Fresh Water Shortages

 

 

Meanwhile the oil and gas industry wastes 5 million gallons of water for every fracking well. At the end of 2014, there were over 1 million fracking wells in the US alone.

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http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/08/how-water-shortages-lead-food-crises-conflicts

Water    The Observer

Why fresh water shortages will cause the next great global crisis
Last week drought in São Paulo was so bad, residents tried drilling through basement floors for groundwater. As reservoirs dry up across the world, a billion people have no access to safe drinking water. Rationing and a battle to control supplies will follow

Sunday 8 March 2015 11.05 AEDT Last modified on Monday 9 March 2015 07.12 AEDT

Water is the driving force of all nature, Leonardo da Vinci claimed. Unfortunately for our planet, supplies are now running dry – at an alarming rate. The world’s population continues to soar but that rise in numbers has not been matched by an accompanying increase in supplies of fresh water.

The consequences are proving to be profound. Across the globe, reports reveal huge areas in crisis today as reservoirs and aquifers dry up. More than a…

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5 thoughts on “Fresh Water Shortages

  1. I’ve heard rumors for quite a while now that the powers that be want to treat water like petroleum and charge people to drink. I mean beyond what most of us already pay for water treatment.

    I wonder if this is why they haven’t, at least to our knowledge, started tapping into the larger aquifers under the US and elsewhere?

    This is a subject I am not very informed on.

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    • Unfortunately the powers that be have been tapping into aquifers everywhere for quite some time now. Mexico City has already sunk 29-36 feet owing to its shrinking aquifer. Many local authorities have given water bottling companies like Coke and Pepsi unlimited access to their aquifers. However as ordinary people become more knowledgeable about water shortages, they are fighting back to protect their aquifers, especially in New England and the West Coast.

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    • Most of the Australians I know have installed rainwater tanks owing to recurrent drought conditions. Local authorities in New Zealand seem slower to catch on. In parts of Auckland I’m told it’s illegal to catch and use rainwater – presumably because the city charges for water use.

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