What are the global and local impacts of freshwater shortages?
Water supports our environment and sustains our lives. It is essential to human survival, our livelihoods and almost every form of economic production. This finite resource is required for producing food, clothing and electronics, transporting our waste and supporting the natural environment.
These landscape practices contribute to water shortages:
- Planting species not suited to local rainfall patterns.
- Wasteful irrigation practices.
- Degraded soil conditions that limit the infiltration and water-holding capacity of the soil.
- Paving, roofs and other impervious surfaces that prevent water from infiltrating into the soil and recharging groundwater supplies.
- Treating stormwater as waste and funneling it to storm sewers before it has an opportunity to benefit the landscape.