In the U.S., the future of water supply looks bleak. There are expected to be water shortages in certain areas of the U.S. by as early as 2025 and most areas will be affected by 2050. Despite this, we are relatively fortunate compared to the rest of the world. Not only do third-world countries lack adequate resources to keep the population hydrated, but the water is usually tainted with chemicals or contaminated. However, some developed countries even lack the proper resources and quality that one would expect. There are startling figures from the World Health Organization and Water Project that convey the ugly truth of water scarcity around the world.
Almost a fifth of the World’s population lives in area that lacks enough water for the population. Almost a fourth of people in currently developing don’t have the resources to divert water to the community, resulting in shortages and the need to physically find bodies of water. Most third world countries do not have bodies of water available, making communities physically unable to reach water. One out of every three people in the world doesn’t have adequate access to water resources. This number may increase to two out of five in the near future, due to increases in population and the necessity for water use in industrial and domestic use. Most people in developing countries to counter this problem by storing water in their household, but the water is not properly refrigerated and leads to contamination. This contamination usually leads to mosquito infestation, which are carriers of dengue fever, malaria and other diseases.
We live in a country filled with plenty, and there are those who believe that our water can never run out; however, 20% of the people in the world have no access to clean, safe drinking water. When you hear 20%, do you know how many people are being affected by water shortages? That’s a whopping 1,200 million. The problem is so drastic in some areas that it has become the major cause of death for children under the age of five in some areas of the world, and scientists are saying that within the next few decades this same thing could happen to us unless we initiate measures as soon as possible.
Water-related diseases accounts for a staggering number of deaths and diseases. One out of every four child deaths in the world is due to a water-related disease. This accounts for 1.4 million child deaths a year, due to diarrheal complication such as cholera, typhoid fever and dysentery, and other water-borne infections. At any given time, half of the world’s medical attention is given to patients suffering from water-related diseases. This should not be of any surprise, considering that in developing countries about 80% of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions.
Without drinking water, a human being can survive for approximately one week . Compare that need to the ‘need’ for oil, land or physical wealth – all sources for conflict in the 20th and 21st centuries. There are many in our world that do not possess great amounts of these commodities and, while that does make their lives decidedly more difficult, their lives continue and they manage to cope. Yet if the wealthy were denied water for one week, they would be dead or dying, despite their wealth.[youtube:cGG_b3hFwwM;Click Here For More [Solutions To Water Crisis];http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGG_b3hFwwM&feature=related]
Obviously, we don’t want this to happen to us. Imagine watching your child wither and die of dehydration because they can’t get adequate water to drink, and there’s nothing at all you can do about it. Don’t depend on laws passed by the government to take care of the problem, because that alone can’t begin to conquer the crisis. If we all do our part, together we can make a difference.
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