted but none of these solutions have provided an ultimate solution since these requires consistent organization, combinations, and synchronization among different stakeholders at different levels which can be collapsed for million reasons (technical or non-technical).
And it is a fact that “Billions of people do not have safe, accessible water and sanitation”
But it can be changed and It has to change.
To overcome these limitations, techies, educators, and policymakers are already working on the software and applications which set up the reminders and create awareness of water. Water thinking should be a religion and App stores have a wealth of information reminders that allow users to create a daily schedule for their actual healthy use of water. This strategy will target a huge population which is possibly the most extensive water users. But in spite of best technical programs, research articles published in high impact factor, big-scale rallies around the world, we are failing as individuals and as the whole community to sort the water issue.
A small activity or task that I have included in my water thinking-
WHAT I LEARNED BY REDUCING THE ANIMAL, PACKED FOOD CONSUMPTION AND COFFEE?
Both animal and packed food (Beverages, coke, cookies everything which is packed in a fancy wrap is a water-intensive product). At an individual scale, one can reduce the water footprint or in simpler terms, the consumption of water by reducing your dependence on animal and packed products. Refer to this table and you will note that all the animal meat is most intensive in all the food products we have in the market.
So if we have the awareness and knowledge of consuming the product which is resource-efficient. We will be able to contribute largely to reducing the overall water footprint.
Source: Mekonnen and Hoekstra (2010)
The awareness of water is physically disconnected from the complete existing mechanism (education and consumption patterns).
Internet-connected awareness and education programs can induce consistent reminders and stories to reduce the limitations that we are facing in solving the water issues on a gular basis.
The water thinking system has the power to replace traditional education programs. And build a new plan starting from the education system and this generation will always make a decision which will align perfectly in harmony with nature. The program that will teach the kids and develop the system which will work for the overall ecosystem instead of a personal ecosystem will advance significantly in creating preventive actions while reducing the unknown errors in water loss.
While the system of water thinking represents an advancement in the existing water programs and getting the individuals to adhere to their daily water consumption for nature, they are creating zero flaws. For this, support programs need to be developed at every level; schools, small and large communities, policy level for regular communication which makes it a bit challenging but with existing technology and internet, it is possible.
In the plan and practice of water thinking for the global population, it iterates on its scalability of design, observing the challenges faced by the individual because of its compulsive behavior or other multiple reasons which can be studied in detail to promote awareness about human and natural wellbeing.