Page 3 The Food Water Energy Nexus The Water Food Energy Nexus - an animation
Page 4 There is no sustainable solution without a water solution Electricity generation accounts for 39% of all U.S. freshwater withdrawals 70% of global freshwater withdrawal used to irrigate 30% of global crop production Global groundwater footprint is currently 3.5 times actual area of aquifers Global crop production must double by 2,050 to feed 9 billion 40% of all U.S. rivers, lakes and coastal waters are too polluted for swimming, fishing or drinking More than 40% of this pollution is agricultural-based
Page 5 A Texas Example Texas consumes more electricity than any other state 86% of power is generated by coal and natural gas 2011 drought stressed power generation The population will double by 2060 to 46 million Demand for water will increase by 27% 80% of Texas is in some form of agriculture The agriculture sector grows 5.3% annually Almost 80% of groundwater withdrawal is for irrigation Pumping of aquifers already exceeds recharge in some areas Texas has ambitious bio-fuel plans
Page 6 Cheers! It takes 17 million barrels of oil to meet Americans demand for bottled water This excludes the cost of transportation, refrigeration and recycling It takes 3 liters of water to make a 1 liter bottle of water
Page 7 There is no Planet B Sustainability matters.
Page 8 We have the technology We have the tools to assess systems use holistically.
Page 9 Public opinion matters Greater transparency of use and cost can be a big driver of change.
Page 10 Policy and adoption Utilities, business and government together are in a powerful position to lead policy reform.