The water crisis can put our planet in check

The documentary In a nutshell Netflix explains the water crisis the planet is suffering.

Water is the most valuable natural resource we have on Earth. One that has the purpose of supplying the planet and also an economic, as well as social, utility.

We are lucky to have a tap and get the water we want at the time we prefer. But, in reality, we are facing a possible global crisis regarding water.

One way to become aware of the situation is to watch the Explained documentary (or in its translation In a nutshell) of the Netflix platform and that you can enjoy its contents with Movistar +.

How much water do we have?

That’s the million dollar question. A priori it may seem like a trap since three-fourths of the planet are water.

But how much water is there for human consumption? Well, if the calculations are correct, the volume of water on our planet is 1,386 million cubic meters, of which only 2.5% are freshwater reserves (approximately 35 million cubic meters).

This small amount of fresh water on the planet, most of it is concentrated in glaciers (69%) and the remaining 30% is in underground aquifers, so both ways in which fresh water is concentrated They are hard to reach.

Only the population has access to 1% of the fresh water in these reserves and they are found in rivers and lakes. And yet, a part is available for human consumption if we take into account that more than half of the rivers on the planet are contaminated.

Can a city run out of water?

Of course that case can happen. Without going any further, South Africa was to become the first country in the world to run out of water.

The South African government had planned to date the total water restrictions and thus avoid the catastrophe. A moment that was postponed due to the mobilizations made by the population to curb the shortage.

It should be said that South Africa continues to have drought stages and options are already being considered to alleviate, at least in the short term, the problem of water. And one of those initiatives that the African country is considering is “borrowing” an iceberg and transforming it into drinking water.

An idea that seems taken from a movie but, unfortunately, is the pure reality that we have time to reverse the situation and avoid more cases like South Africa in other parts of the blue planet.

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