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What's Endangering our Water?

Monday, July 15, 2013

In a recent series of informative articles by SureAqua, the importance of water in the United States economy was pin pointed. The big five water consumers were identified and analyzed according to consumption versus revenue and payroll generated by that particular industry. While you can review all the findings made in the articles, Water and the Economy:How Water Fuels Your World, it is important to note, as we move into the latest series, 'What's Endangering our Water?' That without water and the ability to use it with in certain manufacturing and industrial processes, the United States economy would have more than a $6,784,987,169 p/a hole in the economy, as well as roughly 115,748,369 job losses.

Water is a natural resource that is essential to survival, a substance that plays an integral part in all of our worlds. Unfortunately it is a resource that, like any other, will and is depleting, as human consumption trends continue to sky rocket upwards as our water comes under continued threat of scarcity.

When looking into the issues that our water supplies face today, we found there to be two main factors that all issues faced fall under. These are consumption and weather events.


The United States alone is consuming more water than ever before, as pointed out in Water and the Economy: How Water Fuels Your World, "According to studies conducted by the USGS Water Science School in 2005, the current approximate total water usage by the US is estimated at 410,000,000 Gallons per year."

This is leading to extreme water shortages and water restrictions, with certain areas running out of water entirely, leaving residents without safe, drinking water; if any at all.

It was recently documented on Motherboard, that the overuse of water in agricultural activities is the epitome of the Earth's Water Crisis. It was noted that, "Agriculture sucks up about 70 percent of all water withdrawn from rivers and groundwater sources, according to plant scientist Andrew Thompson. And, of that 70 percent, 60 percent of water used in agriculture is straight-up wasted, mostly through overwatering."

The issue of water shortages is not only crippling the United States. An ex Agricultural Minister of Iran has acknowledged their water shortages is a, "Bigger threat to the country than either Israel or the United States," as reported by The Diplomat.

And so the headlines in the news continue to tell the story of the World Water Crisis: Calling All Young People: The Water Crisis Needs You, Dhankuta reeling under water crisis, Ruidoso, NM, averts water crisis, and so the list goes on.

With the advent of water privatization, the situation has gone as far of news titles like, Water Wars between Klamath River farmers, tribes poised to erupt, as different parties begin to argue and fight over water sources.

Weather Patterns

However, on the other side of the coin, mankind is facing harsher weather conditions than ever before, as the planet is battered with intense rainfall events and scorched with extended droughts.

Just this year alone we have witnessed many cases where an entire city has had its water supply contaminated due to heavy rainfalls. When there is too much rain, the aquifers under the ground, which naturally filter water into sources like rivers and streams, can not handle the increased amount of water. They become saturated and rather than filtering through the aquifer, the water runs off the surface of the land, taking pesticides, fecal matter and other gunk with it. 

Water treatment plants then become inundated with an oversupply of water, as the dams full to well above maximum capacity. As in the case of the Australia Day floods in Brisbane, the dam wall was opened to avoid it over flowing, however all the contaminated water that had run off the surface and into the dam was let through with out being treated, leaving the citizens of Brisbane with no clean drinking water.

The Result

It's a baffling thought, to think that two thirds of the earth's surface is covered in water, yet people are still suffering from water shortages. What this means is that you you are paying more for your water in the form of bills each month, as well as facing strict water restrictions as authorities bid to over come these challenges. In some communities such as India, farmers were committing suicide as shortages became so bad.

However, please be sure to check back next week, as we continue on this explorative inquisition, elaborating on how the above effects you, and next tackling the topic of how the water crisis is being approached in an effort to resolve the situation. Join the conversation by 'LIKING' SureAqua on Facebook.

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