By 2050, “water will be the new oil and carbon will be its currency”...
Water is the most universally needed resource. It is essential for industry, for agriculture and for every living being. The world faces an energy crisis but the energy industry can find alternatives – renewable energy resources. However, when it comes to water ‘there is no alternative.’
Water is essential for our environment, economy and our society. The human body can last weeks without food but only days without water. Water is our most precious natural resource. The UK must invest in new and upgraded water resources to guarantee long term security of supply and to cope with the impact of climate change. Water charges in the UK are generally low compared to most continental countries.
In the water sector, especially for those areas of activity related to investigation, a very high level of education is required and it is required professionals do continuous training, adding the latest technological and regulatory innovations in this line to their knowledge.
Water engineers plan, develop and manage our water resources to meet society’s needs. In the last few years, events in Worcester, Cumbria and Cornwall have highlighted the real threat that flooding poses to the UK’s communities and infrastructure. Engineers specialising in flooding ensure that the UK is prepared and protected for flood events.
Water resource engineers are involved in:
• Monitoring water quality
• Managing water treatment plants to ensure proper water filtration
• Developing new technologies such as desalinization equipment to make salt water drinkable for ocean communities