Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation – focuses on ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. The goal consists of various sub-targets. Those for example include substantially increasing water-use efficiency across all sectors, ensuring sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity, and substantially reducing the number of people suffering from water scarcity by 2030.
There’s a strong connection between the above-mentioned SDG and Aliaxis’ solutions. One such example is a 400-hectare banana farm in Guatemala, where we supplied a low-pressure irrigation system that offers considerable efficiency advantages compared to more traditional solutions.
Installed this year, the system’s low-pressure high-efficiency sprinklers consume less energy by operating at a rate of 20 psi instead of 40 psi or more used in traditional systems. This results in more than 40% of energy savings associated with pumping water through the system. Moreover, our solution saves 80% water vs. traditional gravity-flow irrigation and 20% vs. traditional sprinkler systems. With the system irrigating some 20 million litres of water daily, this translates into annual savings of 30 billion litres compared to traditional gravity-flow irrigation and almost 2 billion litres vs. traditional sprinkler systems.
Beyond its measurable impact on water efficiency, our sustainable irrigation solution shows that our customer cares about the environment and, like Aliaxis, also values and supports the targets set out by the SDGs. With more businesses assuming responsibility for their impact on finite resources like water, implementing solutions to use these resources more sustainably is of the utmost importance and ultimately proves that what’s good for the planet is also good for business.
Water scarcity currently impacts more than 40% of people around the world, and this number is set to rise as temperatures do. With this in mind, mastering water efficiency is critical to protecting water-related ecosystems and reversing this trend.