It’s 2040 and water scarcity has been reduced, drinking water supplies are stable, harvests are plentiful and rivers are healthier with more biodiversity. The water industry is blossoming.
1. Joined-up resource management
The water sector has adopted a systems-based approach to water management. Now resources, requirements, assets and risks are managed holistically.
2. Digital transformation
Water utilities have been reaping the benefits of digital transformation for nearly two decades. This has contributed to an increasingly healthy aquatic environment.
3. Net-zero carbon
The efficiency, innovation and reputational benefits achieved by the UK hitting net-zero carbon in 2030 inspired water providers in other mature economies to follow suit – by 2040 net-zero is the norm.
4. Circular economy
Water providers have embraced the circular economy. Much less waste is sent to landfill. Instead, the water sector now produces commodities that are valuable to other industries.
5. New contaminants
By 2040, wastewater treatment is regarded as the frontline in tackling the harm caused by contaminants to the environment, food chains and public health.