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Attitudes to water must change

(SWEDEN)

Representatives from 130 countries are in Stockholm this week to talk water scarcity.

The theme of World Water Week in Sweden is Water and waste: Reduce and reuse. Industry leaders are tasked with developing and implementing strategies which improve efficiency and encourage the reuse of water.

“Sustainable and efficient management of our water and wastewater has a profound effect on all aspects of human life; economic growth, sustainable development, sustainable city planning, circular thinking in industry and in production, energy saving, good quality of our water and, last but not least, it is crucial for health and for a sustainable environment,” Sweden’s Minister for Environment, Karolina Skog said.

In his welcome speech Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director, Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), said “drastic changes” are needed, especially to attitudes around the reuse of water.

“I think that it is very important to try and change the mind-set around waste. Rather than presenting us with a problem, we can view waste as an asset,” he added.

To support the progress of water management projects in Europe, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has made it a ‘major component’ of its financing of the circular economy.

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