If the narrative about water scarcity mainly focuses about the impact of shortages on our daily lives and key industries (agriculture, beverages…), a new kind of consumers is also affected and will have to treat and reuse increasing amounts of water: semiconductor companies and, more globally, the data center industry. Silicon wafers undergo multiple steps…
By 2030, water demand could exceed supply by 40% thanks to population growth, urbanization and climate change, plunging half of the world into critical water stress.
There’s consequently an urgent need to bring in new techniques to rein in water usage (notably through smart irrigation in agriculture) and to upgrade an ageing infrastructure to prevent leaks.
Governments around the world are taking notice, with for instance the US government in the early stages of a massive investment plan. These new infrastructure policies are also the opportunity to adopt eco-friendly materials, energy-efficient devices and monitoring tech.