According to the latest report by the United Nations, 26 per cent of the world’s population does not have access to clean water. Amid a looming global water crisis, will the oceans provide a viable solution to the water scarcity problem?
By Sushant Mehra: Water is one of the greatest blessings of nature. However, while we can buy water using money, we cannot generate water and this is something we all need to understand. The speed with which the world is consuming water has led to the drying up of earth. According to the latest report from the United Nations, the earth is drying up rapidly and billions of people are forced to drink dirty water. Soon, many of us will likely have to yearn for drops of water.
According to the latest report of the United Nations, 26 per cent of the world’s population does not have access to clean water. 46 per cent of the world’s population does not get water for sanitation. At the same time, 200 crore people face water shortage for one month in a year. The number of people in the world who are currently struggling with water scarcity will soon skyrocket.
According to the UN report, in the last 40 years, the use of water globally is increasing at the rate of about 1 per cent every year. On average, 10 per cent of the world’s population lives in countries with high or severe water scarcity. The global urban population facing water scarcity is projected to increase from 933 million in 2016 to 1.7-2.4 billion people in 2050 with India projected to be the most severely affected, the report said.
The UN report stated that globally, two billion people do not have safe drinking water and 3.6 billion lack access to safely managed sanitation.
What will happen if there is no water for one day?
Have you ever thought about what would happen if there was no drinking water even for a day? The thought might not have crossed your mind today, but it may very well be the reality tomorrow.
Environment expert Anil Sood said the water on the earth is continuously decreasing. We all know this truth, but we are not doing anything to save water at our level. Just like how we know that there is no guarantee that the water we are drinking on a daily basis is 100 per cent pure, but we don’t care about it. We are satisfied thinking that we are getting water for drinking.
According to the Bureau of Indian Standards, if the amount of TDS i.e. Total Dissolved Solids in water is less than 500 milligrams per liter, then this water is potable, but it should not be less than 250. At the same time, according to the World Health Organization, the amount of TDS per liter of water should be less than 300.