18 of the top 147 major countries allow for less than 50% of people to have any access to drinking water on a daily basis.(Safe) There are quite a few countries that don’t have access to drinking water, there’s some that have enough of it, but it’s dangerous to drink, and then there’s those that are doing something about it. This paper will cover those topics.
A lot of people look at the amount of water there is in the world and see the vast amounts of water there is available in the oceans. They think about this and wonder how anybody could go without water. Well, first of all, the ocean is not drinkable water. It’s full of salt along with other elements that make it dangerous to drink in excess amounts. Only 2.5% of the world’s water is actually drinkable, and two thirds of this water is ice in the Antarctic and Greenland areas. Leaving only two thirds of the world’s fresh water accessible for human use.(Safe) This just comes to show how little water there actually is. Environmentalists blame Americans for hogging all of the water and using it for our own purposes and don’t even think about the people that don’t have anything in other countries. Americans could do a better job at making sure that other countries got more water, but there just isn’t enough water in the world to keep everyone satisfied. So, where is the fresh water going to if we don’t have enough water? There’s stats that show if we only drank water and never ate we could allow everyone to have enough water. It’s going to agriculture to the superior countries such as United States, France, Germany, and a few others. Agriculture accounts for 87% of the water used in the world.(Safe) Most people have heard that the population is growing and logically the demand for it is raising as well, and therefor supply is decreasing. This is eventually going to lead to not having any drinking water left and we will all suffer. So, how can people help their problem? Engineers have decided that improving irrigation systems is a good first start. Irrigation systems that don’t work properly can waste up to 60% of the water pumped before it even reaches the intended crop.(Safe) Think about this for a minute. Anybody that has gone to the middle states of the United States would notice just how many farms there are just in the United States, and if multiple other countries have this many croplands, then that’s obviously quite a bit of water that is being wasted.