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World Water Day 2023: India’s Booming packaged water industry & Water Crisis

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World Water Day 2023: Every year on March 22, World Water Day is observed to highlight the importance of water and to inspire efforts to conserve it. The day’s goal is to draw attention to the global water crisis and the importance of managing freshwater resources sustainably.

World Water Day 2023 theme

This year, World Water Day is focused on “accelerating change to solve the water and sanitation crisis”.

“On this World Water Day, UNESCO would like to recall how water, whose cycle is global, is constantly at odds with human boundaries.” It is up to us to draw the necessary conclusions and see it for what it is: a vital and common good of humanity, which must therefore be considered on a human scale,” said UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.

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The Wastewater Problem in India:

India is the world’s 13th most water-stressed country. The majority of India’s population (18% of the global population) lives in water-stressed areas and relies on the monsoon to meet its water demands. The Central Groundwater Board of India reported in the National Compilation on Dynamic Groundwater Resources of India in 2020 that 16 percent of assessment units (blocks/mandals/firkas/taluks) were overexploited, 4 percent were critical, and 15 percent were semi-critical.

 

India’s packaged water industry and Water Crisis:

1. According to a new United Nations report released ahead of World Water Day on March 22, India was the 12th largest consumer of bottled water by value and the 14th largest by volume in 2021. According to the report, the country had the second fastest growth rate in the mineral water segment after South Korea in the three years from 2018 to 2021.

2. During the period, India’s bottled mineral water market grew at a compound annual growth rate of 27%, while South Korea’s grew at a compound annual growth rate of 28%. Mineral water is a popular type of bottled water that is derived from underground reservoirs.

3. By volume, treated water is the most popular bottled water market, accounting for 47% of the total. This is water that has been treated and disinfected prior to consumption. Developing countries, including India, dominate this category. Mineral water is the second most popular, accounting for 33% of the market. The remainder (20%) covers bottled water from other natural sources.

4. According to the report, bottled water consumption is increasing in low- and middle-income countries due to a combination of factors such as unreliable and unsafe clean drinking water supplies, rising urbanisation, and limited water delivery infrastructure in cities.

5. By far the most common type of packaging in the bottled water industry is plastic containers. According to data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), plastic for packaging also dominates the use of plastics in other activities in 2019.

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