While we often forget about water scarcity in the USA, the lack of access to fresh, quality water is a problem worldwide. Even places with high levels of precipitation such as Florida, face a lack of freshwater during the dry season. Much of our freshwater supplies are used for agriculture, including water in areas were aquafers are being consumed at unsustainable rates.
What can be done about the lack of water access? First, water needs to be treated as a vital commodity. Besides reducing use through conservation, we should also work to minimize pollution and recycle wastewater as much as possible.
The following article appeared in the Albany Daily Star and has a great map to show areas with water scarcity.
Erik Rumbaugh has been involved in biological waste treatment for over 20 years. He has worked with industrial and municipal wastewater facilities to ensure optimal performance of their treatment systems. He is a founder of Aster Bio (www.asterbio.com) specializing in biological waste treatment.
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