Have you ever heard the adage, “Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink?” It’s an old saying that is even more true today than it was when it was first written. The world is made up of 70% water; however, even that isn’t sufficient to sustain all of the life on the planet adequately. In fact, more than 2 billion people worldwide don’t have access to the fresh water that they need for drinking and sanitation, and that number is expected to Newsrooms escalate to over 4 billion by the year 2050 unless we take more aggressive action to overcome the drinking water shortage than just sending temporary mobile water purification trailers.
It may shock you to realize that areas of the United States will be short of drinking water by as early as 2025. States like Arizona and California are already feeling the pinch. Much of this shortage can be blamed on the fact that 85% of water in the U.S. is used in agriculture. Most of us have had to go through short periods of time without water due to local problems, but it has never bothered us too much, because we know the outage will soon be remedied. However, some parts of the country have been forced to live with water rationing which means they aren’t being allowed to water their lawns or do other non-essential chores using water.
Even so, what we feel in this country is nothing compared to the way it is in many other parts of the world. It’s estimated that at least 80 countries now have critical shortages of water which creates a threat both to the health of the populace and the economics of the country. Poverty is the single greatest problem when it comes to these disadvantaged countries, because they lack the vital resources necessary to clean up their water supplies and distribute them to the people living there.
Many of the global conflicts between nations, including the one between Israel and Syria, are sparked by political battles over water rights. It is hard to negotiate any type of treaty when the nations involved are fighting over the rights to water in the same river which happens to flow through both countries. There are already more than a dozen nations receiving 75% of their water from rivers that flow through hostile countries upstream.