It’s World Water Day!

March 22 is World Water Day.  The United Nations designated this day to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

The science journal Nature shares some sobering global data:

  • Four billion people currently experience water scarcity at least one month of the year
  • By 2040, two billion people will face an ongoing groundwater crisis (more water being withdrawn than is refilling aquifers)

This situation isn’t limited to the developing world.  In the Western U.S., ranchers, farmers and environmentalists face an annual crisis where there isn’t enough water to both irrigate the land and support wildlife.

Agilent technologies and solutions are used to ensure the safety of the world’s drinking water.  Agilent has developed protocols for assessing environmental volatiles in water, detecting trace organic compounds in wastewater, and determining microscopic concentrations of elements in water samples.

Agilent has published several infographics related to water and sanitation:

Agilent works with environmental researchers around the world to solve water issues and test water reuse schemes, to provide safe and sustainable water sources for everyone.

  • The University of Tuebingen is using Agilent to reveal contamination that would otherwise go undetected by standard analytical techniques (view a four-minute video here)
  • The University of Arizona is working to ensure that water treatment processes do not have adverse health affects (view a four-minute video here)
  • Aalborg University is using Agilent to analyze microplastics in water and the environment (view a four-minute video here)


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