World water issues are worse than global warming, but there are measurable solutions in the wings

Ever since I saw a PBS show based on Cadillac Desert years ago, I've been really conscious of water issues. Unlike global warming, we can measure water shortages and the dropping water table.

It looks like the free market is riding to the rescue.

Sites in emerging markets anticipate severe shortages of drinking water, but so do regions in Europe, South America and Australia. Nearly half of the hospital beds in the world host people with waterborne diseases.

Meanwhile, water consumption continues to escalate.

To top it off, we waste a lot of water. Nearly 60 percent of the drinking water in Chicago never makes it to the tap. It leaks out first.

The crisis, however, has drawn the attention of several start-ups and large conglomerates such as Siemens and General Electric. Some of the solutions to the world's water problems sound both obvious and brilliant.

So someone may profit from the solution, what of it? The desire for profit has driven more scientific and technical advances than anything else in history. Dairies didn't start pasteurizing milk until they figured that it would bring more sales. American cars didn't become gas efficient until after small imports started taking away sales. We'd still be stuck playing vinyl records if tapes and then CDs hadn't displaced the market.

Competition drives the prices down, and it looks like that is already happening.

Now the only thing that we have to do is keep government out of the picture, and you can count on the water problems being solved.

All without raising your taxes or declaring an emergency. Heck, we won't even have to do it "for the children."

— NeoWayland

Posted: Fri - February 9, 2007 at 11:05 PM  Tag

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