Five Myths About Water Shortages

Myth #1:  The US is immune from water shortages

“That is Myth #1,” says Klaus Reichardt, CEO and founder of Waterless Co., manufacturers of no-water urinal systems. “The U.S. is not immune to water shortages and we can no longer expect an endless supply of inexpensive water in this country.”

Myth #2: There is no world water crisis.

This myth is more prevalent in North America than anywhere else. The truth of the matter is, 1.1 billion people—the equivalent of one of every six people on the planet—do not have access to clean, sustainable water.

Myth #3: Climate change has nothing to do with water shortages.

According to a February 2012 report in the ACS Journal of Environmental Research Science & Technology, more than 1 in 3 counties in the United States could face a “high” or “extreme” risk of water shortage due to climate change by the middle of the 21st century.

Myth #4: Water scarcity will remain primarily a third-world problem

There is every indication that water scarcity will be a growing problem in all corners of the world in the 21st century.

Myth #5: There is not much I can do to make a difference.

Conserving water and using it more efficiently is something all of us—at home, in the office, or at school—must do. This is a joint venture and it requires everyone’s participation.

Lots of old folktales prevail about how to save and conserve water—even if it really is necessary.  However, water and water conservation are becoming very serious issues around the world.