Water scarcity is on the rise around the world, with an estimated one billion people now living in areas where there is no tap or bottled water.
Water is being rationed across the globe, with many people choosing to drink only boiled water in place of the more sustainable tap water that is often available.
The challenge facing the world is that many of these water-starved populations are consuming large quantities of water in order to survive, according to a new report released by the World Water Organization.
“In developing countries, we are at a tipping point where water consumption is becoming an increasing problem,” said Andrew Lomax, senior vice president for global water, at the organization.
“The demand for water in these areas is growing, and we have a critical window of opportunity to turn this around.”
The challenge is that water is scarce in many parts of the world and most people in these places are living with limited access to water and have to rely on bottled water as a primary source of water, said Lomux.
The World Water Foundation’s report is based on water availability data and the results of an assessment conducted in 19 countries around the globe.
In the U.S., water availability is a major concern, with more than three million Americans facing a water shortage, according the report.
It also notes that more than a third of the U,S.
population consumes less than half of the amount of water that it needs to live a healthy lifestyle.
Water shortages can have severe consequences for people, especially children, who are often left to fend for themselves when the water runs low.
Lomax said there are several ways that water shortages could impact water consumption, including people drinking too much water, using too much clean water and relying on dirty water sources.
Lomborg is urging countries to make investments in new and innovative ways to meet water needs and to invest in better water quality and sanitation.