By the year 2025 as much as 2/3rds of the world’s population could be living in areas where water is in short supply. As the supply is reduced, and infrastructure continues to age, we are about to see an increase in the cost of drinkable water. It will affect millions of people in the United States and throughout the world.
Like many states in the west, Colorado, where 85-95% of the water in the state comes from snowmelt, is facing decreasing snowfall totals as global warming continues. With populations increasing and water supplies at risk important Colorado industries such as the marijuana and brewery industries are facing threats to their continued growth.
This week we look at the issues that are contributing to the impeding water crisis from both a global and local perspective, how cities and countries are addressing such issues and what we need to be conscious of as water becomes more scare, and more expensive.