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What is Water Security?

 , updated on February 20, 2017
Water security is the ability of a community to access quality water for life sustaining and economic uses. The term is associated with sustainability and efforts to reduce water pollution while keeping water usage to sustainable levels. It is also associated with fairness and using water resources in ways that maximize benefits to a community. Water tends to be a source of political conflict. As such, a core goal of water security is to resolve water issues in a peaceful fashion that contributes to the stability of regions.
Water is essential to cities, agriculture, mining, industry and ecosystems. About 70 percent of the Earth's surface is covered in water. However, only 1.2% of the planet's water is fresh water from surface sources.
Overview: Water Security
TypeSustainable Development
DefinitionThe capacity of a population to safeguard equitable access to water for cities, agriculture and economic purposes in a way that is environmentally sustainable, peaceful and resilient.
Associated RisksInequities
Hunger and Malnutrition
Ecological destruction
Water-related disasters such as drought
Water pollution
Related ConceptsEnvironmental Issues
Circular Economy
Rainwater Harvesting
Resilient Cities


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