How to Overcome a Water Shortage
by Lauranie Phan on February 22, 2018 - 10:53pm
In the article published in Science Daily entitled “Population Could Outpace water by mid-century: Technological advances needed in coming decades to avoid water shortages”, a group of researchers from Duke University have found that even though the world population has been gradually growing for the last centuries and consequently needing more water supplies, we will most likely be able to adapt to the demands. Indeed, with the help of a model that is able to predict future tendencies by analyzing historical data, the researchers found that human civilization has already encountered periods where the water demand was strong, but every shortage was subdued by swift technological innovations. If the trend continues, this means that we would be able to overcome the current water crisis before 2050 by incorporating policies that will regulate our use of water or develop modernized technology to find new sources of water such as recycling water and removing the salt from seawaters. The article however warns readers that even if the use of water per person has been declining over the past 40 years, the growth of the world population still has a tremendous impact in the equation, which means that we need to find alternatives if we want to sidestep a possible shortage. All in all, the researchers from Duke University believe that the pressing matter of water supplies will create an incentive for advancements in the field, which will help us overcome the potential crisis.
I find it very optimistic of researchers to say that there is a way to confront a possible water shortage that will work, but I think that only relying on past experiences to predict that we will overcome it is not enough. Stricker laws should be installed by governments in every country about how we should use water, and we should not only focus our attention into replacing drinkable water. By turning towards seawater, we are admitting defeat and giving up this amazing resource. We should all concentrate on how we currently use this type of water and work together by coming up with regulations that will suit our needs but limit our consumption.
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