Experts warn of global water scarcity following Cape Town crisis

Experts warn of global water scarcity following Cape Town crisis

Mubasher: Despite recent South African government’s efforts to solve Cape Town’s water shortage crisis, analysts still expect that the city would see its water taps run dry and the resources would be limited by 2019.

Experts projected that Cape Town’s water scarcity would mark the beginning of a wider crisis across several cities all around the globe, warning that people from all over the world should be prepared for running out of water scenario.

“It won't be the same exact scenario that Cape Town is facing. It might be pollution, drought, drier climates or significant population growth," Stratfor’s senior science and technology analyst Rebecca Keller told CNBC.

Water scarcity should be acknowledged as a real and serious problem and cities should start working to find radical solutions, although many cities would figure out temporary solutions to avoid, the director of the World Resources Institute's global water program Betsy Otto said, noting that most cities, however, would find temporary solutions to avoid direct and immediate risks.

“It may be hard to fathom just how cities could be at risk of a water scarcity crisis when approximately 70% of the world is made up of the resource. The stark reality, however, is that the percentage of fresh water probably only amounts to about 2.5%,” CNBC reported.

Furthermore, a considerable amount of water is locked up in ice and snow, which means that only 1% of all fresh water is easily accessible to the global population, according to the news website.

The report also pointed out the unequal access to water globally as a growing problem as rich communities find more ways to access water, while poorer populations have less abilities.