Dimitra’s Commitment to Advancing SDGs: Clean Water and Sanitation
You may think that water is the most important resource for all life on earth. But it’s clean water that is absolutely essential, and this particular resource is at risk.
Today, 771 million people lack access to clean, sanitary water — about 1 in 10 people all over the world. Because all rely on water for drinking, bathing, farming, and hygiene, water scarcity is considered a top threat to human health.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) developed by the United Nations list clean water as #6 on the priority list. At Dimitra, our work alongside farmers, families, and communities supports this mission toward clean, sustainable water supplies.
Clean Water and Sanitation SDG
6 “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.”
Access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene is essential to a hopeful future. However, it’s estimated that over 85% of the planet’s natural wetlands have been lost over the past 300 years. 3 billion people lack quality monitoring of their local water resources, resulting in the depletion of hygiene and increased scarcity.
An ongoing lack of sanitary water can result in waterborne illnesses and death. It can also result in reduced productivity, barriers to education, and chronic hunger. Moreover, unless leading nations work to deliver SDG #6 by 2030, sustainable development remains in jeopardy — especially in critical industries such as agriculture.
Clean Water Access and Resource Management
Water management and land management coincide strongly when it comes to ensuring more sustainable farm practices.
As noted in SDG section 6.5, the goal is to “implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate by 2030.” Water resource management is critical for farmers globally, from smallholder farms with limited technology to large-scale agriculture enterprises.
The solution? Invest in water sanitation projects and improve clean water infrastructure, primarily in underserved regions around the world. Educate families, employees, and farmers about adequate sanitation protocols for their location, and work with local governments to promote water solutions for consumption and agriculture.
Sanitation and Water Solutions for Farmers
At Dimitra, we’re helping increase water efficiency for farms of all sizes, making agricultural technology more accessible than ever before. Dimitra provides actionable insights that inform farmers: when they need to water crops, where to source clean groundwater, and how to ensure sanitary, sustainable practices in everyday operations.
Equally important, overwatering crops is a common and wasteful reality in farming. With IoT sensors, satellites, and other remote monitoring technologies, farmers gain access to water predictions and watering schedules for every crop.
With powerful farming technology, smallholder farms no longer need to play the archaic guessing game of where or when to water. Through the Dimitra Connected Farmer app, farmers use sensors and data to view intricate reports on soil, moisture levels, fertilizers, and pests. With this live data, farmers know when and exactly where to water their crops. This saves a significant amount of their most precious resource.
Dimitra’s mission to empower and educate farmers on sustainable practices strengthens water-scarce communities. Furthermore, as we expand international cooperation with farms and government partners, we hope to make water quality and availability a reality for all.
To learn more about Dimitra solutions for farmers across the globe, visit www.dimitra.io.