Less than one percent of Earth's water is safe to drink. All 7.4 billion people on our planet need this water to survive. By 2025, an estimated 1.8 billion people will live in areas plagued by water scarcity, with two-thirds of the world's population living in water-stressed regions as a result of consumption, growth, and climate change. The future of human civilization quite literally depends upon finding sustainable solutions.
Engineers at Illinois are not only leading the way in providing solutions, but they are also changing the paradigm with which the world approaches the global water crisis. To take on the incredible challenge of finding sustainable solutions for water management, Illinois focuses on a multidisciplinary approach. And we are working on problems throughout the world, from Eastern Africa through the Safe Global Water Institute to Chicago with the UI Labs City Digital Project.
Water has always been a renewable resource, but with our rapidly changing world and constantly growing population, we need to find additional solutions to make water safe and sustainable no matter the location. That's how engineers at Illinois continue doing the impossible.
Learn more about Illinois researchers making an impact on water challenges around the world: