Global water crisis

Max Webster, Investigative Reporter

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Since the dawn of light and creation of life water has decided the fates of all life as we know it, and we may soon be out of this precious resource. In all of human history water has been in every civilization spanning from Africa to the United States providing food, energy, and supporting life. Unfortunately, the globe is running out of fresh, drinkable water and may soon run out for good. Here’s how the water crisis is affecting the world:

Idaho Falls: According to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality the water here in Idaho Falls comes from underground water reservoirs (95%) and local rivers and lakes (5%). Overall the water quality is very good and is safe to drink. In recent years there has been some contamination, but all of it has been fixed or cured.  

Flint, Michigan: In 2014, the city of Flint switched their water supply from Detroit to the Flint River. During the transition however, the unknowingly corrosive water created lead issues that the state officials failed to treat resulting in multiple lead poisonings. The water, contaminated with up to 100 times the regulated amount, poisoned thousands and gave those affected rashes, hair loss, and many hospital trips. As of today the city of Flint is doing better, but many still suffer and deal with the grey, poisonous water.

Africa: Within the world about 1.1 billion people don’t have access to clean water, and a large number of those come from Africa. Being mainly a barren, dry wasteland, is home to millions of people who struggle to get water on a daily basis. Organizations like the Thirst Project take donations and raise money to build wells in small villages, but it’s not enough. Unfortunately, the Water for Good foundation stated that while building wells is the cheapest way to get water to the people of Africa, 60% of the wells have failed.

 

California: In 2011 California had a record breaking drought that affected millions and threatened the state’s water supply. As the drought continued on, fires scorched across the state and surrounding areas, causing more problems for the already troubled Californians. However in 2015 the melting mountain snow began to restore the water levels and the governor raised the drought emergency. As of today less than 1% of California is in a drought and water levels are back to normal. Question is, how long will this last?

 

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