Webster defined drought as a period of below-average precipitation in a given region, leading to prolonged shortages in its water supply, whether atmospheric, surface water or ground water. A drought can last for months, years, or may even last for decades. The world today is confronted with the fact that lots of countries around the globe have squandered their natural source of fresh water to the point that very critical shortages are already occurring. What’s amazing though is that the Earth provides all living things with abundant amounts of rain and snow to survive. The logistics of new water transport to areas that are confronted with dire shortages is hampered by monetary constraints that always thwart those regions from getting relief form their own water shortages.
It’s extremely apparent to see that abundant fresh accessible water is the primary main requirement for all other projects. Without abundant available fresh water any future development whether it’s brand 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 usage of fossil fuels for the past 100 years. This disaster is happening right now in areas in the Mid East and will spread 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 have to coordinate international initiatives to end drought conditions which are already happening around the world.
In Egypt on account of the lack of sufficient infrastructure to trap rain run offs the current times of heavy rain and subsequent flooding swept tons of dirt and other containments into the Nile. The Nile is the main fresh water provider for all of Egypt now has been deluged with sewage and slit forcing the closures of nearly all their water treatment centers. This is just 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 can’t afford the rising costs now associated with procuring fresh water from all around the area.
The United States is not immune to the absence 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 falls the rain run off goes right to the Atlantic or to the Gulf of Mexico. With so much emphasis on the current Dakota oil pipe line where so much media attention is focused we ought to be really focusing on water transfer instead of oil. Man can live quite well without oil but cannot live very long without fresh water.
We should remember that before modern times the Incas managed to sustain their culture over the rain line by collecting dew and directing it to cisterns for later distribution. Historical records indicate the use of water-collecting fog fences. These traditional methods have been fully passive, requiring no outside energy source other than naturally occurring temperatures. We’ve already developed water technology much superior to what the Incas deployed. There should be no reason why anyone anywhere around the world should have to endure because of the lack of available fresh water. And yet wars are always being fought for water rights. Today, the rising costs associated with the absence of potable fresh water have put mankind on the brink of a catastrophe that if not immediately addressed will add to the installation of a catastrophe of epic proportions which will soon explode on a global scale.
Yet, it continues to be the greed of man whether it is for corporate earnings, political gain, or the capability to control populations the available technologies that would significantly reduce the global tensions because of the lack of fresh available potable water are retained from reaching the places that benefit the most. When you have water companies using free solar power to harness enough clean water right form the air but purposely keep that technology cost prohibitive only further exasperates water shortages. The need is imperative that to defuse a ticking time bomb as a result of absence of fresh potable water these technologies have to be made available to regions and countries which are most at risk of suffering due to the shortage of fresh water. In the end water businesses will become more rewarding and global suffering of inhabitants will facilitate. All because now they will have available fresh water without having to struggle for water rights.