What Does Water mean to You? Value It
Dhaka 23 March 2021:
Climate change is impacting our relationship with water, from changing the water systems we rely on for energy and power to exacerbating the already present water crisis, with more than 1.1 billion people lacking access to potable water. It is estimated that by 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in water-stressed conditions. Climate change poses an expanding and ever-present threat to our environment, our health, and our economy; it exacerbates inequality and devours scarce resources—including the water we drink.
Today, we celebrate World Water Day 2021, and the theme of this global campaign, is ‘what does water mean to you?’ At the Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO), water is more than just our work—it is key to an energy strategy that will lead our nation to a fully decarbonized grid and economy. The improvement of water power technologies offers benefits like grid reliability, through more firm power sources like hydro and predictable sources like tidal, and provide economic opportunities by unlocking power constraints in multiple markets.
At WPTO, we recognize that water—specifically water power technologies—presents opportunities. Opportunities to create jobs, to improve the resilience of coastal communities, to confront environmental injustice, and to develop the technologies necessary to help us adapt and achieve a 100% clean energy economy. There is an opportunity to reimagine the way we use and deliver water power, including creating more resilient infrastructure, producing clean water, unlocking the full potential of our ocean resources, and better aligning technology development with the needs of end users and communities.
Through a host of programs, prizes, and partnerships, WPTO is working to harness American ingenuity toadvance marine energy as well as next generation hydropower and pumped storage systems for a clean, flexible, reliable grid and to unlock opportunities to decarbonize other parts of the economy.
Examples of recent successes and initiatives include:
As we reflect on what water means to us today, we are inspired by the successes we’ve seen so far and the endless possibilities ahead of us. From encouraging innovation in water power technologies, to helping to provide low-cost, emission-free, drought-resistant drinking water to communities, WPTO is rethinking water power and how it can serve as a conduit to both economic and community resilience.
Learn more about WPTO’s work to protect, preserve, and understand our precious water resources.