More than 60 per cent of the world’s population will face a looming crisis on water supply by 2025, if current levels of consumption persist, according to the United Nations.
The issue stems from several factors, including a growing population and more people eating meat. In fact, the problem has begun to manifest whether in a developed or third-world country, said Mike Young, an expert on water policy issues from the University of Adelaide in Australia.
The anticipated shortage may or may not affect commercial and residential irrigation, as water running through blue line poly pipe systems, or other piping equipment does not usually require the kind used for drinking purposes. Still, clean water remains an important aspect of our daily lives.
In cities like Beijing, underground water infrastructure has been pumping resources at a rapid rate, which subsequently causes the land to shrink by an estimated 10 centimetres per year. This only serves as one of the several consequences for such a huge demand for water worldwide.
United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expects that at least 25 per cent of the global population will live in countries with a “chronic or recurrent” clean water shortage by 2050. The issue becomes more complicated if global leaders fail to reach a consensus on water resource management.
That’s because global peace and security greatly depend on a stable water supply, according to Guterres. The UN Security Council, headed by Bolivia, noted that around 37 water-related disputes have occurred among countries since 1947. For this reason, world leaders should act now to prevent conflicts from becoming worse.
Water remains one of the most important daily necessities. Everyone should do their part in preserving existing resources to ensure not just survival for the world’s population, but also maintain peace among countries.