Case study

Addressing Global Water Stress: The Hydro2050 Solution in Agriculture  

As the world’s population grapples with the rising challenges of extreme annual water stress, attention is increasingly focused on solutions that address this crisis sustainably.   

At present, 50% of the global population experiences severe water stress for at least a month annually. The WRI forecasts this figure to increase to 60% by 2050 (Alice Udale-Smith, 2023). Furthermore, by that time, an estimated additional one billion individuals will face extreme water stress, even if the increase in global temperatures is kept between 1.3C and 2.4C by the end of the century (Alice Udale-Smith, 2023).   

In this scenario, Hydro2050 emerges as a beacon of innovation. By introducing a unique water treatment process that cleans, sanitises, and oxygenates water without the use of chemicals, Hydro2050 presents an avenue not just for sustainable farming but also for combating global water stress.  

Water Stress – A Threat to Global Agriculture:  

A recent article from Sky News highlighted that a quarter of the world’s population is now living with extreme annual water stress (Alice Udale-Smith, 2023). (source). Regions most affected often coincide with agricultural hotspots, signalling dire consequences for food security and economic stability. With unpredictable climate patterns and increasing demand for freshwater, it’s evident that revolutionary solutions are the need of the hour.  

The Hydro2050 Difference:  

What sets Hydro2050 apart in this challenging context? Firstly, by cleaning and sanitising water without the use of chemicals, the treatment process ensures highly efficient crop production and that water returned to the ecosystem is free of contaminants that can exacerbate water stress. Additionally, the oxygenation process optimises water quality, ensuring that plants and animals get the purest water, conducive to healthy growth. Most notably, with no adverse ecological footprint, Hydro2050 stands as a prime example of environmental responsibility.    

Revitalising Agriculture with Sustainable Water Management:  

At the heart of Hydro2050’s impact is the promise of sustainable water management for agriculture. By ensuring that water is used efficiently and then returned to the environment in a less harmful state, farms can maintain productivity without straining already depleted water resources. Clean, highly oxygenated sanitised water improves water use efficiency as it lifts yield and productivity whilst requiring less nutrients and chemicals.  

This not only safeguards our current agricultural lands but also ensures that future generations inherit a planet where food production isn’t a game of chance.  

Looking Ahead – A Blueprint for Sustainable Agriculture:  

Beyond its direct applications, Hydro2050 offers a blueprint for the future of farming. In a world where sustainable practices aren’t just preferred but vital, the approach of Hydro2050 presents a roadmap for other industries to follow. By addressing the root causes of water stress head-on, we can ensure that agriculture remains a thriving, sustainable industry for years to come.   

Water stress is undeniably one of the most pressing challenges of our time. As it threatens global food security, the agricultural sector needs to adapt and innovate. There’s hope on the horizon thanks to pioneering technologies like Hydro2050’s advanced water treatment. By bridging the gap between sustainability and productivity, Hydro2050 stands as a testament to what is possible in the quest for a water-secure future.   


Alice Udale-Smith, science producer (2023) One in four living with extreme water stress these are the countries worst affected, Sky News. Available at: (Accessed: 25 August 2023).

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