The Earth is facing a water crisis


TJ Raden

Water crisis effects all bodies of water, including the Mississippi River.

People on earth currently need to be concerned about where their fresh water is coming from, why it is drying up, and what they can do to conserve it.

The percent of drinkable water on our planet is >1%.”

— National Geographic

According to National Geographic, “an aquifer is an underground layer of water-bearing rock.” There are three aquifers across the US:  California, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico. The California aquifer is almost gone. If California doesn’t start conserving water, they will be out in 60-100 years. According to the United States Geologic Survey, the water table is the lowest it has ever been. This particular aquifer is a confined aquifer, which means it is surrounded by impermeable rock, which is why it takes so long to recharge.

TJ Raden
White Water on the Mississippi

Even the aquifer that supplies water to the Midwest is running out. The Ogallala aquifer runs from southern South Dakota to central Texas. This Aquifer is surrounded by permeable rock, so it will recharge over time.

The rest of the world is also struggling from this. The water crisis is not just in the Middle East; it is right here in our backyards. Aquifers all over the United States are being drained faster than they are being recharged. Less than 1% of the world’s water is safe for drinking.

Most people think that desalinization (taking salt out of ocean water) is the answer to this crisis, it is not. When you do this you get a thing called brine, and it is super concentrated salt and no one knows where to put it. You can’t put it back into the ocean because it will make the ocean’s salinity go up, making it more difficult to desalinize, and it will put more salt in out groundwater, according to the United States Geologic Survey.

As of right now, there is no sure fix. The best thing you can do in your day-to-day lives is conserve water. Take shorter showers and turn off the faucet when you brush your teeth. Be conscious of the world that you live in, that includes water.