For most, it is hard to imagine the possibility of not having clean water readily at your disposal. According to UNICEF, there are 2.1 billion people in the world that do not have access to safe drinking water. In fact, 340,000 children under five die every year from diarrhea issues from drinking dirty water.
Water scarcity affects 40 percent of the people on this planet. It is a situation that is becoming much too real for many. It is amazing to think that in the near future, there is a possibility that many people will die from a lack of drinking water. And it may be happening sooner than we originally thought possible.
Cape Town, South Africa is just about the same size as Los Angeles, California. Both have a population of close to 4 million people. It is estimated that as early as May of this year, Cape Town will be completely out of water. They will be the first major city that this happens to, but they probably won’t be the last.
Many of you are thinking that this is only happening in Africa, but that is just not true. While no major city in the United States currently is having quite the same problem as Cape Town, they soon could be. As populations rise across the country, the risk of water shortages goes up. One has to examine what happened to Cape Town to understand what could possibly happen here.
Four years ago, the city was in great shape. They had six major reservoirs full of 230 billion gallons of water. But as of January 29, 2018, there is just 26 percent of the water left. A three year drought has decimated their water storage that relies basically only on rainwater. If it is not raining, the water is not going to be coming from anywhere else. Just last year, they only received six inches of rain. Six inches of rain for an entire year is very tough when they used to average 20 inches of rain a year. A concerned population rises, a major drought hits, and the elements are in place for a real life disaster movie.
Which Other Cities are at Risk?
Nature Conservancy did a global survey of water supplies for cities. They determined that Mexico City, Delhi, and Tokyo are a few places that have dwindling water supplies as well. In fact, Mexico City has 21 million people living there, and they only have access to running water for just part of the day. All of this is a recipe for disaster. Even in Australia, officials in Melbourne said they could run out of water in a decade.
Ways to Conserve Water
There are steps we can all take to make sure that our ancestors will have enough clean water to live off of as well and ensure that this planet can keep on supporting life. Simple things like taking shorter showers or not running the sprinklers for hours on end when your yard isn’t looking the perfect color green would help. If you must water your yard, use a rain barrel hooked up to your gutters to contain the water during rainstorms. The key is to teach our children these ways because they will be the ones more likely facing the lack of clean water in the upcoming decades.
More Companies Like Waiakea Water
Waiakea Water (we wrote about them here!) was created by Ryan Emmons officially in 2012, but it was during a trip to his uncle’s place in Hawaii in 2011 that originally provided him the idea for the game changing product. He was taking a drink out of his uncle’s well when he noticed it was the best tasting water he ever had. After learning that the water originated from rain or melted snow that filtered itself through thousands of volcanic rock that left it packed with minerals and turned it alkaline, Emmons knew he was on to something.
Waiakea Water has been growing year by year ever since. They even have started making their plastic bottles with a nano-additive called TimePlast. Normal plastic bottles take about 1,500 years to decompose on their own, resulting in immense pollution across the globe since only 20 percent of plastic is recycled. Waiakea’s bottles will fully decompose in only 15 years. Hopefully, more companies will be adding this nano-additive to their manufacturing process as well.
Waiakea Water was originally created to make positive changes throughout the world. They have a great product to sell, but they also want to leave the world better off for it. Maintaining a healthy environment for those across the globe is one of their major concerns.
With the lack of clean water available to many regions of the world, this is where Waiakea definitely steps up to the plate. They realize that water is our most precious natural resource, and they want to ensure the availability of it. Because of this, for every liter of Waiakea Water purchased, they donate 650 liters of clean water to those in need. They also work with nonprofits that install water pumps in regions that need a water source, essentially giving them the ability to access clean water.
We must find ways we can conserve water ourselves, and stick to them all year round. If we are proactive in handling a water shortage before it becomes a water crisis, we will save many lives. In addition, we must support companies that provide answers to global problems through their products. As we proceed further into the 21st century, we have to keep in mind that everything we do can and will affect the world around us. We must make a better effort to do positive and the results will speak for themselves.