Water Shortage: A Worldwide Problem by 2020

Concerned increased over water conservation this past week when the United Nations Education and Scientific Council (UNESCO) published a report that predicted water shortage will be a serious worldwide problem by the year 2020. Let us evaluate the global picture. The Environmental Protection Agency  (EPA) suggests that in the United States, the biggest water consumer on Earth, the average American family uses 176 gallons of water per day compared to just 5 gallons of water the average African family uses. It goes on to explain that Per capita residential water use in the United States is more than four times as high as in England and five times as high as in Germany with the numbers steadily increasing over time. With water use in the United States increasing every year, many regions are starting to feel the pressure. The EPA concludes by predicting that at least 36 states are anticipating local, regional, or statewide water shortages by 2013, even under non-drought conditions. At this rate, our water supplies will not be able to support our growing needs and ever expanding population. This means that even here, in our own cities and towns, we will soon experience this water shortage. More recently, municipalities have started taxing water consumption as a direct consequence over increases in water consumption rates…and it’s only just begun. Important changes will be asked of us over the coming years.

Since our water resources will not be sufficient anymore, an environmental approach is not only a good thing; it’s a must in order to stabilize water resources for our children’s futures. We may as well take advantage of this opportunity to do our part for the environment while also keeping some extra dough in our pockets.

Some interesting facts about water consumption worldwide:

About 65% of indoor home water use occurs in our bathrooms with toilets being the single greatest water user.

Almost 80% of the earth’s surface is covered in water, of this, 97% is salt water, 2% is glacial ice, leaving less than 1% as fresh water for humans to use.

The human body is about 70% water and as such, we cannot survive more than a week without water.

As always, we’ve included some water saving tips for you to try out at home!

Green Tip # 1: Use Rain Water Harvesting to lower your water bills! Use natural rainwater for your yard and garden and significantly lower your water bills. Why let this water go to waste? Collect and reuse to save money and help the environment!

Green Tip #2: Take power Showers! Start your day with a power shower! A power shower is a short, five-minute shower that uses about 12.5 gals of water. Since the average shower can use up to 25 gals of water, according to the U.S. EPA, you’re already on your way to saving half that amount! And if you install a water efficient (low-flow) showerhead, you’ll conserve even more!

Green Tip #3: Don’t Use the Toilet for Waste Disposal! Every time you flush facial tissue, a cigarette butt, or other small bits of trash, five to seven gallons of water is being wasted.

This article was submitted by Sohail Hassan, President & CEO of Inergy Solutions, LLC.  You can find our more about this company at www.inergysolutions.com.

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