Published: 24 January 2017

Will you help tackle the global water shortage?

Water, food, shelter - the three essential things all humans need. In the Western world, water is everywhere – it flows from kitchen taps, showers and fills up supermarket shelves in rows of glistening bottles. It’s so ubiquitous that we forget its value.

Imagine you live somewhere where water is scarce. This is a daily reality for millions of people across the world.

And it will only get worse as the world runs out of clean water.

1 in 9 people in the world currently lack access to clean water – equal to the population of Europe and Turkey combined - with half of those in hospital around the world suffering from a disease related to unclean water

And the problem is getting worse, with the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) predicting that by 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living with water scarcity, and two-thirds of the world's population will live in water-stressed areas.

The University of Surrey is tackling this critical challenge with research into safe drinking water for billions of people across the world.

The University’s award-winning research has led to a low-energy desalination process to convert seawater into drinking water, increasing water availability in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Currently used in Gibraltar and Oman, this breakthrough has the potential to make clean water accessible and affordable to millions of people.

Professor Adel Sharif, Professor of Water Engineering and Process Innovation at Surrey said: ‘Desalination seems like the ultimate solution to the scarcity of water. If you can find a cheap way of producing drinking water from the sea… well… that’s a significant contribution to society’.

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