Global Water Scarcity

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Africa is the country that has the largest number of water-stressed conditions in the world.

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Global Water Scarcity

Global water scarcity is affecting every continent in the world and about 1.6 million people are facing an economic water shortage. This shortage begins when countries cannot provide the necessary infrastructure to extract water from natural sources like rivers. Water usage is continuously growing, but there is no world water security. In this world today, there is enough freshwater for 6 billion people, but the water is distributed unevenly. A lot of freshwater is wasted, polluted or poorly managed.

Hydrologists are the specialists who study the water scarcity by observing water usage and population. The demand for water is often more than what is available. Climate change is another factor that is affecting the global supply of water. It is estimated that, by the year 2025, about 1.8 billion people will suffer from water scarcity. That is two-thirds of the world’s population that will be living under stressed water supply conditions. Africa is the country that has the largest number of water-stressed conditions in the world.

There are millions of people who are helping to address the water scarcity issue at international and local levels. Water scarcity can decrease food security and human settlements, as well. Many nations are addressing climate change by investments and new developments. Water scarcity can affect social and economic sectors that threaten natural resources. Water scarcity has become one of the greatest challenges in the world today.

There are a few solutions to this major water problem and some countries like Azerbaijan have come up with one. This is a country that rests between Europe and Western Asia. In some countries water scarcity leads to a lack of sanitation, and this causes disease and deaths. The management and development of shared river basins between two countries is one helpful solution. Evenly distributing water between the two countries from a shared river basin will help the supply and demand issues. Households, educational facilities and work places all depend on a fresh supply of water to keep running smoothly.

Everyone has a right to clean drinking water and sanitation. This helps everyone to lead decent lives in human dignity. Safe, affordable and sufficient water supply should be available for everyone’s personal and domestic uses. Water should be acknowleded as a human right because it is able to satisfy basic human need. Chemical substances in water pose threats to human health. National standards can ensure safe drinking water.


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