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Thirsty Yet? Eight Cities That Are Running Out of Water


World  (tags: no water, thirsty, Sao Paolo, Miami, Tokyo, Mexico City, Bangalore, Beijing, London, Cairo )

Sheryl
- 1365 days ago - takepart.com
The amount of rainfall a place gets is not the only factor in how much water is available to it. These major urban areas show how dire the coming global freshwater shortage could get.



   

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Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 26, 2015, 4:56 pm
The future will be raging with water wars+it isn't too far away either we'll witness it. thx Dandelion
 

Animae C (508)
Wednesday August 26, 2015, 5:28 pm
If it's not drying up in our excessive climate, it's being poisoned by industrial waste, fracking, etc.
i wish governments would realize & start doing more about it.

Thanx Dandelion
 

Freya H (345)
Wednesday August 26, 2015, 6:20 pm
At least Atlanta isn't running out of water - yet. But yes, the Water Wars are a-comin'.
 

Ben O (131)
Thursday August 27, 2015, 2:26 am
It's so unfair, in Sweden we have plenty of drinking water...
 

Ben O (131)
Thursday August 27, 2015, 2:29 am
One thing we can do is to give a day of safe drinking water for a child. It only takes 200 butterfly credits:
http://www.care2.com/rewards/redeem.html#gift-3962122
 

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday August 27, 2015, 8:49 am
Thanks for the reminder Ben.....
 

Winn Adams (179)
Thursday August 27, 2015, 11:34 am
Petition signed. Yes, let's remember to donate our credits for safe drinking water. Thanks Sheryl and Ben.
 

Janet B (0)
Thursday August 27, 2015, 12:21 pm
Thanks
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 27, 2015, 12:29 pm
Petition in the article signed.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 27, 2015, 12:30 pm
Thanks, Ben.....I will do that !
 

Birgit W (160)
Thursday August 27, 2015, 12:45 pm
People are going to realize that oil is not important anymore, but water is. We can live without oil but not without water. Petition signed.
 

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday August 27, 2015, 1:15 pm
Noted. Thanks, Dandelion. Petition at end of article--signed.
 

Athena F (131)
Thursday August 27, 2015, 1:43 pm
TPTB best start taking the climate crisis seriously, or we're going to see a lot more of this. I applaud the few who claim they will be taking steps to make things better, but they always set dates for years from now. We need action NOW, not in ten years.
 

Sheila D (194)
Thursday August 27, 2015, 2:06 pm
One thing many countries can do is stop the water bottling corps like Nestle from draining water supplies. Then there are the beautiful, water-wasting fountains and pools around the fancy buildings. Of course, quite a bit of water could be saved if fire hydrants aren't opened up in hot weather...yes, I do realize it's done in mostly poor neighborhoods, but that's a lot of water down the sewers. So much waste if only businesses and corporations would look and really do their fair share...but...
 

Catrin Schuetz-Kroehler (48)
Thursday August 27, 2015, 2:20 pm
Water will be the new oil.
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Thursday August 27, 2015, 3:28 pm
Signed the petition at the bottom and shared on facebook, Google+ and twittersphere.
Thanks Dandelion.
 

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Thursday August 27, 2015, 4:00 pm
My thoughts exactly Catrin. Signed, thanks Sheryl.
 

Colleen L (3)
Thursday August 27, 2015, 4:26 pm
Sad to keep reading this. We are in a major drought. Petition signed. Thanks Dandelion
 

Anne K (139)
Thursday August 27, 2015, 5:43 pm
Thanks, Dandelion.
 

Johanna Kidd (3)
Thursday August 27, 2015, 5:53 pm
Its so amazing that all of Australia has been forgotten yet (apart from Sydney at the moment due to flooding)we are very short on water&its an extreme problem here!
 

Lilly S (12)
Thursday August 27, 2015, 7:29 pm
Glad you brought this back to my mind. Thank U Dandelion.
 

Rose Becke (141)
Thursday August 27, 2015, 10:55 pm
Signed Petition too
 

Arild Warud (174)
Friday August 28, 2015, 3:06 am
Coming wars will not be about oil,it will be water.Petition signed,thanks Sheryl.
 

Nicolai L (39)
Friday August 28, 2015, 5:11 am
Thanks for sharing , noted :)
 

Dennis H (0)
Friday August 28, 2015, 5:54 am
Restoring wetland buffer zone for Miami would work. Should not have been destroyed!
 

Henry Silver (0)
Friday August 28, 2015, 7:24 am
Most fascinating
 

Donna G (42)
Friday August 28, 2015, 12:40 pm
I live in a small city in central WA. The poplation is typically 16,000 to 18,000. When the university is in session, there are more people. Our water comes from several underground wells which are fed by the reservoir. There has been a lot of development since I moved here in 1989. What used to be pasture has been converted to residential areas. Other areas along a county road that borders the city limits has had so much development into commercial buildings. Some of the buildings still have not been leased. I used to drive along this road before any buildings were there and watch the Canada geese that nested there. I would watch the goslings grow and develop into adults so that they could join the migration. I know Canada geese are not threatened or endangered; but, it was fun to watch the babies grow up.

