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Global Water Shortages

Restricted Access to Water

780 million people live without clean drinking water
2.5 billion people - including almost one billion children - live without basic sanitation

More than one-third of Africa’s population lacks access to safe drinking water

More than 130 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean lack access to safe drinking

Between 15 and 20 percent of the water used worldwide is not for domestic consumption, but
rather for export

Water and Disease

Every 20 seconds a child under five years of age dies from waterborne illnesses

Half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by people with an easily preventable waterborne

80 percent of all sickness and disease worldwide is related to contaminated water, according
to the World Health Organization

Diarrhea killed more children in the last decade than all armed conflicts since the WW II

Dirty water kills more children than war, malaria, HIV/AIDS and traffic accidents combined

75 percent of the people in Latin America and the Caribbean suffer from chronic dehydration
because of poor water quality

Water Quality

90 percent of wastewater produced in underdeveloped countries is discharged untreated into
local waters

80 percent of China’s major rivers are so degraded that they no longer support aquatic life

90 percent of all groundwater systems under major cities in China are contaminated

75 percent of India’s rivers and lakes are so polluted that they should not be used for drinking
or bathing

60 percent of rural Russians drink water from contaminated wells

20 percent of all surface water in Europe is seriously threatened

Water Scarcity

More than 400 million Africans now live in water-scarce countries

Unless we change our ways, two-thirds of the world’s population will face water scarcity by

Compared to today, five times as much land is likely to be under “extreme drought” by 2050

By 2030, nearly half of the world’s population - the majority living in underdeveloped countries
- will be living in areas of high water stress

The percentage of the Earth’s land area stricken by serious drought more than doubled
between the 1970s and 2005

Rapid melting will reduce the Tibetan glaciers by 50 percent every decade, according to the
Chinese Academy of Sciences

More than two-thirds of Chinese cities face water shortages

90 percent of the European alpine glaciers are in retreat

United States
Water Scarcity

18 States are currently facing droughts, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor

40 percent of all U.S. water withdrawals are for export

Unless measures are taken, California will demand three times more groundwater than can be
supplied over the next 100 years

Florida‚ rapid use of groundwater has created thousands of sinkholes that devour anything,
houses, cars and shopping malls, unfortunate enough to be built on top of them

The Western U.S. is facing its warmest decades in over 500 years

In 2007, Lake Superior, the world‚ largest freshwater lake, dropped to its lowest levels in 80
years and the water has receded more than 15 meters from the shoreline

Lake Mead, the vast reservoir of the Colorado River, has a 50 percent chance of running dry
by 2021

Water Quality

35 percent of U.S. rivers and streams are too dangerous for fishing, or drinking

60 percent of U.S. lakes are too dangerous for swimming or drinking because of massive toxic
runoff from industrial farms, intensive livestock operations and the more than 1 billion pounds
of industrial weed killer used through the country each year

Two-thirds of U.S. estuaries and bays are moderately or severely degraded

Four and a half percent of beaches are closed or under advisory at a given time

1.5 million metric tons of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution are carried by the Mississippi River
into the Gulf of Mexico every year

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. . . Great Lakes Water To Be Sold To China As Half The U.S.  
Faces Extreme Water Crisis

By Michael Snyder

. .   At a time when the United States is facing the greatest water crisis that it has ever known,  
Obama is allowing water from the Great Lakes to be drained, bottled and shipped to China and  
other countries around the globe. Right now, the Great Lakes hold approximately 21 percent of the  
total supply of fresh water in the entire world. Considering the fact that global water supplies are  
becoming extremely tight, that is an invaluable resource. One recent UN report projected that two  
thirds of the people in the world will be dealing with “water stress” and 1.8 billion people will be  
facing “absolute water scarcity” by the year 2025. So why are we allowing foreign corporations such  
as Nestle to make millions upon millions of dollars pumping water out of the Great Lakes and selling  
it overseas? Considering the massive worldwide water crisis that we know is coming in the years  
ahead, shouldn’t we be doing everything that we can to protect this precious natural resource?

Most Americans don’t realize this, but earlier this year water levels in Lake Huron and Lake Michigan  
were at their lowest levels ever recorded. The following is from a recent article by Suzanne  

“Two of the Great Lakes have hit their lowest water levels EVER RECORDED,” the US  
Army Corps of Engineers reported early this year. Corps measurements taken in January  
of 2013 “show Lake Huron and Lake Michigan have reached their lowest ebb since record  
keeping began in 1918.” The chief watershed hydrology expert warns Americans that  
“We’re in an extreme situation.”

So what is causing all of this? Well, of course most of the water that leaves the Great Lakes is lost  
by evaporation. But the fact that water is being steadily pumped out of the Great Lakes and sold  
overseas is certainly not helping matters

“Plunging water levels are beyond anyone’s control,” says another expert, James  
Weakley. But in one of our most popular posts, last year we warned, “Lake Michigan water  
is being shipped by boat loads over to China! By using a little known loophole in the 2006  
Great Lakes Compact, Obama minions are allowing Nestle Company to export precious  
fresh water out of Lake Michigan to the tune of an estimated $500,000 to $1.8 million per  
day profit.”

All of this is happening at a time when the U.S. is getting ready to deal with the greatest water crisis  
this nation has ever known. For example, according to a Reuters article from just a few weeks ago,  
the state of California is currently experiencing the driest year ever recorded

To nurture his acres of pistachio trees, Tom Coleman has long relied on water from California’s  
mountain-ringed reservoirs, fed by Sierra streams and water pumped from the massive Sacramento-
San Joaquin Delta.

But the driest year on record has left the reservoirs so depleted - and the delta so fragile - that state  
water officials say they may be able to provide just 5 percent of the water he and others were  
expecting for next year.

This water shortage is causing massive problems all over the state. Just check out how a recent  
Fresno Bee article described what is happening to Pine Flat Reservoir…

Pine Flat Reservoir is a ghost of a lake in the Fresno County foothills - a puddle in a 326 billion  
gallon gorge.

Holding only 16% of its capacity, Pine Flat is the best example of why there is high anxiety over the  
approaching wet season.

Gone is the healthy water storage that floated California through two dry years. Major reservoirs  
around the state need gully-washing storms this winter.

And further east, similar things are happening. Lake Powell is fed by the once mighty Colorado  
River, and at this point the flow of water into the lake has been reduced to a “trickle”

After 14 years of drought, Lake Powell is less than half full.

Water flows into Lake Powell, nestled between Utah and Arizona, from high in the Rocky Mountains  
via the Colorado River. More than 30 million people in seven states depend on the mighty Colorado  
for water to grow crops, fuel power plants and keep cities such as Las Vegas alive. But this year, the  
worst drought in a century has slowed the flow to a trickle.

In August, the federal Bureau of Reclamation cut, by 9 percent, the amount of water people in the  
southwestern United States could draw from Lake Powell. As states and counties squabble over  
their allotment of water in the coming years, hydroelectric plants (including the one on the Hoover  
Dam) could idle, and farmers are bracing for reduced crop production.

And most Americans do not realize this, but the Colorado River does not run all the way to the ocean  
any longer. If something is not done soon, even the Hoover Dam could be forced to shut down. For  
much more on this, please see this article.

Just recently, the Huffington Post ran an article entitled “These 11 Cities May Completely Run  
Out Of Water Sooner Than You Think“. According to that piece, some of the cities that are  
heading for a massive water crisis are not cities that you would normally think of…

-Salt Lake City, Utah
-Lincoln, Nebraska
-Cleveland, Ohio
-Miami, Florida
-Atlanta, Georgia
-Washington, D.C.
-El Paso, Texas
-San Antonio, Texas
-San Francisco Bay Area, California
-Houston, Texas
-Los Angeles, California

But those cities are far from alone. The truth is that pretty much the entire western half of the  
country is drying up. the following list of 15 facts about the coming water crisis is from one of my  
previous articles entitled “Dust Bowl Conditions Are Literally Returning To The Western Half  
Of The United States“…

1. The Ogallala Aquifer is being drained at a rate of approximately 800 gallons per minute.

2. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, “a volume equivalent to two-thirds of the water in  
Lake Erie” has been permanently drained from the Ogallala Aquifer since 1940.

