Wind Power doesn't Deplete or Pollute our Water Resources
The Case for Wind, in 10 Blade Points
Water scarcity has reached a critical point. In fact, the World Economic Forum declared the global water crises as the biggest threat facing the planet over the next decade. Approximately one in three people worldwide live in water-stressed areas, and nearly one billion people still live without access to safe drinking water. And global populations are continuing to rise.
What does wind power have to do with water? Not much! And that’s a good thing. Building a wind turbine requires little to no water, primarily using water for the daily washing and sanitary needs of a typical workplace. This is far from the case with traditional energy sources today. For instance, coal power requires up to 200 times more water than wind farms for the same amount of electricity (IRENA, 2016). With more wind power, the benefits to water resources are notable: if the US reaches 20 percent wind energy by 2030, this would save 4 trillion gallons of water, more than the annual consumption of 9 million Americans (US DOE, 2015). When making long-term decisions on power for the future, we can’t ignore the impact our energy sources have on water and other precious natural resources.