As a society, if we continue to mindlessly use as much water as we please without careful water management practices, we too could end up like the Mayan civilization. Wars over resources is something we are beginning to understand is possible with the war in the middle east over oil. This is why we should conserve water.
Water is essential for all dimensions of life
Over the past few decades, use of water has increased, and in many places water availability is falling to crisis levels. More than eighty countries, with forty percent of the world’s population, are already facing water shortages, while by year 2020 the world’s population will double. The costs of water infrastructure have risen dramatically. The quality of water in rivers and underground has deteriorated, due to pollution by waste and contaminants from cities, industry and agriculture. Ecosystems are being destroyed, sometimes permanently. Over one billion people lack safe water, and three billion lack sanitation; eighty per cent of infectious diseases are waterborne, killing millions of children each year