Water Scarcity : Its Impacts, Causes, And Solutions Essay

1552 Words Apr 20th, 2016 7 Pages
Water Scarcity: Its Impacts, Causes, and Solutions
In the nearby city of Flint, Michigan, many people are forced to use bottled water to substitute for their lead-poisoned water. It all began in April 2014, when the government officials of Flint decided to change Flint’s water supply. The water treated by the Detroit Water and Sewage Department was changed to water from the Flint River. It may not seem like a big deal at first, however, all the water from this river was contaminated with lead and the Flint officials failed to apply corrosion treatment to allow for safe drinking water. Much of this contaminated water sources from the aging pipes that supply the water to Flint. It is believed that around 6,000 to 12,000 children have been exposed to the contaminated water.1 With their developing brains, the children of Flint may experience a large amount of serious health problems.
To push this idea even further, citizens of Flint are only facing economic challenges to gain access to clean drinking water, people in this world of 7 billion are facing physical water scarcity. This cannot be fixed simply by rerouting the supply of water from one body of water to another, there is none to start with. The Guardian wrote an article “Four billion people face severe water scarcity, new research finds” which talks about how at least ⅔ of the world has severe water scarcity for at least one month every year.2 Research also displayed that 500 million people live in areas where water…

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