ASU Launches Initiative To Flip Water Conversation From Scarcity To Abundance
When discussing water issues, words like conservation and drought often come to mind. But at the recent White House Water Summit, an ASU professor announced a new initiative to turn water conversations from scarcity to abundance.
“You know we live on a blue planet," Sabo said. "But, less than a tenth of a percent of that blue we see from space is available as freshwater.”
Sabo said that’s plenty, but we need to look at and approach water issues smarter.
“There is a lot of water on the planet," said Sabo. "It’s just a matter of how to make it available. And some of those answers are technological, some of them are education and some of them have to do with management of institutions and making institutions work better.”
Future H20 aims to reduce outdoor water use, give research and advice to large corporate water consumers, develop 1,000 water leaders, create a food-water-energy technology test bed and enhance the use of data for water management.
Sabo said the big challenge will be turning research into action through public and private partnerships.