Which countries will run out of water in 20 years?


Anyone who is concerned about the worsening climate should know which countries will run out of water in 20 years. Even though people try to deny the existence of global warming and/or its effects, the prevalence of water shortage all through the world is a glaring result of that.

Water is a crucial part of human survival. 70% of the human body consists of water and it is required for all body functions. So, regular access to water is vital. Sadly, many countries are now facing a severe crisis in their water reserves. Unless something is done to replenish the water level, a lot of people will face risk to their lives. The water crisis is happening for different reasons. Unnecessary use of water, unequal distribution within the population, inadequate number of sources – all of these are contributing to the problem. As less than 3% of the world’s water is suitable for direct consumption, the rationing and planning is quite important to have sufficient water for every one of the seven billion world population.

The countries that are affected most by water crisis show at least one of three common features. They have arid lands and very warm climate, the government is inefficient in managing water properly or they are stuck with deep political problems which cut them off from water sources. Countries like Azerbaijan, Libya and Oman have few water sources inland and the demand is so high that the reserves are depleting quickly. The governments of Kyrgyzstan, Iran and Macedonia are currently incapable of making the right decisions on reducing waste and improving water supply. Yemen, Jordan, Lebanon and especially Palestine are burdened with political pressures from either inside or outside and they are really in a dire condition.

If you want to know more on this topic, take a look at Insider Monkey’s 10 Countries that Will Run Out of Water in 20 Years to read about their take on this issue.