water shortage

Global water shortage

Water consumption increases twice as quickly as the population increase

Water shortages affect all continents.

  • Global water consumption has increased twice as fast as the population increase in the last century
  • More and more regions have reached the limit to what they can supply of access to clean water
  • The rising global water crisis is primarily due to overuse, pollution and climate change, according to the United Nations
  • Economic water shortage is due to the lack of infrastructure needed to ensure that the population has access to water. Many poor countries in sub-Saharan Africa suffer from economic water shortages.
  • Physical water shortage is due to the lack of water in a specific area. This often occurs in dry areas, but it can also hit places where there is infrastructure for water distribution in place. A recent example of this was the Cape Town water crisis.

Sources: UNWater, Wikipedia