Half the world’s population facing chronic water shortages

2006 map of water scarcity
Water scarcity is spreading into wealthier nations

Israel’s Ben Gurion University, this week released a report showing that half the world’s population will face chronic water shortages in the next two decades.

The report indicates that one billion people already deal with water shortages on a daily basis. Evidence of this trend was confirmed in independent reports this week from cities as diverse as London and Miami. Thames Water this week announced a plan to create water from treated sewage to meet the demand of an increasing population from a water supply already at its natural limit. Water shortages in Florida, Syria, Israel, Kenya and Spain are also the subject of news stories in the last week.

In many cases, cities are dependent on groundwater from aquifers that no longer meet demand.





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