I often wonder how all of the development will impact our water supply at some future date. We really have to curtail it sooner rather than later.
 

Janet B (0)
Friday August 28, 2015, 12:51 pm
Thanks
 

Roro l (0)
Friday August 28, 2015, 12:54 pm
Thanks
 

Judy C (91)
Friday August 28, 2015, 1:11 pm
This is going to become a very grave problem. Signed. Thanks Dandelion.
 

Judy C (91)
Friday August 28, 2015, 1:12 pm
I hope everyone is noticing the petition.
 

Adrienne L (9)
Friday August 28, 2015, 2:19 pm
Thanks for sharing.
 

Dotti L (85)
Friday August 28, 2015, 3:18 pm
@ Donna. You did not mention the terrible fires raging in Central WA. I live in Seattle. It was asked of us to cut back by 10% of water usage. I watch my water usage everyday. I could not believe that just yesterday at the apt. complex where I live, they power washed the trellis in the courtyard. I spoke of my concern to the manager, she shrugged her shoulders. No other resident had mentioned it. People just do not care!!! I care.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Friday August 28, 2015, 4:53 pm
We all NEED to care. Was wise of you to say something Dotti. One day, everyone will wished they cared and that isn't too far down the road.
 

Janis K (129)
Friday August 28, 2015, 5:14 pm
Thanks Dandelion
 

Cheryl Aaron (18)
Friday August 28, 2015, 5:40 pm
Hi Dandelion,
The Lake Michigan water is shared by at least 6 states each having a percent of control over it's usage. Indiana has allowed BP to dump a higher amount of pollutants into it's waters each year as their financial situation worsens. It is anticipated that we will be in a real battle as less and less water becomes drinkable...peace.
 

Sheryl G (359)
Friday August 28, 2015, 6:13 pm
Water IS Sacred. No water....no life.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday August 28, 2015, 8:28 pm
Noted, signed---and "freaked out"--even though I knew it was upon us---to see the report is totally disheartening. I know this drought and other climate changes, and the ongoing destruction of Earth and all living hasn't even peaked. It's just the beginning of a rapid decline, and the evil 1% that rules the planet, seem not to be stepping up to try to repair the damage that they're mostly to blame for. They've got most of the money and about all the control. It's a nightmare we can't wake from. My love to all good souls and wishes for sweet dreams of what should and could have been. Everyone think strong, positive thoughts and imagine the glowing beauty.of a magical triple rainbow, as cascades of sparkling crystal raindrops fall upon all lands.
 

Mandi T (367)
Saturday August 29, 2015, 12:45 pm
Signed
 

Janet B (0)
Saturday August 29, 2015, 12:59 pm
Thanks
 

Hent catalina - maria (95)
Saturday August 29, 2015, 1:27 pm
Thanks, Dandelion.
 

Shirley S (187)
Saturday August 29, 2015, 11:23 pm
Water conservation is an important forward planning process which I am proud to state that here in my area of AU has been implemented for a few years.
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Sunday August 30, 2015, 2:30 am
Noted
 

Sheryl G (359)
Monday August 31, 2015, 5:00 am
From other things you've also wrote Shirley you seem to be living in a wise area.
 

Maryann S (112)
Monday August 31, 2015, 6:25 pm
Thanks for sharing , noted & signed.
 

Melania P (123)
Monday October 19, 2015, 10:30 am
Keep on having babies... I pity the future generations, well, us too....
 

Sheryl G (359)
Monday October 19, 2015, 11:16 am
While the continued growth in population does play into this the leadership plays a larger role. The articles reflect a mismanagement of funding to repair broken pipes, the corruption that goes on funnels money away from projects that would be more efficient in dealing with the water that is there.

One can encourage limitation on family size but some religions forbid them to have birth control or the cost of this is too high for people. Is not enough just to say don't have, the cultures must become educated and the religious leaders need to get up to speed on the control of population is not sin to prevent more children but is more sinful in my eyes to insist on having more children.

Leaders could of moved quicker to stop deforestation, to move away from fossil fuels towards greener ways of providing and meeting energy needs. Certainly the more people the more require housing, clothing, foods and such, but again, with a healthier population that has more education and is in control of it's own destiny of clean water, birth control, so on so forth, people tend to lower their own birth rate. The poor have many more children because so of their children die, without a social net for people when they become older, their children are their social net for them.

Lots needs to be done in many directions....to simply say, stop having babies is that....simple. This issue is far more complex and needs to be addressed at many levels.
 
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