SIGNIFICANCE AND SIZE OF GLOBAL WATER MARKET

At USD 280 billion in annual transaction size till the year 2020, the global Water market is the second largest commodity market in the world and is larger than the annual GDP of all but 5 countries. It is larger than the size of the traditionally accepted and historic reserve gold market and is larger than all global raw metal markets except for the international oil market:

Safe drinking water is essential to humans and other lifeforms even though it provides no calories or organic nutrients. Access to safe drinking water has improved over the last decades in almost every part of the world, but approximately one billion people still lack access to safe water and over 2.5 billion lack access to adequate sanitation. However, some observers have estimated that by 2025 more than half of the world population will be facing water-based vulnerability. A report, issued in November 2009, suggests that by 2030, in some developing regions of the world, water demand will exceed supply by 50%.

Water plays an important role in the world economy. Approximately 70% of the freshwater used by humans goes to agriculture. Large quantities of water, ice, and steam are used for cooling and heating, in industry and homes. Water is an excellent solvent for a wide variety of chemical substances; as such it is widely used in industrial processes, and in cooking and washing.

Basis of Watercoin

It is vital for all known forms of life. On Earth, 96.5% of the planet’s crust water is found in seas and oceans, 1.7% in groundwater, 1.7% in glaciers and the ice caps of Antarctica and Greenland, a small fraction in other large water bodies, 0.001% in the air as vapor, clouds (formed of ice and liquid water suspended in air), and precipitation.

Only 2.5% of this water is freshwater, and 98.8% of that water is in ice (excepting ice in clouds) and groundwater. Less than 0.3% of all freshwater is in rivers, lakes, and the atmosphere, and an even smaller amount of the Earth’s freshwater (0.003%) is contained within biological bodies and manufactured products. A greater quantity of water is found in the earth’s interior. (Source Wikipedia)

Water on Earth moves continually through the water cycle of evaporation and transpiration (evapotranspiration), condensation, precipitation, and runoff, usually reaching the sea. Evaporation and transpiration contribute to the precipitation over land. Large amounts of water are also chemically combined or adsorbed in hydrated minerals.

Unlike traditional reserve assets such as gold which have limited true function in terms of driving global economic activity, Water is the single most critical commodity for the continuous functioning global life but also of the global economy.

Water will likely to become a driving force for global business, especially as world populations will grow significantly and clean sweet water reserves will become confined. Wars will be fought just for the ownership of water resources. Multinational corporations have already 20 years ago begun to purchase water sources. The public realizing that while the largest water resources held by corporations or held privately, access to drinking and clean water will be critical and may be restricted over time. This plus the relative size of the global Water market and its significance in the world economy make Water an ideal commodity to support a digitized currency.

Comparison of other Global Commodity Markets versus the Global Bottled Water Market:

Source: Zion Research Analysis 2015

It is vital for all known forms of life. On Earth, 96.5% of the planet’s crust water is found in seas and oceans, 1.7% in groundwater, 1.7% in glaciers and the ice caps of Antarctica and Greenland, a small fraction in other large water bodies, 0.001% in the air as vapor, clouds (formed of ice and liquid water suspended in air), and precipitation.

Only 2.5% of this water is freshwater, and 98.8% of that water is in ice (excepting ice in clouds) and groundwater. Less than 0.3% of all freshwater is in rivers, lakes, and the atmosphere, and an even smaller amount of the Earth’s freshwater (0.003%) is contained within biological bodies and manufactured products. A greater quantity of water is found in the earth’s interior. (Source Wikipedia)

Water on Earth moves continually through the water cycle of evaporation and transpiration (evapotranspiration), condensation, precipitation, and runoff, usually reaching the sea. Evaporation and transpiration contribute to the precipitation over land. Large amounts of water are also chemically combined or adsorbed in hydrated minerals.

Unlike traditional reserve assets such as gold which have limited true function in terms of driving global economic activity, Water is the single most critical commodity for the continuous functioning global life but also of the global economy.

Water will likely to become a driving force for global business, especially as world populations will grow significantly and clean sweet water reserves will become confined. Wars will be fought just for the ownership of water resources. Multinational corporations have already 20 years ago begun to purchase water sources. The public realizing that while the largest water resources held by corporations or held privately, access to drinking and clean water will be critical and may be restricted over time. This plus the relative size of the global Water market and its significance in the world economy make Water an ideal commodity to support a digitized currency.

Comparison of other Global Commodity Markets versus the Global Bottled Water Market:

(Visualcapitalist & Zion Research Analysis):

1. Oil Market USD 1720 B
2. Bottled Water Market USD 280 B
3. Gold Market USD 170 B
4. Iron Market USD 115 B
5. Copper Market USD 91 B
6. Aluminium Market USD 90 B

Only the Global Bottled Water Market set to reach USD 280.00 Billion by 2020. This figure does not include demand of water consummated from the tap nor from any other form of well:

Source: Market Research Store and Zion Research

Global Water Supply (154 basins/regions), billion cubic meters:

Source IFPRI McKinsey Analysis

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