A Short Note On The Global Water Crisis

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The Global Water Crisis As Americans, we have never really suffered through a water crisis. If we want to take a shower, we just take one. If we need to do dishes or laundry, we just run our washers. We can’t fathom what much of the world goes through when it comes to water issues. For the most part, we’ve always had water and never had to work too hard to get access. This precious, yet finite resource has been used and abused in our country, while much of the world struggles. To make matters worse, we have been one of the top contributors to the global water crisis. Water scarcity is a global concern, which means there’s a problem in our own backyard. We can reduce our impact on the global water crisis by committing to strict integrated…show more content…
According to The Columbus Dispatch, removing these threats costs the cities tens of millions of dollars, which ends up in our water bills. Within the United States, there are numerous concerns regarding water. The Colorado River, one of the most powerful in the U.S., is starting to dry up due to homeowners who are illegally pumping its contents. Lake Mead in Arizona, currently supplying water to over 22 million people, might become obsolete by 2021. We haven’t had to deal with scarcity, like in places such as Africa, but it seems that we are causing problems that are difficult to undo through our sheer wastefulness. Where do we even begin with the global water issues? According to The Water Project, 1 in 9 people do not have access to clean water and 1 in 3 don’t have adequate sanitation. Only 67 percent of the world’s population has access to sanitation. The world’s 276 transboundary river basins cause conflicts over access to clean water. Freshwater holds more than 10 percent of all life on the planet, 35 percent of all vertebrates and supports all terrestrial biodiversity. From 1970 – 2000, populations of freshwater species declined by 55 percent. This has the ability to devastate ecosystems, especially those which supply clean water. Another major issue is drought. More than 2 billion people have been

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