What water challenges will we face as we have reached the 7 billion people mark today, Monday October 31st, 2011 according to the United Nations? This mark will surely pose new challenges to provide adequate food and clean water for all.
With the world’s population more than doubling over the last half century, basics like food and water are under more strain than ever, say experts, and providing for an additional 2-3 billion people in the next 50 years is a serious worry. Right now:
• Some 1.8 million child deaths each year as a result of diarrhea
• The loss of 443 million school days each year from water-related illness.
• Close to half of all people in developing countries suffering at any given time from a health problem caused by water and sanitation deficits.
• Millions of women spending several hours a day collecting water.
As it stands, globally nearly 1 in 5 people do not have access to safe drinking water. By 2025, 2.8 billion people in 48 countries will be facing water shortages. And water demand is supposed to increase by 85% over the next half century. In the U.S., 36 states are predicting water scarcity over the next ten years.
Perhaps the U.N. feels it’s time for us to take a good look at our situation and start addressing the challenges that lay ahead.