Water Spouts will speak volubly and endlessly about all the issues concerning water. The ongoing degradation, and growing scarcity, of the water supply here in the US, and the rest of the world. The continued absence of potable water in so many parts of the world. The work being done by NGOs, and charities, in the third world, to help alleviate the situation. The emphasis on WASH ( Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene ) so health and healthy water are maintained. "Water Spouts" will spout it all out.
With continuous heavy rain and news of flooding across large parts of
the country, it’s easy to forget that China is still a country with a
shortage of water.
China’s total water resources rank it fourth in the world, but uneven
distribution brought by extreme weather makes managing those resources a
real headache. Middle and northern China’s climates are marked by
intermittent periods of flooding and drought.
And even in some of the most humid areas of southern China, rainfall
is heavily seasonal.
And global climate change seems to be sending
things into even further imbalance. In the densely populated middle and
southern China, spring and summer see around 70% to 85% of the entire
Reservoirs help store that rainwater, but for these areas, even more
pressing is rapid urbanization and the need to find farmland enough to
feed a growing urban population.
Gu Xiangbin, staff of Beijing Miyun Reservoir, said, “For Mi Yun
reservoir, we are capable of storing over 500 million tons of water
during time of flood, to balance between rainy and dry seasons.”
Nature creates her own reservoirs by storing water underground. This
makes up around 22% of the total fresh water supply. But even these can
quickly run dry.
There were once wells like this all over Beijing. But when resources
began to deplete, people had to dig deeper down. That works in the short
term, but exploiting ground water has its price. In some inland regions
this has caused massive ground collapses, and in coastal regions, sea
water rushes in to replace the depleted groundwater - slowly eroding the
soil. Unless more long-term solutions are found, water shortages could
soon become the biggest environmental issue for many regions.