Water Scarcity And Water Consumption Essay

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Water is the difference between life and death; humans can only go 4 days without water before dying of thirst. Most people think that the Earth has plenty of water to spare, however they are wrong. T. Boone Pickens has studied water scarcity and says, "Water is the new oil". As it becomes harder to obtain, the prices of water will rise. This can be related to peak oil and how oil is only going to become scarcer and harder to find, therefore we are experiencing peak water. Water supplies are rapidly drying up and becoming polluted. Humans take water for advantage and waste it beyond belief. The world’s water consumption doubles every twenty years, this is more than twice as fast as the population growth. If this continues there will be little-to-no usable water within the next 15 years. Water scarcity can be seen as either the lack of enough water or lack of access to safe water. It is hard for most Americans to imagine that clean, safe water is not something that can be taken for granted, but in the developing world, finding a dependable source of safe water is often a timely matter or expensive. This is known as economic scarcity. In other areas, water supplies are physically hard to find and the demand heavily outweighs the supply, this lack of water is a more intense problem. This is known as physical scarcity. Although most people believe there is and always will be an endless supply of water, water scarcity is developing into a growing problem that is often…

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