United Nations Predicts
Scarcity By 2025
If Trends Continue
Raising the water alarm
By Ernesto Ordoñez
Philippine Daily Inquirer
MANILA, Philippines — “Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink!” This was the lament of a person stranded on an ocean with no land in sight, and facing the grim prospect of death. Today, it is the lament of many people in far-flung barrios who, while having access to water, still do not have the prospect of drinking safe water. They, also, face sickness and possible death.
But water is not just for drinking; it is also the lifeblood of agriculture. Without water, we will be without food. Water is needed for many other uses, such as industrial, municipal, and environmental protection purposes. Today, we are on the brink of a water crisis which, if not addressed immediately, may threaten the very survival of our nation.
According to a United Nations study, “By 2025, if current trends persist, as much as two-thirds of the world’s population will be living with a serious scarcity of water.”