I’m guilty of this sometimes and I’m sure a lot of others are too.
So much of the world’s population takes access to clean, drinking water for granted. In fact, many do not even think about where the water they drink comes from. When was the last time you were thankful for that glass of water you had? It’s become such a common thing in our day to day lives that we genuinely forget to appreciate it.
For an astonishingly large number of the world’s population, however, there is no such luxury.
The United Nations recently estimated that a billion or more world citizens lack access to fresh water suitable for drinking. And almost three billion people struggle through at least one month of the year without any access to clean water.
I need to repeat this because this is shocking.
Over a billion people lack access to fresh, drinking water. This is upsetting.
Why Has Water Become A Problem?
Seven cities were cited in the UN report as having situations which will cause an even further decline of fresh water, thus leading to severe water crises. This can occur due to many reasons. For many, the local population consumes too much water for supplies to keep up with. Others suffer from pollution which makes the water they do have available unfit for drinking. Droughts, leaking infrastructure, and man-made issues also contribute highly.
When a population is not proactive in saving water, it can contribute to the loss of supply quicker than experts would have previously expected. It is incumbent on everyone to conserve water, even those living in areas with high water tables who have to deal with damp basements. For those who might complain about having to call for wet basement repair, you have to read about the dire situation in these cities and consider yourself lucky.
As I said, I’m guilty of not being grateful for the simpler things in life. I’m sure we can all relate to this. It was really an eye opener for our team when we carried out the research for this post.
Cities On The List
The following seven cities were cited in the report as having precarious situations which could place them in a water crisis during the next ten years, or else are already in crisis and finally running out of their water supply.
1: Sao Paul, Brazil – Contributing Factors: drought, low reservoirs
2: Beijing, China – Contributing Factors: pollution, population too high for water supply
3: Moscow, Russia – Contributing Factors: pollution (extreme case)
4: Cairo, Egypt – Contributing Factors: pollution, depletion of natural resources
5: Mexico City, Mexico – Contributing Factors: leaking, population too high, depletion of natural resources
6: London, England – Contributing Factors: population too high
7: Miami, Florida – Contributing Factors: pollution
What Can Be Done?
Unfortunately, there is not much which can be done to stop the water crises from developing. Several urban areas around the world are already entirely without water. Two prime examples include Cape Town, South Africa, and Flint, Michigan (United States). Being proactive in your own community BEFORE there is a problem, however, can stop a water problem from developing.
The Problem: Visualized
Here’s a great infographic we found which outlines the problem of global water shortages very well. It truly does make us rethink how lucky we are to have direct and easy access to clean, drinking water!
I hope this post made you think twice about how lucky we are to have instant access to water. Others out there aren’t so lucky and we can only hope things get better.
Until next time, I’d like to end this post with this;