The supply of fresh water has been at threat as population grows, lands must be irrigated, and certain industries require it for growth. A more personal and immediate appreciation may come from the data that found;
“According to a new analysis of 39 million wells, between 6 percent and 20 percent are no more than five meters below the top of the water table.” – Circle of Blue
As the article states, digging deeper isn’t always an option. As chronicled in other reports, ground subsidence is causing infrastructure problems in California, is requiring cities to relocate like in Indonesia, and generally means some households already experience dry periods. Some rivers, like the Colorado, have spent so many years regularly running dry before they reach the sea, that it is considered normal. Life requires water. This is a fundamental human sustainability issue with no readily implemented solutions.