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Access to clean water is a global issue requiring local solutions such as collaboration between multinational corporations, the energy industry, and local communities and governments. Worldwide, 884 million people (14% of the world’s population) lack access to clean and safe water.1 According to the United Nations (UN), global trends show that 70% of the world’s water sources are used for agriculture and irrigation and 10% on domestic uses.2 A summary of the hydrologic cycle and the demands general industry practices place on the water supply is available in Fig. 1, with an emphasis on surface water.3 According to the UN, in developing countries, 70% of untreated industrial waste is disposed into water, contaminating existing water supplies.4
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