Importance Of Water Scarcity

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Water is mandatory for all life, but remains neglected and taken for granted despite its importance. Our entire world suffers from water scarcity and pollution, but World Water Vision reports that “the crisis is not about having too little water to satisfy our needs . . . [but] [i]t is a crisis of managing water so [poorly] that billions of people—and the environment—suffer.” Fortunately for the future of our earth, awareness of our water problem is increasing, yet access to safe drinking water and sanitation still causes some citizens to turn a blind eye to conservation efforts. Many people do not realize that water pollution and water scarcity is not only apparent in developing countries, but also in our local areas. By educating myself …show more content…
In lakes, certain waste can stimulate excess plant growth and create an imbalance in the ecosystem. This waste can also reduce the amount of oxygen in the water, thus suffocating fish and causing mass amounts of them to die. Even animals that are dependent on lake water, such as deer, are affected. As the deer drink the polluted water, they digest the same toxins and waste that are present in the lake, thus increasing the risk for disease. If these animals are then hunted by humans for meat, the pollution can even spread to our cities as the venison reaches the butcher. Even without the chain reaction of ecosystem damage, contaminated water drastically harms human populations worldwide. According to The Water Project, “nearly 1 billion people in the developing world don’t have access to . . . [c]lean, safe drinking water.” As a result, they are exposed to unsanitary water that sickens its drinkers, causing illnesses that enervate daily activities and lead to a decrease in educational performance. The Water Projects also reports that approximately “80% of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions . . . [and] 1 out of every 5 deaths under the age of 5 worldwide is due to a water-related disease.” In Africa, the lack of water reflects on the agricultural process present in many communities. Without consistent access to necessary amounts of safe water, many Africans are not able …show more content…
According to the city of Fresno, our city suffers from discolored water as a result "of galvanized pipe corrosion and fixture corrosion [that is] occurring on private property." To discuss this issue with the public, the City of Fresno hosted a community meeting on discolored water at Kastner Intermediate School on Tuesday, April 26. Since then, many worries have arisen regarding our murky water. In order to address this issue, the city has implemented a water recharge program that, along with rainfall, aims to replace water pulled out of the ground. Furthermore, the City 's Surface Water Treatment Facility aids in the fight against contaminated water by supplementing the groundwater that is delivered to our community. These efforts are not unrecognized, and “The City of Fresno Water Conservation Program has been actively promoting activities that lower water demand in the community since about 1981 . . . [and] [o]ver the past five years . . . has resulted in a drop in average daily water usage from 329 gallons per person per day down to less than 240 gallons per person per

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