Eight major world cities running out of water

The plight of these urban areas show how dire the coming global freshwater shortage could get.

Eight major world cities running out of water

World Bulletin / News Desk

An obscure UN World Water Development Report, has made the startling claim that the world would face a 40 percent shortfall in freshwater in as soon as 15 years with crops failing and businesses dependent on water failing.Crops would fail. It also claimed that illness would spread. A financial crash was likely, as was deepening poverty for those just getting by.

The U.N. also concluded that the resultant water shortages were not strictly meteorological, but largely the result of human activity. That means that with some changes in how water is managed, there is still time — very little, but enough — for children born this year to graduate from high school with the same access to clean water their parents enjoyed.

Though the U.N. looked at the issue across the globe, the solutions it recommended — capturing rainwater, recycling wastewater, improving sewage and plumbing, and more — need to be implemented locally. Some of the greatest challenges will come in cities, where bursting populations strain systems designed to supply far fewer people and much of the clean water available is lost to waste and shoddy, centuries-old infrastructure.

The amount of water in the earth’s atmosphere is more or less fixed, meaning that as populations and economies grow, what we have needs to be clean, available, and conserved. Economies, infrastructure, river systems and climates vary from place to place, and the solutions will have to as well.The eight cities around the world are: Tokyo, Miami, London, Cairo, Sao Paolo, Beijing, Bangalore and Mexico city.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Haziran 2015, 13:01