3. Decades ago, the Ogallala Aquifer had an average depth of approximately 240 feet but today the  
average depth is just 80 feet. In some areas of Texas, the water is gone completely.

4. Scientists are warning that nothing can be done to stop the depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer. The  
ominous words of David Brauer of the Ogallala Research Service should alarm us all…

“Our goal now is to engineer a soft landing. That’s all we can do.”

5. According to a recent National Geographic article, the average depletion rate of the Ogallala  
Aquifer is picking up speed…

Even more worrisome, the draining of the High Plains water account has picked up speed. The  
average annual depletion rate between 2000 and 2007 was more than twice that during the  
previous fifty years. The depletion is most severe in the southern portion of the aquifer, especially  
in Texas, where the water table beneath sizeable areas has dropped 100-150 feet; in smaller  
pockets, it has dropped more than 150 feet.

6. According to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. interior west is now the driest that it  
has been in 500 years.

7. Wildfires have burned millions of acres of vegetation in the central part of the United States in  
recent years. For example, wildfires burned an astounding 3.6 million acres in the state of Texas  
alone during 2011. This helps set the stage for huge dust storms in the future.

8. Unfortunately, scientists tell us that it would be normal for extremely dry conditions to persist in  
parts of western North America for decades. The following is from an article in the Vancouver  

But University of Regina paleoclimatologist Jeannine-Marie St. Jacques says that decade-long  
drought is nowhere near as bad as it can get.

St. Jacques and her colleagues have been studying tree ring data and, at the American  
Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Vancouver over the weekend, she  
explained the reality of droughts.

“What we’re seeing in the climate records is these megadroughts, and they don’t last a decade-
they last 20 years, 30 years, maybe 60 years, and they’ll be semi-continental in expanse,” she told  
the Regina Leader-Post by phone from Vancouver.

“So it’s like what we saw in the Dirty Thirties, but imagine the Dirty Thirties going on for 30 years.  
That’s what scares those of us who are in the community studying this data pool.”

9. Experts tell us that U.S. water bills are likely to soar in the coming years. It is being projected that  
repairing and expanding our decaying drinking water infrastructure will cost more than one trillion  
dollars over the next 25 years, and as a result our water bills will likely approximately triple over  
that time period.

10. Right now, the United States uses approximately 148 trillion gallons of fresh water a year, and  
there is no way that is sustainable in the long run.

11. According to a U.S. government report, 36 states are already facing water shortages or will be  
facing water shortages within the next few years.

12. Lake Mead supplies about 85 percent of the water to Las Vegas, and since 1998 the level of  
water in Lake Mead has dropped by about 5.6 trillion gallons.

13. It has been estimated that the state of California only has a 20 year supply of fresh water left.

14. It has been estimated that the state of New Mexico only has a 10 year supply of fresh water  

15. Approximately 40 percent of all rivers in the United States and approximately 46 percent of all  
lakes in the United States have become so polluted that they are are no longer fit for human use.

Are you starting to get the picture?

If things don’t turn around soon, we are going to be facing an absolutely crippling water crisis in this  

And according to recent forecasts, it appears that drought conditions may soon get even worse in  
the Southeast and the Southwest…

Ongoing winter storms won’t be doing much to relieve some drought-stricken areas of the U.S. In  
fact, conditions could get worse in the Southwest and Southeast, according to the National Oceanic  
and Atmosphere Administration.

NOAA last week forecast below-average precipitation for those regions this winter, meaning that  
“after some relief during the past few months,” the Southwest’s three-year drought is likely to  
redevelop and spread to the Southeast.

Sadly, most Americans are not aware of any of these things.

They just assume that there will always be plenty of fresh water for all of us to use just like there  
always has been.

But times are changing rapidly.

This Article is from: The American Dream
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