Water Shortages are Closer than You Think
The possibility of a water shortage in America is not typically a problem in the mind of the everyday citizen. And yet, a lack of fresh water is rapidly becoming an issue within the United States.
Water shortages have already come into effect in Midwestern areas of the United States, where temperatures are high and droughts are frequent. For example, the city of Lehi, Utah has already initiated certain restrictions on its public’s water usage. Due to a lasting drought, many citizens began using their own household faucets to water their lawns, consequently causing a dearth of culinary water (drinking water). If the citizens do not follow the regulations set by their government, the city will potentially run out of drinking water by Friday.
In such critical times, the citizens are asked to take “extreme conservation measures” in an effort to reduce total water usage by at least 40%. As an example, citizens are not permitted to wash vehicles, buildings, or other structures without permission, fill pools or fountains, and in addition, certain dates have been set for residents to water their lawns. These regulations are strictly enforced, in hopes of reducing what the city has labeled to be an “Extreme Emergency.”
Despite popular belief, droughts are not the only cause for water shortages. The main culprits include the increases in population size and global climate change. As the number of citizens increases, so does the demand for water. In fact, according to the U.S. Intelligence Community Assessment of Global Water Security, by 2030, the global need for water will exceed its supplies by 40%. And conversely, the rising temperatures due to global warming are resulting in decreases of available water in the forms of receding glaciers, reduced stream and river flow, and shrinking lakes. In fact, the Ogallala Aquifer, located underneath many western states, is being drained at a rate of approximately 800 gallons per minute. Once the water from this aquifer is gone, there is no replacing it.
In order to prevent such devastating shortages, we must take action as quickly as possible. There are two major options: Water Conservation or the Development of Large Volumes of NEW Water.
Another major problem evident in today’s society is the question of how to properly dispose of food waste. With the advancements made in waste management comes the Eco-Safe Digester, which is able to solve both issues seamlessly. Simply put, the machine is able to generate the “NEW” water needed to sustain our growing population, while simultaneously aiding in the solution of our nation’s massive waste crisis.
Water is not a finite resource; the demand is quickly exceeding the supply. As water is a necessity of life, we must do everything in our power to create more before it is too late.