Water Supply Between Industrialized And Developing Nations

1174 WordsDec 17, 20155 Pages
Currently, “only 2.5 to 3 percent of all the natural water sources available on Earth are composed of fresh water” as written by Paul Alois, a researcher and writer for The World Bank. Alois continues, “less than 1 percent is easily accessible for human use” due to most of the natural water sources being unaccessible. As the global population grows, the environment keeps changing, and over usage of water sources continues, freshwater sources are only going to deplete even further. Consequently, “2 billion people lack access to clean water” and more than 80 countries are presently suffering from water scarcity as reported by The World Bank, a nonprofit scientific research organization.” However, it seems as if the population in…show more content…
Robert Glenton, Professor of Law and Public Policy at the Rogers College of Law, states that "the population of the United States has surged from 285 to 322 million" since 2000. According to Glenton, the american population increases by over 180,000 residents annually. Furthermore, Glenton adds that "In 2000, Americans used a staggering 408 billion gallons of water each day.” Utilizing the given statistics, it’s safe to assume that the number of gallons being used by american daily have increased tremendously. Yet, these numbers are dramatically different if compared with less-developed countries. In an article written by Mark Fischetti, an author for The Scientific American, Fischetti demonstrates that “The U.S had the highest per capita water footprint, at 2,842 cubic meters per year.” However, India’s footprint is “only 1,089 cubic meters a year.” Comparing the population of the U.S (322 million) to the population of India (1.252 billion), it’s clear that a more developed nation takes advantage of it’s water resources. As a result of more privileged nations taking their water resources for granted, it has become apparent that less privileged nations experience the most backlash. As a result, the fresh water scarcity has caused the rapidly increasing global population to
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