Apart from air, water is the most essential element to life, and providing safe, drinkable water is one of humanity’s most pressing issues.
With the steady rise in population and industrialization, we are currently depleting our fresh water reserves faster than our natural world can replenish them.
While nearly 70 percent of the world is covered by water, only 2.5 percent of it is fresh. The rest is saline and ocean-based. Even then, just 1 percent of our freshwater is easily accessible, with much of it trapped in glaciers and snowfields.
Much like advances in agriculture freed us from rigorous manual labor, the abundance of fresh drinking water will help usher in a new level of freedom and growth for humanity.