Water is vital to all life and plays a major role in the world economy. Water covers 70% of the earth’s surface, but more than 97% is salt water. Of the 2.5% of fresh water, only about a third is accessible for our use— the rest is locked up in polar glaciers and ice caps.
Water scarcity affects more than 40% of the global population. Over 1.7 billion people are currently living in river basins where water use exceeds recharge. 2.6 billion people lack adequate access to water. Compounding the water availability crisis is the fact that about 70% of the water used by humans goes to agriculture alone. In addition to agriculture, drinking water, cleaning, and other human needs, adequate quantities of quality water are also critical to sustaining ecosystems, energy production, transportation, industry, and recreation.
By 2030, based solely on population growth estimates, global demand will exceed currently available water supplies by 40%.
In the United States, water access is an issue that disproportionately affects minority and underserved groups the most. Domestically, more than 2 million people lack running water and basic indoor plumbing.
Using a grassroots approach, Blue Access is working with communities to develop local solutions that expand strategies to address water access issues. By cultivating tools, resources, and innovative approaches, Blue Access will address and remedy water access issues and inequities with solutions that can then be scaled globally.