Lack of drinking water: what we are moving to and how to solve it
In fact, the amount of water in the world is almost constant. However, this did not save humanity from the emergence of a global problem — a lack of clean drinking water. How did it happen?
At first sight, it may seem that the shortage of fresh water is a problem of poor, arid regions. In fact, all continents face an environmental disaster without exception, and the reason, as it is not banal, lies on the surface.
There are problems that we do not understand, but, for example, in Africa people collect wet sand all day, squeezing dirty liquid out of it. They hardly collect two liters of «water» a day!
At the same time, the developed part of the world is inexorably growing, and at the same time, the needs and rates of pollution of natural water sources (rivers, lakes, etc.) are growing.
The first blow is the irrational use of valuable water resources by every inhabitant of the Earth. What we take for granted is actually on the verge of a global crisis and already more than 3,000,000,000 people are directly facing a shortage of fresh water.
The second blow is the pollution of reservoirs as a result of urbanization. This is the dumping of industrial waste into reservoirs, poor sanitation, lack of high-quality treatment facilities.
The third blow is corruption. Untimely reaction, decision-making is not for the benefit of those in need, but solely in the interests of large capital. All this (more often in a complex) only intensifies the crisis and brings the environmental problem closer to the point of no return.
Not the least in this list is the lack of a well-thought-out infrastructure and the absence of specialized institutions.
In poor regions, there are no funds to create an infrastructure that ensures efficient waste management. Also, there are no institutions that could competently advise on issues of rational use, as well as waste management.
What will happen next?
Possible consequences are 100% likely if this problem is not solved now.
- The overall quality of life will decrease. There is a high probability of an increase in epidemics, chronic diseases, viral and bacterial infections. This can also include a decrease in the birth rate and an increase in early death rates.
- A strong blow to agriculture. Currently, three-quarters of the water falls on agriculture. In the future, this sphere may face a serious collapse.
- An industry that consumes a large amount of fresh water will slow down or stop altogether.
- The lack of clean drinking water can cause economic, political and military conflicts.
Already at this stage, WHO studies prove that at least 80% of people in developed countries are ill due to the use of poor-quality drinking water.
Despite the annual increase in this problem, it is possible to solve the deficit issue if we act wisely and thoughtfully. Consistency in addressing the crisis concerns not only senior officials and rulers, but also every individual citizen.
- Reduction of water consumption. One of the main reasons is the frequent and thoughtless use of water. Simply put, we do not notice how we use the water resource in vain, without thinking about the possible consequences. The first step is to prevent leaks, tighten the taps, and not pollute reservoirs. This will save the world’s reserves and contribute to the natural restoration of the natural ecosystem.
- Installation of treatment facilities. The correct answer to the question of how not only to save money, but also to give water a «second life». This includes the collection and treatment of wastewater, agricultural effluents, the development and implementation of water-saving technologies and the use of the resource in a closed cycle.
- Formation of reservoirs with fresh wate The creation of special reservoirs allows not only to preserve, but also to have a reserve in case of unforeseen disasters. Drilling of wells and partial desalination of sea waters have also been used for a long time. All known methods are implemented and regularly optimized.
Thus, everyone is able to influence the situation without exception. It is even easier and more accessible to do this with the VODPROM project – a proven and optimal way to solve this problem.
A change in public consciousness and political will can significantly delay or even permanently stop the global crisis from a shortage of fresh water.