Article Facingthe Water Crisis ArticleSource/Date/Author: ScientificAmerican/2008/Peter Rodgers
Demand for fresh water has caused pressure on the resource
Demand exceeds supply in most parts of the world
Demand increases in areas with high population density
Golden rule – water is paid for to reduce pressure caused by high demand
Policymakers should protect ecosystems that provide water
Good pricing policies that achieves the highest water conservation is desirable
Prices compel municipalities to reduce losses
Water delivery systems should be improved
Efficient ways of applying water on the farm should also be developed
Leaks in the water delivery systems should be avoided
Low-tech systems solve water scarcity problems
Improved desalination methods boost supplies without destroying the ecosystem
Infrastructure for water conservation need to be implemented
Low-cost storage system should be implemented
Constraining demand and/or increasing supply can solve water shortage problem
of Author’s Main Points:
Themain point of the article is that policy makers should implement thebest policies to reduce water crisis. Many parts of Africa and Asiaface water problems due to ineffective mechanisms of distribution(Rogers 2008). First, demand should be determined in order to supplywater to the areas that need it most. Pricing strategies should thenbe used to minimize losses. Water shortage can also be avoided byusing good infrastructure with minimum leakages and good storage.
My Own Thoughts on the Topic
Wateris an essential part of human survival. Therefore, human beings needto conserve it using appropriate mechanisms. Although I think it isnot fair to charge money on this natural resource, giving it for freewould also lead to wastage. Water should be conserved so thateveryone, including the rich and the poor can access it. The bestconservation method is to use it in the best ways possible and avoidlosses.
Relation to class
This article is related to the topic, “Water: resources and pollution” because they both talk about water conservation
Like the topic about water learned in class, this article talks about possible ways of water shortages and how demand can be matched with demand.
If water is a natural resource like air, why should it be paid for?
Does water treatment lead to protection of the ecosystem?
Rogers,Peter. Facingthe Freshwater Crisis.Scientific American, 2008. Print.