Why is water conservation rapidly becoming a hot topic across the country (and the world)? Take a look at these statistics and let the true scope of global water scarcity soak in . . .
- According to 2014 Government Accountability Report, 40 out of 50 state water managers in the U.S. expect to experience water shortfalls in their state over the next 10 years.
- The U.N. estimates that 30% of the of world’s population in over 50 nations will experience the effects of water shortages by 2025.
- Over the last 40 years the world’s population has doubled, and its water use has quadrupled during that same time period.
- Taking into account population growth and shifting demographics, the worlds water needs will exceed supply by 40% by the year 2040.
- 844 million people in the world (1 in 10) don’t have access to clean water
- S. intelligence agencies, the World Bank, and leading scientists agree that world water scarcity, compounded with climate change, pose one of the most serious threats to world security over the coming century.
- The water footprint of the average American (including large scale agricultural and industrial uses) adds up to nearly 1,400 gallons per day!
Sure, but what does all of this have to do with me, you say? What can I do to help solve the problem? The answer is: plenty. While the issue of water scarcity and shortages is a world-wide problem and certainly needs to be tackled on a global scale, embracing water conservation cab start at home by taking simple steps, and by advocating for smarter water use in our local communities. Read on to learn more about water conservation, and about simple water conservation strategies that you can employ to help make a difference!