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Alarm Bells Sound For European Water Supply As Hot Weather Looms
Summer has still to make its official start in Europe, yet many countries are sweating - and it has less to do with the immediate temperature than out of worry for their water supplies.
If the sun god Apollo decides to put on a show similar to the heatwave that held western Europe in a molten grip in 2003, half a dozen countries are on course for water shortages that will be socially disruptive and economically costly, experts and officials say.
Southern Spain, southeastern England and western and southern France are viewed as chronically vulnerable, while eyes are anxiously following water availability in parts of Portugal, Italy and Greece, incompletely recovered from the scorcher of three years ago.
Several years of above-average temperatures, below-average rainfall and extraction of water for farms, holiday homes and population densification are driving the big crunch.
Experts: Ethanol's water demands a concern
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - City officials in Champaign and Urbana took notice when they heard that an ethanol plant proposed nearby would use about 2 million gallons of water per day, most likely from the aquifer that also supplies both cities.
"There was concern about impacting a pretty valuable resource," said Matt Wempe, a city planner for Urbana. "It should raise red flags."
The proposal for a 100 million gallon-per-year ethanol plant is just one of many that have popped up in the past several months across Illinois, which already has seven operating plants and is the nation's No. 2 ethanol producer after Iowa...
Originally posted by spanishcaravan
It makes me annoyed when i hear we're running out of drinkable water,especially when we can drink sea water so easily.
"Desalinated seawater is as pure as purified water sold on the market, " Li says. "A small amount of seawater would be added to meet the mineral needs of the human body. After high-temperature treatment, the water is purified, its salt content even lower than that in the piped water we drink now."
Originally posted by jumpspace
Water will be the new gold of the future I believe.
Originally posted by spanishcaravan
The only reason we dont have many de-salination plants is beacause of cost,and envirionmentalists. If it costs too much money,then the gov't isnt interested.
Originally posted by Astronomer70
The worldwide situation with water is going to get a lot worse than it currently is ...Water is absolutely essential to human life and as it becomes scarce trouble will erupt over it and get worse over time. Massive die-offs and migrations will happen whether we like it or not and borders are not going to make one whit of difference.
Water scarce in southwest
MORE than 11 million people in Chongqing Municipality and neighboring Sichuan Province lack adequate drinking water due to a summer drought.
About 8 million people across 40 counties in Chongqing have run out of drinking water.
In Sichuan, the temperature has remained above 38 degrees Celsius during the past month. The temperature in Chongqing climbed to 43 degrees yesterday.
Another 3.1 million people in Sichuan were short of drinking water.
Crops on large tracts of farmland have withered. Many regions will not have a harvest this year. The drought has caused economic losses of 9.23 billion yuan (US$1.15 billion) in the two regions.
Billions face water shortages, crisis looms
A third of the world is facing water shortages because of poor management of water resources and soaring water usage, driven mainly by agriculture, the International Water Management Institute said on Wednesday.
Water scarcity around the world was increasing faster than expected, with agriculture accounting for 80 percent of global water consumption, the world authority on fresh water management told a development conference in Canberra.
Globally, water usage had increased by six times in the past 100 years and would double again by 2050, driven mainly by irrigation and demands by agriculture, said Frank Rijsberman, the institute's director-general.
Ireland: ONE-THIRD of the groundwater samples tested for quality by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) were found to be contaminated by sewage, according to a shocking new report.
Of those tested, 11% were grossly contaminated, the environmental watchdog found.
Similarly, one-third of all rivers, 22% of estuaries and coastal waters and 10% of lakes tested for water quality have been found to exceed legal levels of pollution while the number of fish kills remains at “an unacceptably high level”.
The EPA report found 23% of the groundwater locations examined exceeded the national guideline value for nitrate concentration for drinking water and 2% were in excess of the mandatory limit.