The World’s Water Crisis

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A water crisis is developing across the globe because we are using water at a faster pace than it is being replenished.

Some months ago, I talked about the Flint Water Crisis. As it turns out, it was just the tip of the iceberg, as there were thousands more contaminated water systems in the United States. Also, there is a bigger crisis around the world.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, there is a total of 1,386,000,000 km3 of water on Earth a 71% of the planet is water. Over 96% of that water is saline-based (oceans, seas, and bays) and less than one percent of our water is drinkable. Fresh water is contained in sources like aquifers, rivers, and glaciers (where the water is unavailable).

Water is a vital resource for life. We are 60% water and water is needed for bathing, cooking, to support plant life, and for producing food.

The lack of a reliable water source in countries could lead to a huge geopolitical crisis in years to come. So moving forward, we need to come up with solutions to preserve water and ensure everyone has access to it.

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