The Age of Water Scarcity: What Are Our Options?
By Ebie Holst
When it comes to water, we’re headed for trouble. As industry and production have grown in regions all over the world, so too have economies, and so too has water contamination. Droughts, as well as floods and storm conditions, are on the rise. Aging infrastructure undermines dependable storage, treatment, and delivery of water, not only for small communities and major metro areas, but for a range of institutions we may depend on. Everything from agriculture and industry, to schools, golf courses, and car washes depend on reliable infrastructure. Population growth all over the world means more water demand, not just to feed, clothe, and house us, but to provide us power, pharmaceuticals, and products to consume – water is critical to all of it. In the next 15-20 years, water demand to support population and economic growth will outstrip usable supply by 40%.