JUN 19, 2015 11:50 AM PDT

Are Humans Sucking the Earth's Fresh Water Supply Dry?

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard
4 11 1109


One of the main sources used to obtain fresh drinking water around the world are the aquifers underground. These are large rock and dirt structures that act as water filters. We obtain it by drilling wells into these aquifers and pumping the water up.

There is growing evidence to suggest that we are draining these aquifers faster than they can replenish their water supply. This is of course, a bad thing, because as the water levels deplete, the less fresh drinking water we have available.

Of the 37 largest aquifers on Earth, 21 of them are showing lower than normal levels of fresh water.

An aquifer is something that occurs naturally, so it is really difficult to try and "fix" this problem without making changes to our habits. The only way to really fix the water depletion problems would be to limit aquifer drilling.

There are other ways to obtain drinking water, such as filtering, cleaning, and treating salt water, fresh water, and recycling existing water, but people just tend to enjoy natural fresh water more than purified water because of the taste.

We will have to do something soon, or we could be faced with larger fresh water supply problems.

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
JUL 25, 2018
Videos
JUL 25, 2018
What the Cockroach Genome can Teach us
The genome of the cockroach was recently sequenced, and scientists have gained some insight into why they are so tough.
JUL 29, 2018
Space & Astronomy
JUL 29, 2018
Algae in Space: A Potential Food and Fuel Source?
During SpaceX’s recent CRS-15 launch, a mission to resupply the International Space Station with fresh supplies, the commercial space company’s
JUL 31, 2018
Videos
JUL 31, 2018
Tired of Coffee? Try These Ideas for a Boost of Energy
A good strong cup of coffee first thing in the morning, at lunch, on a break or just about anytime can be a real boost. Not everyone likes coffee though, a
AUG 08, 2018
Videos
AUG 08, 2018
The Basics of Genetics
Get the lowdown on some basic concepts in genetics, and learn how the field got its start.
AUG 10, 2018
Chemistry & Physics
AUG 10, 2018
The Chemistry in Yellowstone's Deadly Hot Springs
The Yellowstone National Park is famous for its geysers and the hydrothermal system otherwise known as the hot springs. But such spectacular landscape hide
AUG 13, 2018
Videos
AUG 13, 2018
One Cell was Consumed by Another in a Evolutionary Leap
A process called endosymbiosis may have given evolution a lot of help.
Loading Comments...