“What would you like to drink?”

“I’ll just have a water.”

“Sorry, we’re out of that…”

Water. It’s one of those things in our lives that we take for granted, right alongside sturdy houses, warm clothes, and fresh food. Daily, we use water in massive amounts; When we shower for 20 minutes. When we flush several times a day. When we leave the sink on while brushing our teeth or shaving. When we run our laundry or dish washer. When we chug a bottle after a long run… or chug 3 after a long night out. We love water and we certainly could not live without it.

The fact is, the world is slowly running out of clean water.

So it worries me when I see what’s happening to our water. I’ve always considered water an unlimited resource. Something that has always been here and always will be here for us to utilize. I mean, there is just so much of it, right? The fact is, the world is slowly running out of clean water.

Our largest lakes and rivers, which have supported populations for centuries, are drying out. Many people are aware of the ongoing drought in California. I love California. It’s one of the most beautiful places in the world. It disheartens me to know that California is projected to only have a 20 year supply of fresh water left.

Water isn’t just to clean ourselves and quench our thirst. Water is how we grow crops. Water is used to support our cities’ infrastructure. Water is what 65% of our body is made of. Without water, we will be more than just thirsty and dirty. We will no longer be able to live the way we do. It is the most vital substance on earth. It is what makes life possible. It is what makes earth unique. Without water, we are nothing.

Last year, the World Economic Forum ranked the water crisis as the No. 1 global risk based on impact to society.

Last year, the World Economic Forum ranked the water crisis as the No. 1 global risk based on impact to society.

Here are 10 scary facts that should send an incredibly sobering message to everyone:

  1. 1.8 billion people around the world lack access to safe water.
  2. By 2030, the global need for water will exceed the global supply of water by a massive 40 percent.
  3. 160 million children suffer from growth stunting and malnutrition due to unsafe water.
  4. Each year, nearly 1 million people die from water-related disease caused by drinking unsafe water.
  5. The average time it takes to collect fresh water in third world countries is 6 hours a day.
  6. Every 90 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease.
  7. By 2025 (10 years from now), it is projected that two-thirds of the world’s population will live in “water-stressed” areas.
  8. 40% of all rivers and 46% of all lakes have become so polluted that they are no longer fit for human use.
  9. In China, 80% of the water is so polluted that it does not even support any aquatic life.
  10. There has been an increase in international disputes and conflicts over water in recent years. It is believed that the next world war will due to the lack of fresh water world wide.

However, today is a new day. There is always hope.
What can we do to change the direction we are headed in? How can we fix the world water crisis?

Reduce Daily Water Use:

The amount of water we use on a daily basis continues to grow. We can cut back by following a few simple steps:

  1. Cut your shower time in half.
  2. Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or shaving.
  3. Use the dishwasher or laundry for full loads only.
  4. Eat less beef and pork. The livestock industry consumes over half of the worlds fresh water.

Reduce Water Pollution:

Our fresh water sources are becoming polluted due to agricultural and industrial runoff which brings animal feces from livestock, chemicals from farms, and garbage from city streets into our water system. We can reduce pollution by making a few minor lifestyle adjustments:

  1.  Keep the streets clean. It takes two seconds to walk to a garbage can to throw away your trash.
  2.  Eat more organic fruits and vegetables to limit chemical waste.
  3.  Cut the amount of meat you consume in half. In fact, cut it out entirely if you can. Livestock is one of the largest contributors to water pollution.

Overall – Spread the awareness. Let people know about this problem. Let’s move quick. Let’s make this change a reality. That is, unless you want to start spray painting your mouths silver, worshipping a water god and fighting to the death to get your hands on fresh water, just like in the water-scarce world of Mad Max – an imaginary and exaggerated, yet not so far-off reality.