History Of Water Supply And Treatment Industry

2042 Words Mar 30th, 2016 9 Pages
Water is one of, if not the most, precious of all natural resources. Without water, life on earth would cease to exist, and as humans, our lives are intricately intertwined with water. Apart from being used for potable purposes, water is also used domestically for washing and cleaning, in agriculture for crop irrigation and in industries as part of the production processes of a variety of materials. In this report, the history of water supply and treatment will be discussed, along with recent technological advances in the sector and the environmental issues that are currently faced by the industry. The future economic status of the water supply and treatment industry will also be analyzed, in conjunction with the available opportunities for the different engineering disciplines, along with the major employers of the water sector. Following the profile of the water industry, I will also discuss my interest in the sector and evaluate potential career opportunities that are available for me after graduation. Since the early foundations of human civilization, people have settled near sites where there was ready access to a source of water supply, such as lakes, rivers and springs. In situations where water was not easily accessible, wells were dug, which was very common for many ancient civilizations, or water transportation structures were built, such as irrigation channels and aqueducts. Yet, with the rise of the industrial revolution in the 18th century and with the dawn of…
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