As part of McMaster Water Week, the UNU Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) will co-organise a lecture on “Unconventional Water Resources”, presented by Manzoor Qadir, UNU-INWEH Assistant Director. This session will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by water experts from UNU-INWEH and McMaster University.
While water-related sustainable development calls for access to safe water and sanitation for all by 2030, more than two-thirds of the global population is expected to face water scarcity by the same year. The commonly used conventional water resources, such as rainwater and river runoff, will not be sufficient to meet the growing demand for water in water-scarce areas.
The limitation of conventional water resources calls for a paradigm shift to include “unconventional water resources” — generated as a by-product of specialised processes such as desalination — in current and future water management strategies. This session will address different aspects of unconventional water resources, from wastewater to agricultural drainage water.
For more information on the joint session, or to register, see the event announcement on the UNU-INWEH website.