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It looks bad. Check out this post. Some facts from that post:

Some U.S. Water Shortage Facts/Stats:

  • An epic drought in Georgia threatens the water supply for millions
  • Florida doesn’t have nearly enough water for its expected population boom
  • In the West, the Sierra Nevada snow-pack is melting faster each year
  • The Great Lakes are shrinking
  • Upstate New York’s reservoirs have dropped to record lows
  • The government projects that at least 36 states will face water shortages within five years because of a combination of rising temperatures, drought, population growth, urban sprawl, waste and excess.

Some Global Water Shortage Facts/Stats:

  • Australia is in the midst of a 30-year dry spell
  • Population growth in urban centers of sub-Saharan Africa is straining resources
  • Asia has 60% of the world’s population, but only about 30% of its freshwater (this stat cries — dry tears, no doubt — “investing opportunity!”)

About California and Florida, from the cited Yahoo article:

“Coastal states like Florida and California face a water crisis not only from increased demand, but also from rising temperatures that are causing glaciers to melt and sea levels to rise. Higher temperatures mean more water lost to evaporation. And rising seas could push saltwater into underground sources of freshwater.”

Some General Worldwide Water Facts/Stats:

  • 97% of the world’s water is in the oceans, so only 3% is fresh
  • Of the 3% fresh water, 2/3rds is locked in glaciers and polar ice caps
  • Of the remaining 1%, about 1/2 is located beneath the earth’s surface
  • Rivers and lakes contain only about 1/50th of 1% of the earth’s water
  • Of the 3% fresh water, a significant portion is severely polluted or biologically contaminated
  • On any given day, more than 50% of the world’s human population is ill, with the majority of these cases caused by waterborne contaminants
  • The World Health Organization estimates that 80% of this illness is caused by contaminated drinking water

Price Tag for Upgrading U.S. Water System?

“Experts estimate that just upgrading pipes to handle new supplies could cost…$300 billion over 30 years.”

Bottom-line?

As per a utility director quoted in the article,“NOT GOING TO BE ANY MORE CHEAP WATER.”

Written by Leisureguy

29 October 2007 at 11:18 am

Posted in Daily life, Global warming, Government

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