Last updated August 31, 2017

An initiative launched by the World Bank illustrates the correlation between municipalities selling water to the fracking industry and the efficiency of energy production.

The goal of the initiative, referred to as Thirsty Energy, is to better link the water and energy industries on a global scale.

Why the Need

In 2013 water shortages were to blame for numerous slow-downs or complete shut-downs in energy production.

For example, the U.S. reported decreased production in power plants due to low water flows or high water temperatures.

2013 water shortages map

France had to stop energy production at nuclear power plants because water shortage created high water temperatures, affecting the cooling process.

India blamed water shortage when a thermal power plant was shut down and hydropower generation was threatened in numerous countries, including China and Brazil.

It’s no secret that power production and water are directly linked. However, the entities controlling these utilities are often separate, creating a challenge for collaboration.

The world’s increasing population is only going to make the challenge increase. The International Energy Agency predicts that by 2035 energy consumption will increase by 35 percent.

However, the correlating water consumption increase will be 85 percent.


The World Bank asserts that water constraints will continue to increase the risks and costs of energy projects. World Bank Vice President Rachel Kyte said, “The water energy interrelationship is critical to build resilient as well as efficient, clean energy systems."

To help the problem, “Thirsty Energy" aims to implement tools and management infrastructures that will help municipalities and other government agencies coordinate decision-making between water utilities and power projects.

“Thirsty Energy" is important, according to the World Bank, because not integrating the water and energy industries is “socio-economically unsustainable."

Flowpoint understands the correlation between availability to water and energy production.

The next big bet in fracking: water

While global initiatives seek to address the problem on a large-scale, Flowpoint provides solutions on a local level.

We know reliable and secure access to bulk water or disposal wells is integral to energy production.

Contact us to find out how our solutions can benefit your project.

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