Response to Blog Prompt Water Scarcity

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There are water issues all across the world that are getting worse each and every day. If there isn’t a solution to the lack of drinking water, then the world is in danger of surviving. In my opinion, I think part of the answer lies in technology. We can perfect desalinization plants to be more efficient and less costly so we can turn the ocean’s water into usable water for countries throughout the world. This process can be costly though, which is why it isn’t a great option. I think education will also play a role. People throughout the world need to be educated on how scarce of a resource water truly is. Rachel Carson wrote a book about the springs drying up in Florida. People aren’t aware that this is happening. I think once people become more aware and knowledgeable about the situation we are facing, they will stop taking water for granted. 

I think the approach for tackling water scarcity is different for underdeveloped countries verses developed countries because the problem with water is different in each. The issue with water in underdeveloped countries is that there isn’t enough clean water for them to use, where as in developed countries there’s more clean water available, however, people take advantage of this and often waste water causing there to be shortages. If policy, such as the Clean Water Act, was used in developing countries to make a standard for the water people drink I feel it will only be beneficial for the country and the world. 

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  1. Finding a solution to the water problem will certainly become an important issue in the next couple years. I would agree that technology will play an important part, and while i agree more money needs to be invested in new technologies to make them more efficient, in terms of current application i think the best thing we can do is increase the price of water. by increasing the cost of water we can address one of the major issues you bring up which is that developed countries often take easily available clean water for granted. I would also agree that increasing education on these issues could help to improve the issue over time and im sure education on this issue will become necessary in the near future.

  2. I agree with you that the future of our water depends on the advancements made in technology that allows for drinking water to be manufactured through the desalinization of saltwater. However, if this can be efficiently and effectively completed, what is stopping us from continuing our wasteful ways regarding the consumption of water due to a rise in the amount that is available to us. In my opinion, natural systems that support the aquatic species should not be tapped for human consumption or any other sustainable process. The alteration of river flow patters can significantly result in the degradation of the species that it is inhabited by, as well as the ecosystems and animals that depend on the resources it provides downstream. I think that reclaimed water should be more widely used in processes that do not require the water to be as pure as in human consumption; such as the flushing of toilets, watering the yard, etc.
    I also agree with you that the securing of water in developed and developing countries should be approached in different ways. Developing countries generally don’t further contribute to the degradation of water quality through consumption. They often cause significant problems to the water quality and quantity through a lack of knowledge in agricultural methods. Therefore, developing countries should be focused on the development of plumbing methods that will allow for the future water to be protected from the pollutants in the environment after a source is discovered. Developed countries, however, should be focused on sustaining the way that they over consume and pollute water resources that have become perceived as infinite.

  3. I agree with you that people do not realize how scarce our freshwater supply is think that a big issue, but also that water scarcity is a different issue in different places. Especially in the developed countries, people waste water without thinking because it has never been an issue for them. Neither the government nor the media emphasize that our water supply is quickly running out. Even though it is replenishable, recharge of an aquifer usually requires at least fifteen years, much faster than the rate at which we are taking it out. To remedy this I think we need to raise the cost of water, so that people are affected by their water use and subsequently reduce their usage.

    Developing countries should be educated about water quality in order to help conserve their local water supply. Often people do not know the impacts of their agricultural runoff or know where their sewage drains to. When people know what causes the problems their local water supply and when they are given the resources to remedy these effects can water issues begin to be solved in developing countries.

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