Arjan Boogaard, Middle East Utilities
Ahead of the World Water Day tomorrow, Arjan Boogaards, Senior vice president and president of the MEA region, Ecolab, says that technological solutions are key to tackling growing water challenges in the region.
We are acutely aware that water scarcity is a pressing global issue, especially here in the Middle East. According to the World Bank, the Middle East suffers from the scarcest water resources globally. We believe acting sustainably makes economic sense. There are several challenges facing sustainability in the region and the main one is simply that we are using more water than we should.
According to the UN World Development Report 2017, only an estimated 51% of municipal and industrial wastewater is treated in the MENA region. Understanding that and keeping in mind that the region is already at a high risk due to low water sources, is not enough and there is significant room for improvement.