Ironically, for a planet that over 70% of it’s surface is covered by water, water is becoming quite a commodity. While it may be true that the black gold of 20th century is being phased out, the new liquid gold, it appears, is Blue Gold aka water. According to an article published in USA Today, “More than half of humanity will be living with water shortages, depleted fisheries and polluted coastlines within 50 years because of a worldwide water crisis.”
In attempt to stay ahead of the market the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology has created a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering – Water Resources and Environmental Engineering. This program “involves fields in which Israeli technology achieved a leading place world-wide” the university describes, “The water industry in Israel is one of the most advanced and complex systems in the world.”
The Technion is known for it’s technological excellence and innovation. We have already mentioned one of their professor’s Energy Tower and their green innovation in architecture. We think that it is wonderful this university, which attracts some of the brightest scientifically geared minds in Israel, is focusing on training the next generation of scientists for dealing with this upcoming potential crisis.
We think that, for them, it’s a win-win situation. The Technion is positioning itself in this growing world-market as a leader and innovator. It is crucial that we come up with viable solutions for the growing crisis of useable water becoming less and less available. As we have seen with the energy rush of the 20th century, the people who were able to provide, came out way ahead. Oil Barons, look out! A new type of mogul will be emerging, the Water mogul.