“There is a water crisis today. But the crisis is not about having too little water to satisfy our needs. It is a crisis of managing water so badly that billions of people – and the environment – suffer badly.”
-World Water Vision Report-
H2O, the transparent, odourless and tasteless liquid, forms one of man’s priority needs.
It wasn’t until 2010, that the United Nations general assembly saw the need to define the human right to water and sanitation (HRWS).
And even so, the majority of earth’s population fail to recognize that water, is at a risk of being sufficiently available. Over the past decade, countries all over the world have begun to experience shortages in freshwater supply.
In 2015, Cape Town experienced severe water shortage. In the early months of 2018, the water crisis repeated itself. This time around, the water dashboard was counting don to Day Zero (now moved to 2019).
The shortages alone are not the only problem. Throughout history, water shortages have caused conflict and the deaths of many. In 2004 for instance, 23 people died as a result of the fight for control of a single water well by to Somalian clans: Murusade and the Duduble.
Between 2004 and 2006, 250 people died in the Ethiopian water conflict. In 2010, over a 100 deaths would be recorded as a result of a Pakistani tribal dispute. The list goes on…
Again, these threats continue to rest on the ears. The majority of earth’s population continue to waste freshwater.
One can argue that this unsatisfactory trend might be carried out unknowingly. A state of ignorance, the majority of humans on earth might suffer severe consequences from if care is not taken. What ignorance calls for is exposure_ creating loud awareness that if we cannot save water, the next few decades might become unbearable in terms of water accessibility.
Inculcating simple habits like turning off taps while brushing, using buckets to ration water usage, are priorities to master.
Water as we know it will become the gold of the 21st century if we do not take care. Already investors are buying into the market of this potential valuable.
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