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The monthly bulletin of LEAP (European Laboratory of Political Anticipation) - 15 Feb 2021

WaterTech2040: The challenge (and risks) of bringing water to all

Many of us have grown up in countries where access to water is taken for granted; where a constant and secure supply of clean water has become the norm. Safe drinking wFater is freely available ‘on tap’ whenever and wherever we need it, while huge amounts are being wasted – flushed or poured away with little thought! But things are changing: as our industrial and agricultural demand has grown, water stress,[1] water poverty,[2] water shortages[3] and even theft[4] are becoming more widespread. While new technologies offer some new avenues of hope; continents, nations and individuals will have to radically re-assess their financial relationship with this resource as it becomes increasingly commoditised and potentially a currency in its own right.

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