In my research on Vitaloop and our water quality challenges, I encountered the story of Baghdad's water crisis. This story had a big impact on me. This example fuels my dedication to empowering individuals to enhance their water quality. It reminds me of the importance of water and that we never must take it for granted. While we can't single-handedly solve global water issues, our innovative solutions can make a significant difference, one drop at a time. Please go into the link end of this article and see the well presented documentary on the water crisis in Baghdad. 


Water is the life source that has fueled human progress since the beginning of time. But today, the story is different. Take Baghdad, for example. This city, nestled between the mighty Tigris and Euphrates rivers, was once a bustling hub of trade, innovations, knowledge and culture in Mesopotamia. Now, it's struggling with a severe water crisis. It's a stark reminder of Benjamin Franklin's wise words, "When the well is dry, we learn the worth of water."

3D rendering of Mesopotamia

The World's Water Woes:

In places like Norway, where I live, where water is plentiful, it's easy to forget that this precious resource isn't unlimited. But the truth is that water scarcity is a growing problem worldwide. According to a 2023 report by UNESCO, 1 billion people face water scarcity today. And according to UNESCO latest report it indicates by 2050, that number could rise to between 1.7 and 2.2 billion.

Baghdad's Battle:

Baghdad's water woes paint a vivid picture of this global crisis. Once a beacon of knowledge and power, this city grapples with a severe water shortage. The reasons are many, from neighboring upstream countries using the rivers for electricity, to local issues like poor management, oil production, and pollution. The real victims of this crisis are the ordinary people relying on these water sources daily.

Climate Change and Water Shortages:

Climate change is throwing another issue to play. As global temperatures rise, we see more evaporation and extreme weather, leading to floods in some places and droughts in others. This means water scarcity and water quality are problems we can't ignore.

Dry weather

The Vitaloop Vision:

In the face of these enormous challenges, small-scale solutions like Vitaloop, you might think, can't make a difference. But that's not the case. We're committed to doing our part by working with organizations and individuals to tackle water quality issues locally. We believe every effort to improve water quality, no matter how small, can make a real difference in people's lives.

We might not be able to fill up the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, but we can help ensure that the water people drink is safe and clean. By focusing on smaller solutions, we're empowering individuals to take control of their water quality and improve their health and well-being through access to clean water.

Join us and become a Vitalooper:

This article is more than just a story. It's an invitation. At Vitaloop, we're ready and willing to develop new ideas and products to tackle water quality issues. We invite individuals, communities, and organizations to join us in this mission. Together, we can empower people to improve their quality of life through access to clean water.

Please read this well-presented story about the water situation in Iraq. It highlights the urgent need for innovative solutions and initiatives like Vitaloop to improve water quality and ensure access to clean water for all.

 Arild Vikingstad Founder Vitaloop

July 06, 2023