The Water Footprint Network announced a new 1.1 version of their Water Footprint Assessment Tool on 16 July. The upgraded version hosts new functions and has a more flexible navigation which makes it easier to use.

The Water Footprint Assessment Tool is an advanced free online web application for understanding global water problems and devising the best plans to alleviate them.

New functions and flexible navigation
The new version 1.1 is a major improvement over its predecessor. Key new features include:
• a host of new functions, such as Water Pollution Level maps that enable users to see the sustainability of grey water footprints in major river basins around the world;
• better user control and flexibility improve navigation and makes it easier to get the results. For example, users can control which units will be used in the analysis.

dws-wfn-wfat-new-version-pollution-350px-Pollution in river basins in India.

Easy analysis of water footprint
"With global water supplies stretched beyond earth’s limit, interest in averting a looming crisis by fathoming how we use water is at an all-time high", " said Ashok Chapagain, Science Director, Water Footprint Network.

Chapagain continued: "Our new, upgraded Water Footprint Assessment Tool takes us a step closer to global water sustainability and security by equipping everyone, consumers, producers, investors, suppliers and regulators ­ with the most advanced, accurate information available. Now we can all see with greater ease and depth how the water footprints of our food, clothes and other items span the globe and get a clearer picture of what each and every one of us must do to make our footprints more sustainable."

Helping to make right choices
Ruth Mathews, Executive Director, Water Footprint Network: "Improving the way we use our limited water supply has become a matter of extreme urgency. We aim to accelerate this by providing the most effective, advanced tools possible, free of charge, to help consumers make the right choices, companies reduce their water use where it is most wasted and governments to improve water management to ensure that the world’s people and natural ecosystems have the fresh water we all need to thrive". 

The Water Footprint Network is an international, non-profit foundation that promotes and inspires strategic action towards sustainable, efficient and equitable water use worldwide.

The new version is free to use on: www.waterfootprint.org/tool

This news item was originally published on the website of Water Footprint Network (as pdf, download).

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