Water Scarcity: A Growing Water Crisis
Around 2 billion people, or almost one-fifth of the world’s population, live in areas of scarcity. Another 1.6 billion people, or almost one-quarter of the world’s population, face economic water shortage.
The U.S. population is expected to grow from a recorded 327 million in 2017, to an estimated 421 million by 2060 — an increase of almost 30%. Although this rise in water consumption will inevitably put a strain on current sources, this is a problem that is already plaguing areas around the world, including many American cities. Nearly 1 billion people in the developing world do not have access to clean, safe drinking water.