What is the world water crisis?

Updated: Nov 4, 2020

world water crisis

Water scarcity is the lack of freshwater resources to meet water demand. It affects every continent and was listed in 2019 by the World Economic Forum as one of the largest global risks in terms of potential impact over the next decade.

Billions of People Lack Water

Clean freshwater is an essential ingredient for a healthy human life, but 1.1 billion people lack access to water and 2.7 billion experience water scarcity at least one month a year. By 2025, two-thirds of the world's population may be facing water shortages.

Water is essential to life, yet 844 million people in the world - 1 in 9 - lack access to it. According to a report by the World Economic Forum, the water crisis is the #4 global risk in terms of impact on society.


Access to safe water can protect and save lives, just because it's there. Access to safe water has the power to turn time spent into time saved, when it's close and not hours away.

Africa example:

Africa is projected to add 3 billion people this century. With the continent at risk for the desertification of arable lands/shortages of water, how will this be sustained?

Africa’s population growth is not due to having more babies, but rather it is due to improvement in reducing the death rate, and increasing life expectancy.

The problem the world has is not solely due to overpopulation, but rather the greedy overexploitation of irreplaceable resources.

From Wikipedia, we can learn that, “20% of the people in developed nations consume 86% of the world's goods. 12% of the world's population uses 85 percent of its water. Globally, 20% of the world's people in the highest-income countries account for 86% of total private consumption expenditures “

Access to safe water can turn problems into potential: unlocking education, economic prosperity, and improved health.

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