Just How Scarce Is Water?

water-dropYou hear a lot of talk about water scarcity and a dismal future when it comes to fresh, clean, drinkable water. But just how bad is it?

When you think about it in terms of the planet being 70% water it's easy to think that it'll always be in supply. But the reality is really different.

The earth may be 70% water but nowhere near that amount is fresh water that's suitable for drinking. Only 3% of all the water on our planet is actually drinkable water.

And guess what?

2/3 of that 3% is frozen in the world's glaciers.

Yup.. water ain't as plentiful as you'd think.

The World's Current and Future Water Problems

It's estimated that 1.1 billion people don't have ready access to water and that 2.4 billion people people don't have access to clean water.

Rivers are drying up or becoming polluted and wetlands are disappearing at an alarming rate. The ecosystems that keep things in check are becoming stressed.

Water is a serious concern in the future too. By 2025 two-thirds (yup.. 2/3!!!!!) of the population will face water shortages.

There are projected to be approximately 8 billion people on the planet by 2025 (don't forget that's less than a decade away).

2/3 or 8 billion = 5.2 billion

That's 5.2 billion people out of 8 billion without proper access to fresh, clean drinking water.

Those aren't good odds… at all.

What Can Be Done?

The best thing that you can do for yourself is what you're doing right now on You're educating yourself. But don't stop here, learn all you can.

Get some survival skills and start making preparation for food and water shortages.

Second – find out how to build make-shift water filters, purchase a nice big professional water filtration and purification system for your home and pick up a few personal, portable water filters for the unexpected.

Other than that, there's just no escaping nature's course. But who knows where technology might be at that point in the future. Maybe we'll find a way to battle the problem.

We can always hope.

Written by Derick Love

I am a former aspiring financial services worker with a special place in my heart for Solar Energy and renewable energy. I got hit pretty bad during the financial downturn and realized that the banking industry is literally bleeding the world dry.

So I switched my focus to something that gives back to the world rather than just takes from it. Renewable energy, especially solar, is something that will help us live on this planet for a long time to come.

General interests of mine include financial stability, world events, being prepared for the worst, renewable energy and sustainability and more. I'm learning something new everyday!

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