Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security

Water Fact Sheet Looks at Threats, Trends, Solutions

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What percent of the world's water is drinkable? How many gallons does the average American use? How much do we spend on bottled water? To mark World Water Day (March 23) and answer these and other water-related
questions, the Pacific Institute has created a water fact sheet that looks at key trends, emerging threats, and possible solutions.

On the subject of water, three key trends confront us: Global Warming will likely change rainfall and runoff patterns and seriously impact our water supplies both in the United States and abroad; 1.2 billion people in the developing world still don't have access to clean drinking water and pressure from pollution, wetland destruction, and climate change is threatening to make this worse; the dangers of water privatization demand greater scrutiny from governments and the public.

New approaches to the way we manage water are key to meeting these challenges. Water managers, policy-makers and the general public must recognize that today's threats will become tomorrow's tragedies without swift action to combat climate change, protect wetlands, guard against the dangers of privatization, and reduce our use of water. The good news is by improving how efficiently we use water we can protect the environment, provide for agriculture and industry, and ensure there is plenty of clean drinking water for people around the world.

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