Climate Change And Its Effect On The Scarcity Of Our Water Supply A Concern For The Near Future?
Safe drinking water is arguably the most important issue for the future. When we think about the problems that the future will face, little attention has been given to the scarcity that we are experiencing in fresh water for the masses. What we are beginning to see across the nation is that clean and safe drinking water is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain. Not only is the scarcity effecting the overall health of the world’s inhabitants, soon it will start to encroach upon commerce, farm productivity, and limited growth for tackling the worldwide hunger problem. Not only is the supply of water in general of concern, but the treatment needed for it to be consumable is increasingly becoming more problematic.
Shortages and drought becoming more widespread
What scientists are beginning to see is a trend in the widespread drought conditions across the United States. They are seeing wells dry up and the depletion of water in many different areas which used to be lush and supply millions living in regions with enough freshwater to sustain the population. That is quickly dwindling which is making the process of the distribution of water more difficult, taking more resources to deliver and making water more scarce nationwide.
The industries that are being most effected are the farmers who are seeing a decrease in their farmlands due to the scarce water supplies. Because ground water is not only becoming limited, but the concentration of contamination more prominent, it is leading to a rush to drill and maintain deeper wells in search of fresh water. That is not only making farming more difficult, less profitable, but it is also degrading the price of farmland. Decreasing the value has had an impact on the overall financials of farmers everywhere.
The Great Lakes in trouble
There has also been noticeable and reported declining water levels for the Great Lakes. Not only are scientists seeing the effect of it for today’s generation, they are looking down the road and the prognosis for salvation in the future is grim. To combat for the changes taking place, many governmental initiatives are starting to make their way for approval and implementation. The problem is that for any real change to be felt, it is going to take decades which the great waterways may not have.
What is causing the crisis that we see on the horizon? Climate change, profligate use and population growth is shifting. Global warming continues to be at the heart of the debate, believed to be altering the weather patterns which in turn is effecting the rate of precipitation to some regions. Producing more drought conditions, and more extreme climate variations, it is leading to soil erosion and other patterns leading to conservation limitations and the scarcity of the water that is supplied to regions of the United States. The evidence is undeniable, however, changes are being experienced around the nation that is having a severe impact on our economy and the health of our waterways.
Because unless people experience a threat, they have a hard time perceiving one, the issues facing water scarcity is not posing a scare to most Americans, yet. Although the signs that it is just a matter of time are imminent, many are kicking the can down the line and refusing to address concerns until they reach their own backyard. The States which are feeling concern are those who are already seeing the effects such as Colorado and Nevada. Being Americans, we are spoiled by the notion that problems can be fixed with innovation and desire. The problem that we aren’t addressing is that water is not a commodity which can be created. Once gone, it is gone without replacement. Hopefully our law makers will make the issues we face with scarce water a real objective for improvement for the future, before it does become an emergent crisis.