BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT

Whilst researching this chapter, I searched on the Internet for ‘water as a scarce resource’, finding information from the World Health Organization (WHO) website (www.who.int).

Ten facts about water scarcity

  1. Water scarcity occurs even in areas where there is plenty of rainfall or freshwater. How water is conserved, used and distributed in communities, and the quality of the water available, can determine if there is enough to meet the demands of households, farms, industry and the environment.
  2. Water scarcity affects one in three people on every continent of the globe. The situation is getting worse as needs for water rise along with population growth, urbanisation and increases in household and industrial uses.
  3. Almost ...

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