Blue Gold: The World’s Most Imbalanced Resource For a very long time, we in the Western World especially the United States and Europe, have always thought of a water crisis only being an issue for poor countries. Nevertheless, a combination of growing inequality, climate change, and the mismanagement of water sources in Western Society has brought this water crisis home. The so called “solution” of privatization of our world’s most precious resource has increased the price and availability of fresh water in all places. Those who have the ability to pay will have access to water, and those who do not will have to live without. The prejudice and discrimination against those who cannot afford good quality water, is already occurring in many…show more content… Water scarcity is quite possibly the most important issue that exists, seeing as it is the one essential resource for humans and all other life. The concept of water scarcity needs to be understood by everyone. It is reported that currently about 1.2 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water, and this figure will increase to 2.7 to 3.5 billion people by 2025 if steps are not taken to lessen the water crisis (Zakar 1). Although the damage inflicted by climate change is global, the poor and less developed countries are the worst victims. Developing countries lack the resources and institutional capacity needed to treat contaminated water. As a result the health and economic inequalities both in and between countries are widening.
To the everyday individual, water plays an important role in ensuring positive social and human health development. Access to water helps prevent exposure to life-threatening diseases and improves public health. Almost one-fifth of the world’s population currently lives in areas under water stress and that ratio is expected to grow to almost one quarter of the world’s population. Here in the United States growing poverty has created an underclass that cannot pay rising water rates. A report done by Circle of Blue found that water rates in 30 major US cities are rising as much as 41 percent since 2010 (Barlow 1). Subsequently, the number of water cutoffs are increasing across the country. This inequality of