Nestle chairman warns that water presents us with a global crisis
Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, chairman of Nestle, says there is little recognition in society of just how important water is for our social and economic livelihood and how vulnerable we are from overuse.
Interestingly he also pointed out that new technologies across sectors is leading to increasing water usage.
Brabeck-Letmathe said that not only has water been primarily responsible for people living longer but also for extraordinary GDP growth.
In the past, with a population of 2.5bn, we did not even have to think about water but now we are using it unsustainably.
He says: "In 2005 we were for the first time using water unsustainably and for the first time today we are using non sustainable water. We are now taking it away from the environment," which is leading to natural disasters.
Brabeck-Letmathe said that in the future we will not have the water to produce the energy we need, nor to produce the food for an increasing population.
He says research of 154 water basins does show there are solutions to balance sustainable water use with economic growth and 240 different levers of change have been identified.
"There are sufficient possibilities to bring water usage to balance," he says, "but it needs political decisions and a better understanding of the water supply.
"It is clear that if we are not tackling this issue, which is not the next 100 years. This problem is of today. We are already using too much water ."