Water Runs Dry - North American Water Crisis

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Water Runs Dry – North American Water Crisis Collectively the United States is ranked as the greatest consumers of water worldwide; a startling fact for a country that cannot support its own unrivaled demands (Barlow, 2007). The United States is now crucially dependent on nonrenewable groundwater for a staggering 50% of its daily water usage (Barlow, 2007). In addition to such formidable numbers, citizens of the United States use and waste up 80-100 gallons or 454 liters of water per day (Perlman, 2009). The United States simply doesn’t possess enough fresh water or renewable sources of water to keep up with its gross demands. Nearly 40% of U.S waters are deemed unsafe for recreational activities such as fishing and even swimming…show more content…
We need to be unified in finding plausible solutions and start treating renewable water for what it is-a finite resource. Our generations always discuss about how the future will never see beautiful national parks and magnificent landscapes, but at this rate they may not ever lay eyes on lakes or rivers as the water runs dry. References BBC. (2009). World Water Crisis. _ BBC_. Retrieved April 21, 2009, http://www.bizjournals.com /losangeles/stories/2009/04/20/daily19.html Los Angeles Business. (2009). California to restart 5,000 projects. Los Angeles Business._ _ Retrieved April 21, 2009, http://www.bizjournals.com/losangeles/stories/2009/04/20/ daily19.html Perlman, H.(2008). Irrigation water use. USGS. Retrieved April 21, 2009, http://ga.water.usgs. gov/edu/wuir.html Perlman, H (2009). Water Q&A: Water use at home. USGS. Retrieved April 21, 2009, http:// ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/wuir.html Science Daily. (1999). Water Over Water Predicted by United Nations Environmental Official. Science Daily. Retrieved April 21, 2009, http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/ 01/990106075344.htm Yi, M. (2009). Water projects to get $260 million of stimulus. San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved April 21, 2009, http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009

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