Where did our Water go?

Sara B. Mahima G. Charlotte W. Rosie Y. hour 4

What is this issue? We don't have to worry— its just water, right!?

Wrong! Despite the fact that over 70% of our planet is covered with water, the resource is not necessarily located where it can be economically used, and some of what is accessible is contaminated, in dispute, and not appropriate for the intended use.

Today, nearly 800 million people do not have safe, clean water to drink, and more than 2.5 billion people live without a proper toilet.

The lack of these basic necessities isn't just inconvenient — it’s lethal. Every day, more than 4,000 children die of diseases caused by unsafe drinking water and inadequate sanitation and hygiene.

Its the cold hard truth that needs to be heard around the world.

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So, When did this issue all start?

This Issue was first recognized as a concern since the 2nd half of the 19th century. And yes, the issue has worsen to the point where some 1.2 billion people—almost one fifth of the world—live in areas of physical water scarcity, while another 1.6 billion face what can be called economic water shortage.

The situation is only expected to worsen as population growth, climate change, investment and management shortfalls, and inefficient use of existing resources restrict the amount of water available to people.

It is estimated that by 2025 fully 1.8 billion people will live in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity, with almost half of the world living in conditions of water stress.

The shower project

We are to create a proposal about our concerns on the physical environment as well as the lack of resources.

Throughout our year in AP Human Geography, we have come to learn that more than 800 million people in the world do not have clean drinking water.

Coming from an MDC (more developed country), we feel that in general, Americans have been taking advantage of our readily available water.

During a fifteen minute shower, 30 gallons of water are used.

This can be very problematic as there is a shortage of clean water in the world.

We would like to start a Public Service Project titled: Where Did Our Water Go?

In this project, we would like the government to encourage people to take shorter showers, thus saving thousands of gallons of water daily.

To enact this, we would like you to encourage the city to fine households for exceeding a certain water consumption limit (in respect to family and house sizes).

Ok, but what can I do to stop this? I'm just one person!

One small simple change can can make a huge difference!

People need to recognize that clean water is a scarce resource. Once people start acknowledging this issue and other third world problems as an important priority in our society, then will people actually make change. By helping out less developed countries, we can promote the world globalization, benefiting all of us in the end.

So now you are aware of this underestimated and devalued issue, you can bring change.

By making this small change in our lifestyle will make a big difference in other people's standards of living as well as our future.

How are other Organizations involved with this issue today?

UNICEF Tap Project
The Water Project - What We Do