Water is certainly in short supply across the world from the driest continent of
– The sacred
– Competition for short water supply from the River Jordan was a major cause of the 1967 war.
– A United Nations report predicts that access to water may be the single biggest cause of conflict and war in
– Half the
– More than half of
– Ninety five percent of the
But are these isolated cases of shortages represent a global shortage?
If we closely analyze the causes of the shortages around the world, we can see they can be categorized in 2 parts.
1. Miss-management of water supply.
A glance at the BBC report sees terms like back-fired scheme, severely
polluted, un-acceptable levels of arsenic, exploiting groundwater at
unsustainable rates or hazards of over pumping, etc. These are all human
causes to the shortage and can be corrected.
2. Distribution problem
Other terms we see in the same BBC reports are access to water as biggest
cause of conflict in
water from the River Jordan was a major cause of the 1967 war.
But with technology and global environmental awareness, things should not be as bad as it seems. We can certainly develop a low-cost and environmental friendly solution to transport fresh water from places that have plenty to where there is a great need.
I read of a company that has developed a uniquely designed potable water transporting system to far away destination for ultra-low energy consumption. It will substantially reduce transportation cost of potable water from the plenty to the needy. The cost is substantially lower than desalination or reverse osmosis technique.
Such system will soon be deployed the
This will not only solve water problem, it will hopefully remove the threat of war over water through fair and equitable distribution of water resource.
Thus, it leads to my conclusion that the water supply shortages is only sporadic, human causes, and containable. There is “NO” global water shortage as such.