Thirsty For Answers; A Look At Water Shortages


Kayla Woods, Writer

Over the years, as human population continues to grow, the more the world lacks in water supply. As shown in graphs, the water usage is at a pretty high rate, which means the more the population keeps growing, the less water supply the world will have as a resource. As proven facts, the water throughout the world is very unclean and unsanitary. 663 million people lack access to safe water. A ratio to that would be every 1 out of 10 people. On top of that, 2.4 billion people do not have access to water anywhere around the world. As United Stations stated,

“The planet faces a 40% shortfall in water supplies in 15 years because urbanization, population growth, and increasing demand for water for food production, energy, and industry.”world-water-scarcity-map

This just proves that the more our population continues to dramatically grow, the more people who will not have access to safe, clean water or, even worse, no water at all. A majority of people are or will be living in the city, which means that the more people, the more food and water the world has to provide. We need water in our food in order for us to eat it. Most importantly, people need access to water in order to survive. 70% of the world is nearly made up of water, but yet, a very low percentage at 2.5% of it is clear water. The rest of our water supply is saline or ocean-based. Even then, only 1% of the freshwater is available, while being trapped inside glaciers and snowfields. With a shocking low amount at 0.007% is able to fuel and feed the world’s population at 7 billion and only continuing to grow tremendously over the years.

2.4 billion people, ⅓ of the population, doesn’t even have access to toilets, let alone drinking water. A study showed by the World Economic Forum in 2015 described the societal issues of lack of water around the world. In this study they explained a major issue involving schools. They stated, “Globally ⅓ of all schools lack access to safe water with adequate sanitation. Also, in low and middle-income countries, ⅓ of healthcare facilities lack a safe water source.”

The biggest impact on society is that water crisis is the number one global risked based on impact to society.

Water decreases and shortages around the world is a big factor for a long time, but now it’s getting out of control. The biggest issue we will face is population as a whole. It’s the lack of water access against the population, which is growing and only going to become worse with the lack of access of the decent water we have today. This is a huge problem that is going to keep happening in everyday life. I don’t think this issue can be addressed as we need, which is going to cause major global issues now and in the future.

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