England's Environmental Agency warns that within 25 years, the country will not have enough water to supply its growing population.
There are a number of things that we are constantly reminded the Earth is running desperately low on. Fossil fuels are at the top of that list, although that might be a good thing. We have relied on oil, gas, and coal to provide us with energy for a long time, however, our extensive use of it means supplies of all three are almost entirely depleted. That has forced us to seek out alternatives.
One thing you would think the planet has an abundance of is water. More than two-thirds of its surface is covered with it after all. However, according to the English Environmental Agency, England is at risk of facing a severe water shortage around 25 years from now, reports BBC. Climate change coupled with an increasing population poses an "existential threat" says agency head, Sir James Bevan.
Bevan pulled no punches when describing what exactly England might face in terms of a water shortage. In fact, he told the Waterside conference that wasting water needs to be viewed as being "as socially unacceptable as blowing smoke in the face of a baby." Bevan also made valid points when it comes to changes that have been made in the past, and that the battle to cut down on water use should be in the same bracket as our efforts to use less plastic.
Most of us probably don't realize how much water we use per day, on average. Around 140 liters, or a little more than 246 pints. Bevan indicated that if people can cut that use to around 100 liters (176 pints) per day, coupled with action being taken to battle leakage, it would free up enough water for an extra 20 million people. There are a number of simple ways in which we can cut that total.
Take showers instead of baths. Honestly, we thought pretty much everyone did that by this point anyway. Turn the tap off when brushing your teeth. Stop watering your lawn. Don't turn on the dishwasher until it's full. Honestly, all things that we can and should already be doing. Plus, we'd be surprised if this is an issue that only threatens England since climate change and population growth are worldwide problems.