Since the plants and animals we eat also depend on water, lack of it could cause both dehydration and starvation. Water that looks drinkable can contain harmful elements, which could cause illness and death if ingested (Eliasson, 2011). To further deplete our water scarce supply, natural disasters, such as floods, earthquakes, and tornadoes, pose a great peril. However, one natural disaster stands above the rest. This natural disaster is called a drought.
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According to Barlow and Clarke, almost everything that is being done in the industrialized world has the potential of worsening the already existing fresh water crisis (206). By failing to conserve the water we use, we stand the risk of exhausting all the fresh water we depend on. Studies have already shown that we are quickly running out of fresh water supply world over. This is as a result of dwindling water levels in rivers, lakes and underground aquifers. The consequences of lack of fresh water for consumption are far reaching.
Water Benefits Health.com stated, “Forty percent of America’s rivers are too polluted for fishing, swimming or aquatic life. Much of today’s water is dealing with water pollution. According to lenntech.com “Water pollution is any chemical, physical or biological change in the quality of water that has a harmful effect on any living thing that drinks or uses or lives (in) it” (“What is Water Pollution” 1). Water pollution is not only dangerous to humans but also very dangerous to our ecosystems. Fish, plants, water and other organisms are living in our ecosystems.
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Subsistence, hygiene, recreation, travel, and more-these are just a few of the uses of one of the world’s most valuable resources. Water is important in several ways, but there has been a lot of debate in recent years as to whether or not our world’s water sources are being destroyed and depleted. Droughts and melting ice caps are only two areas of concern when it comes to water, though there are opposing sides to the arguments regarding the dangers they entail. Additionally, pollution, cost of water, conservational methods, and economic effects are important factors to consider, especially if we are to tackle the challenge of feeding the world’s population. Regardless of differing opinions, it is important that we take measures to preserve this asset for the future and all the Earth’s people because if there’s one thing we can’t live without, it is water.
Another factor in the depletion and deterioration of our water resources is from harnessing energy, hydroelectricity uses a dam to harness the water flow to produce energy which disrupts the balance of the river and lakes. It shifts the amount of water so some spices in the ecosystem get too much water and some get to less, it also limits the migration of fish, this offset can be dangerous to the quality of the water. Mining for coal is another way harnessing energy has a negative effect on our water supplies. When mining for coal if an aquifer or lake gets access to the mine the water will be contaminated with dangerous metals resulting in the deterioration of the quality of the water making it unusable. All of these factors are key components in economically developing countries, energy
Deprivation of their quality and ability to perform important functions bring major consequences results in long-term economic losses and affecting the population’s quality of life as a whole. The way human use and manage rivers can cause great environmental damage that adversely affects the rivers. STATUS OF WATER RESOURCES IN MALAYSIA Even though Malaysia has been blessed with ample supply of water resources, non-uniform temporal and spatial rainfall distribution and increasing occurrences of river pollution have caused numerous crises in water supply services. The quality of river in Malaysia has worsened during the last several years. In recent years, more water is drawn to meet increasing demand, but more destruction results from water that is put back into them by communities, adding sewage, and other effluents and waste.