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World faces shortage of fresh water


Low availability of fresh water and steady growth in population across the world would make water dearer in less than a decade, warned an expert at a seminar organised jointly by the Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) and Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) yesterday.
While making a presentation, Mahzaben Mannan of the Sustainable Development College of Science and Engineering at the Hamad Bin Khalifa University said one-third of the global population would find it extremely difficult to access fresh water by 2025, as there has been no significant rise in the availability of fresh water over the years.
The world population which was 6.93bn in 2010, now stands at 7.6bn and is expected to rise to 8.14bn in 2025. “However, there has been no perceivable increase in the availability of fresh water,” she said.
Except for Europe and North America, the availability of fresh water would be a major issue in the next decade, she said.
With examples, Mannan also said that the GDP from construction activity is perhaps the highest in Qatar compared to countries as the US, Australia, Canada, the UK and Saudi Arabia. While it is close to 15%, in Qatar, it is less than 5% in most other countries, she said. It shows how enormous is the use of water in Qatar, she added.


3 Comments on "World faces shortage of fresh water"

  1. Jef on Tue, 27th Mar 2018 7:44 am 

    I love these predictions for the future where there just might be a bit of an issue for 2 or 3 BILLION people to get a glass of drinkable water by _________.

    A billion or so don’t have easy access to potable water right now. Hundreds of thousands are dying due to lack of food, water, sanitation (the other half of the water issue), right now.

    We don’t have to wait until 2025 it is happening right NOW and the world should drop everything and change this NOW. or not.

    “5.6 million children under the age of 5 years died in 2016. This translates into 15 000 under-five deaths per day.”

  2. Jef on Tue, 27th Mar 2018 7:52 am 

    “…as there has been no significant rise in the availability of fresh water over the years.”

    What the f#@k does that even mean?

    “Breaking; No new mountain ranges with glaciers, snow pack, rivers, lakes, filling mega aquifers have been created for some time now. This could be an issue in the coming years.”

  3. Kenz300 on Thu, 29th Mar 2018 12:28 pm 

    Yet the world adds 80 million more people to the worlds population every year….

    More water needed for more people.

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