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Is the water crisis a serious issue?

Do you think the US should put effort into fixing the water crisis?


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    Mar 2 2013: Yes it is. Water is the second most ubiquitous substance on earth (after air) but only a little portion of it is accessible to it humans in the readily usable form. This is because this availability is dependent on natural water cycles traditionally and human activities greatly impair such cycles.
    The idea that technology can convert non-usable water (dirty, polluted or saline) to usable if there is only enough money is not only silly but stinks with exploitation, power and unfairness. It is silly because it sounds like we can destroy health and can boast of medical technology that can cure us if we have enough money. It is exploitative because most goods, including modern agriculture has unappreciated high water footprint. We have parts of world where 600 litres of water is routinely used per capita where as we know there are other parts of the world, parts from where historically 'free' labor force has come to affluent parts of world till few centuries ago, where women walk 20 kms daily to collect a bucketful of water.
    I do not intend to promote my blogs just trying to save space here.
    • Mar 2 2013: Less than 5 minutes ago: What do you think we should do to fix this problem?
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        Mar 2 2013: Will you pay me if I tell you? :) Joking...
        Actually there is not one solution to the problem. Apart from what are being tried in terms of technology (low-flow faucets et all, I am chuckling again), agriculture (GM seeds that require much less water to produce crops) and other means, I think water footprint should be integrated into the economy. I mean, if a pair of jeans have thousands over liters of water embedded in it at a price say x$, I think I shall buy another pair with either lesser liters embedded for same x $ or may pay a little more for that.
        There should be water usage governance and policies like aquifer withdrawal regulation, taxation on water intensive sports like golf and consumption of meat.
        The per capita consumption of water, both direct and virtual, should be controlled through legislation as well as social appeals.
        I know the answer sounds uninteresting but fact of the matter is that there is no magic lamp that we can rub and avert global water crisis.

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