Water Pollution: The Global Effects Of Water Scarcity

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When you’re wanting to shower, wash clothes, run through the sprinklers on a hot summer day, or you’re thirsty and need something to drink, water is used. Most people probably don 't think twice about using water for these activities, not to mention the amount used, because with the twist of a knob they have all the water they can ever need. However this is not the norm everywhere. Several regions around the world are facing the issue of water scarcity. When there is a lack in availability, quality and sanitation of water or the amount of water does not meet the demand, the region is considered water scarce. Water scarcity creates inconveniences and suffering to the people living in the region. For these reasons, people are collaborating to …show more content…
The burning of fossil fuels pollutes the air, increasing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide changing both regional and global climates overtime. Depending on the region, water scarcity induced by climate change can range from little or no affect all the way to extreme. It is said "climate change will affect global water resources at varying levels" (Kumar 39). Since no two regions are the same, climate change affects each one differently whether it 's a change in wind patterns, temperature or precipitation. Increase temperatures in the atmosphere alters the hydrogenate cool cycle, affecting the amount, timing, form and intensity of precipitation. These global climate changes result in diminishing water supplies and droughts in some regions, while there receive abundant amounts resulting in runoff, such as untreated sewage, being washed into water supplies degrading the quality and forcing people to find a new …show more content…
Although this true, urban communities and countries have their share of suffrage from water scarcity. As a cities population continues to grow, water supplies become limited do to an increase in pollution and demand for water. This is because “growing cities struggle to build infrastructure that keeps pace with population growth” (Morrison et all 32). The inadequate infrastructure and lack of management capacity are some of the leading causes of water scarcity in urban communities. On the other hand, rural communities often have little to no infrastructure or quality water to manage and by all means, they still need water to survive. Under those conditions, people in the community may walk long distances to access quality water and are often deprived of water for sustaining their lives. For instance, “those in rural communities do not have enough water to fuel their livelihoods or must travel many miles to access clean water, exposing them to harm and hindering their economic productivity” (Morrison et all 32) In other words, the health and safety of people in water scarce communities has been put at risk as a result of water scarcity. For example water scarcity may “lead to a reduction of institutional resources and thereby to a lack in the healthcare system” (“Climate Change”). In my opinion, a community lacking in a healthcare system deprives the people of their health and sense

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