Webster defined drought for a period of below-average precipitation in a given region, leading to prolonged shortages in its own water source, whether atmospheric, surface water or ground water. A drought can last for months, years, or might even last for decades. The world today is faced with the fact that lots of countries around the globe have wasted their natural resource of fresh water to the point that very critical shortages are already happening. What’s amazing though is that the Earth provides all living things with abundant amounts of rainfall and snow to endure. The logistics of new water transport to regions that are faced with dire shortages is hampered by financial constraints that constantly thwart those regions from receiving relief form their own water shortages.
Whether it is greed, the inhumanity of man or just plain ignorance are the main reasons why millions of people are now facing acute shortages of fresh clean water. It’s extremely apparent to see that abundant fresh accessible water is the first primary requirement for any and all other projects. Without abundant accessible fresh water any future development whether it’s new construction for homes or businesses or for agriculture will end up in failure. What is a big factor of the contributor to global water shortages is because of mans gluttony of the consumption of fossil fuels for the past 100 years. This disaster is happening at this time in regions in the Mid East and will disperse through-out the planet if we fail to utilize the technologies which are currently available to usher in an age of progress to eliminate the enormous consumption of fossil fuel sources. In addition, we need to coordinate international initiatives to end drought conditions which are already occurring around the world.
In Egypt on account of the lack of sufficient infrastructure to trap rain run offs the recent times of heavy rain and subsequent flooding swept tons of dirt and other containments into the Nile. The Nile is the key fresh water provider for all of Egypt now has been deluged with sewage and slit forcing the closures of practically all their water treatment centers. This is only a sample of the monumental task of securing plentiful fresh water for Egypt. The situation is dire for other Mid Eastern nations also. The availability of potable freshwater has made the costs skyrocket to the point that millions still suffer because they cannot afford the rising costs now associated with procuring fresh water from all over the area.
The United States isn’t immune to the lack of fresh clean water either. Flint Michigan is a normal example of man’s carelessness in not supplying fresh water to the people of Flint, Michigan. Coastal areas like Florida also have insufficient measures in place to supply fresh water to the growing population. And, what rain drops the rain run off goes right to the Atlantic or into the Gulf of Mexico. All across the United States people are facing new water shortages, rising costs, and even worse have their water shut off just because they can not pay their water bill. With so much emphasis on the recent Dakota oil pipe line at which so much media attention is focused we should be really focusing on water transport instead of oil. Man can live quite well without oil but can’t live long without fresh water.
We should remember that before modern times the Incas managed to sustain their culture above the rain line by collecting dew and channeling it to cisterns for later distribution. Historical records indicate the usage of water-collecting fog fences. These traditional methods have been fully passive, requiring no external energy source aside from naturally occurring temperatures. We’ve already developed water technology far superior to what the Incas deployed. There should be no reason why anyone anywhere around the world should have to suffer due to the lack of available fresh water. And yet wars are continually being fought for water rights. Today, the increasing costs associated with the lack of potable fresh water have put humanity on the very brink of a catastrophe that if not immediately addressed will increase the installation of a disaster of epic proportions which will soon explode on a worldwide scale.
Yet, it continues to be the greed of man whether it is for corporate profits, political gain, or the power to control populations the available technologies that would significantly reduce the global tensions due to the lack of new available potable water are retained from ever reaching the areas that benefit the most. When you have water companies using free solar power to harness enough clean water right form the atmosphere but purposely maintain that technology cost prohibitive only further exasperates water shortages. The need is crucial that to defuse a ticking time bomb as a result of absence of fresh potable water these technologies must be made available to areas and countries which are most vulnerable to suffering as a result of the shortage of fresh water. In the long run water companies will become more profitable and global suffering of inhabitants will ease. All because now they will have available fresh water without needing to struggle for water rights.