Water neutrality is a self explanatory, though misleading, concept.
It basically refers to encouraging all water users to engage in normal day to day activity whilst using the least water as possible.
This can be done by adopting water conservation measures that limit the use of water without compromising results attained by using water liberally.
It is misleading in that water neutrality can never be achieved, not even theoretically. Unlike carbon emissions, water usage cannot be reduced to nil.
Water neutrality can be achieved by developing and using technology that will minimize the use of water in human activity. It can also be achieved by ensuring that water is recycled whenever possible. A simple example of this is the use of rain water to wash a car, or water indoor plants.
Sporting events are popular worldwide, especially international events such as the FIFA World Cup, Olympic Games, and Commonwealth Games. These sporting events usually require that hosting countries conduct extensive stadia and sporting facility construction and renovation projects, water being a much used resource in these projects. In the wake of water scarcity and environmentally vulnerable areas, it is important that water be utilized in a conscious manner.
When a host country is in the process of awarding construction tenders and public procurement, it should be a requirement that water neutrality endeavors be part of the environmental plan that forms part of each company bid. The proposed water neutrality plans should not only relate to water usage while construction and renovation is ongoing, it should also demonstrate that the structures built are equipped with the necessary technology and engineering techniques that will ensure water usage in such facilities will be sustainable. Thus the vision is to have green sporting facilities which will have a cross over effect from the very first stages of construction to many years after the facility is completed.
Many people support and take pleasure in the entertainment factor that comes with sporting events, further than that, they are good for tourism too.
Host country governments must thus do all that is necessary to ensure that these events edify the communities in which they will be held, environmentally and otherwise.
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