Cape Town is not the only City in the Wold facing a water crisis. The city has been in a drought for the past 3 years and its residents are currently restricted to 50 liters per day. This, compared to the 375 liters used on average by American citizens per day, is severe rationing.
Other cities are also in line to face severe drinking water shortages like that of Cape Town. One of the cities on the list is, London. It is estimated that 25% of London’s water is wasted and that within the next decade, the current water supply will be stretched to its absolute limit. Queensland in Australia are also facing the same water crisis as Cape Town and haven’t seen sufficient rains in the past 3 years.
Many areas with a Mediterranean climate are facing the same drought, California and parts of South America are all experiencing water shortages. While globally access to clean, fresh drinking water is being diminished through poor urban planning and population growth exceeding that of the growth in water infrastructure.
In some cities, where groundwater is relied upon as the main source, we are seeing irreversible damage to the land. Jakarta, Mexico City and Tokyo are a few the dozen cities globally who are sinking because of excessive groundwater use.
This issue will only become more prevalent as climate change impacts the water supply. It is said that for every one-degree increase in temperature about half a billion people will have 20% less fresh drinking water.
Each and every one of us needs to take it into our own hands, we all need to be conscious of how much water we use.
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