Resources and notes
Future widespread water shortage likely in US. http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flash/2019/widespread-water-shortage-likely-in-u-s-caused-by-population-growth-and-climate-change/
- Future widespread water shortage likely in US by 2071
- By 2071 nearly half of the 204 fresh water basins in the United States may not be able to mean monthly water demands.
- [ ] Resources Planning Act (RPA) “last publish date was
- Around 50 years from now many US regions may see water supplies reduced by a third of their current size, while demands continue to increase.
- Will effect US agriculture. Agriculture often accounts for around 75% of the annual consumption of water.
- Reducing water by 2% could prevent shortages in a 3rd of the basins.
- It takes huge amounts of water to grow food. Just think, globally we use 70% of our water sources for agriculture and irrigation, and only 10% on domestic uses.
The Water Project https://thewaterproject.org/
- Water scarcity is a global concern
- [ ] Lake Mead may dry up by 2021
- Hundreds of homeowners who are today illegally drawing water from Colorado River
- [ ] Illegally drawing water
- [ ] low tech fixes
- Water conservation and volume promotion needs to be a joint partnership effort and government agencies
- Outdated damning and gauges results in billions of gallons of lost water.
- Globally, 1 in 9 people still have no access to clean water.
- No wonder it’s estimated that every $1 invested in water and sanitation programs yields up to $12 in economic returns. they are then able to rely on safe water through The Water Project.
- Access to clean water improves
- Education: Lack of clean water has serious effects on students' academic performance and attendance rates. The lack of safe water can cause even the best students to lose momentum as they deal with stomach pains and diarrhea from disease and hunger.
- Hunger: Water is fundamental to relieving hunger in the developing world.
- Health: 1 out of every 5 deaths under the age of 5 worldwide is due to a water-related disease. half of the world's hospital beds are filled with people suffering from a water-related disease, poor health leads to poor productivity in school and work.
- Poverty: Nearly one billion people do not have access to clean, safe water - that's the equivalent of 1 in 8 people on the planet! The good news... This is a solvable Without clean water, the possibility of breaking out of the cycle of poverty is incredibly slim.
The United Nations estimates that Sub-Saharan Africa alone loses 40 billion hours per year collecting water; that's the same as a whole year's worth of labor by France's entire workforce! This is incredibly valuable time. When a water solution is put into place, sustainable agriculture is possible. Children get back to school instead of collecting dirty water all day or being sick from waterborne illnesses. Parents find more time to care for their families, expand minimal farming to sustainable levels, and even run small businesses.
Simply put, water scarcity is either the lack of enough water (quantity) or lack of access to safe water (quality). Clean, safe drinking water is scarce. Today, nearly 1 billion people in the developing world don't have access to it. Yet, we take it for granted, we waste it, and we even pay too much to drink it from little plastic bottles. Water is the foundation of life. And still today, all around the world, far too many people spend their entire day searching for it. The problem of water scarcity is a growing one. As more people put ever-increasing demands on limited supplies, the cost and effort to build or even maintain access to water will increase. And water's importance to political and social stability will only grow with the crisis.
Teachable kids experiments on water.
Articles and Resources to Help You Explore the Water Crisis
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