Global water shortages 'could cost €134bn a year'

Closing the projected gap between global water supply and demand could cost $200bn (€134bn) annually under a business as usual scenario, according to a report published by the 2030 Water Resources Group on Monday.

But implementing a mixture of demand- and supply-side measures aimed at increasing supply and reducing the economy's water intensity could significantly lower this cost to affordable levels estimated at €34-40bn, the report's authors say.

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