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The Future of Water

There’s no way to sugar coat it. The future of our water looks grim.  There’s a lot of contributing factors. Population growth that leads to increased contamination, lack of governmental regulation and climate change.

Rising Population Levels and Increased Contamination

The global population is expanding by 80 million people annually and according to the Population Institute, the 2009 World Water Development report revealed that nearly half of the global population will be living in regions of high water stress by 2030. They further explain that the situation is exacerbated by the fact that developing countries, already experiencing water stress, often have the highest population growth rates, bringing more people into a region that already cannot support them. We have a finite commodity, fresh water, with increased demand at unprecedented levels.

The Global population, especially in 3rd world countries, is putting huge demands on our water supply

The Global Population is Putting Huge Demands on our Water Supply

With an increase in population comes an increase in the effect of human intervention on our fresh water supply. The critical areas of contamination that will increase include, but are certainly not limited to, industrial, agricultural and human waste.

The population explosion will also result in more land development, which further destroys our natural resources. Negative effects have already been realized as we develop housing and additional services to accommodate the exploding population, especially when this development occurs on rivers and coastal land.

The Government’s Role

Another problem is regulation, or a lack of it. Remember the old Johnny Carson line “I’m from the government and I’m here to help”? 27 United Nations agencies oversee water and nations often split water matters into several different agencies. For example, one for regulators, one for permits, one for portable water. What a bureaucratic nightmare.

To further muddle the situation are the number of large water corporations negotiating regulatory influence on policies at a global, national and state level.  These are policies that affect billions of people.  The biggest culprits? For-profit utility companies, the bottled water industry, industry trade associations and providers of private water. The sad truth is there is no representation for individuals during these negotiations. Only one side gets heard, and that’s the large for-profit corporations.

On a more local level, remember our nation’s cities and states already allow us to drink contaminated water. Bacteria levels are usually above the recommended level and to add insult to injury, they further poison us by intentionally adding  fluoride and chlorine.

The current state of our water is bad, the future looks even worse. You must take action now to make sure you have clean and healthy water now and in the future.

Climate Change and Our Water’s Future

Changes in our climate are having a negative effect on our water supply. One primary problem is drought. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, from more severe and frequent droughts to unprecedented flooding, many of the most profound and immediate impacts of climate change will relate to water. More than one-third of all counties in the lower 48 states will face higher risks of water shortages by mid-century as a result of global warming. Other impacts will include sea level rise, saltwater intrusion, harm to fisheries and more frequent and intense storm events.

The global population, especially in 3rd world countries, is putting huge demands on our water supply

Another contributing factor is global warming.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states: as temperatures rise, people and animals need more water to maintain their health and thrive. Many important economic activities, like energy at power plant production, raising livestock, and growing food crops, also require water. The amount of water available for these activities may be reduced as Earth warms, and if competition for water resources increases. The greenhouse effect also evaporates an ever increasing amount of our fresh water supply.

So what are you supposed to do? Be prepared. You can’t be confident in your current water supply due to toxins and chemicals and it’s only going to get worse so you must take action now. It’s imperative that you have a source of clean, healthy water for you and your family.