Big Challenges being addressed by this programme – motivation

Water security is a major concern facing humanity; engineers are the primary professionals tackling this issue.

  • Annually, more than 3.4 million people die from water related diseases.1
  • 1 in 9 people world-wide do not have access to safe and clean drinking water.2
  • 1 in 3 people world-wide are affected by water scarcity.3
  • Population growth and climate change will place significant stresses on global water resources.

1 World Health Organization (WHO). (2008). ‘Safer Water, Better Health’.

2 Based on 87% of the global population using improved sources. World Health Organisation UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation. ‘Progress on Sanitation and Drinking Water 2010.’

3 UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (2010) ‘Water Scarcity and Humanitarian Action: Key Emerging Trends and Challenges’.