The April 2010 National Geographic is entirely about water. The world has plenty of water. There is no shortage of water. The problem is that 97.5% of the water on the planet is salty. Only 2.5% of the earths water is fresh and 2/3 of that is in a frozen form.
According to NG Americans use about 100 gallons of water at home each day. Millions of the world’s impoverished live on fewer than 5 gallons.
Forty-six percent of people on earth do not have water piped to their homes. In developing Countries women will walk an average of 3.7 miles to get to water.
Fifteen years from now, 1.8 billion people will live in regions of severe water scarcity. For most of us living in the United States and other developed nations we think nothing of water. We turn on the tap and it flows clean and pure. We water our lawn with it. We wash our cars and clothes with it. We spray off our driveways with it. We fill our pools with it. But access to safe potable drinking water is a basic need that eludes billions of people on a daily basis. It is a crisis that forces people to live in poverty and insecurity. Imagine getting up tomorrow and turning on the tap only to find it dry. What would we do if the wells dried up for us?