24. Jun 2010 - 22:11Jóna Ann Pétursdóttir
Clean water could well be Iceland's most valuable resource in the future.
A recent survey found that Somalia has the most precarious water supply while Iceland has the most secure, Reuters reports. The survey was made with the purpose of alerting companies to investment risk.
According to the survey climate change and rising world population means that stresses on water supplies will be of greater concern in the future and as a result an increasing number of global companies are looking into ways of reducing water use, including Coca-Cola and Rio Tinto.
In the survey a "water security risk index" of 165 nations found that Iceland had the most secure supplies followed closely by Norway and New Zealand while African and Asian nations had the most precarious supplies. A nation's water supply is judged by factors including access to drinking water, per capita demand and dependence on rivers that first flow through other nations.
Water stress is not only a problem in poor nations as countries such as the United States, Australia, Spain and Belgium all have cause for concern with regard to their water supply according to the survey.