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Blog Posting Assignment #2 (Due by the beginning of Class 9, November 2, 2016)

Read the article "The Water deficit" available in Blackboard and also check the website of the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).

Think of two things that can be done without large money investments in an effort to improve current state of water shortage and waste. For example, as a student at UAlbany what two things you can do to help the situation?

Do not just answer in one-two sentences. It should be a paragraph (7-8 sentences minimum) using examples from the readings.


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In the article entitled, “The Water Deficit” by David Molden, farmers are receiving payments and investments from city dwellers to engage in more sustainable practices that will use less water, but produce more food. However, large money investments are not necessary in making an effort to improve water shortage and waste in everyday life. As a UAlbany student, one way I could improve water shortage is by decreasing the time I spend in the shower. I spend at least twenty minutes in the shower, which is more than enough time. By shaving off about ten or even fifteen minutes in the shower, I would be saving gallons of water. Another way I could reduce water usage is by turning off the water while I brush my teeth. I tend to leave the water running, as do some people. Turning off the pipe while brushing will not waste clean water and is a habit everyone should adapt. We have to adapt to sustainable practices that would minimize the amount of water we use, like how the farmers must find ways to use less water to support farming in the long run.

In todays world, water shortages have become a great concern to everybody. Farmers are effected by this, as stated in the article, and the shortage is said to reflect greatly over the next 30 years,especially in food production. You may be thinking that water is a natural resource that humans have no control over, but we can take preventative measures everyday to assure our water supply doesn't continue depleting. One way to improve the water shortage is simply educating the public on the topic. For years this has been an issue and people have tried to raise awareness towards it, but it is a different time now. There are multiple new platforms, thanks to the growth of social media, that can be used to help raise awareness. The Stockholm International Water Institute is an example of this and they use their website to promote solutions that maintain the water still available to us. So as a student, directing the attention of others to these websites or different campaigns, can help reduce the issue. Another action which can be taken to resolve water depletion is quite simple, reducing the water wasted during showers. Many people turn their showers on for probably 5 minutes to get a warm temperature before they actually step foot into it. This factor alone wastes around 15 gallons of water. Just by being conscience about this and taking more efficient showers, the amount of water saved would be substantial. There are so many different ways to preserve water and raise awareness pertaining to the issue that just by being aware that this is occurring, we can reduce water waste exponentially.

With increasing concerns with the production of food and the use of a limited water supply, solutions must be found to assist in these critical areas. One possible solution is to be more conservative with recreational uses of water. One could reduce the stream or duration of showers to avoid unnecessary usage. Moreover, field areas that are not allocated for specific purposes can be designated for agriculture, thus leading to another local source of food. These actions allow for food brought to the area to instead be shipped to places more in need of food. As described in the article, "promote vegetation" and "the clearing of land to make way for more productive farmland" are key ideas to consider when trying to solve some of the contemporary issues like water shortage and the need for increased agriculture.

The worlds water supply has become an issue over the years. There are people around the world who don’t have a consistent supply of clean water for everyday use. This problem may not seem real or a big issue now but it can be over the years to come, if we still choose to waste water or take advantage of the clean water we do have. Some common ways everyday people can do to preserve water is by not letting the water run while you are not using it, take shorter showers, and not waste drinking water. Other ways like recycling or reusing bottles so that it prevents garbage to pill up on our landfills. This will help prevent our water supplies from becoming contaminated. It may not seem like it’s a lot by one person but, collectively we can make a change so that we will have water for the future.

The increasing water deficit within Africa is truly saddening. That is why crops need to be genetically engineered. Yes, we've heard of the phrase GMO, but in this situation GMO's are actually useful. If we can genetically alter a crop to consume less water and withstand drought-like conditions it would be a perfect solution to this crisis. Currently "agriculture currently withdraws about 70 to 90 percent of our developed water supplies, and increased use of water for irrigation..."(McCartney) therefore with this invention the percentage would drop significantly. Hopefully this crisis will be averted. Whether its due to GMO's or not, this is a concrete idea of a solution to the water deficit.

To help with the water storage, people can try their best not to pollute fresh water or waste water. There can be restrictions on how long people take showers and we can try to make efforts to clean our water. In addition, countries that have an ample amount of fresh water supply, should donate to the countries that need it the most. It's not fair for people to live like this. At UAlbany we can try to conserve water and donate water to countries that need it.

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