Yes, there is a water shortage crisis around the world. We have countries where there is no potable water to be had except for an occasional artesian well. There is land that cannot sustain crops because it cannot be irrigated. Water tables are dropping and many of our own farmers are struggling with drought and not enough water to irrigate as much as needed. Rural families are seeing their wells go dry as neighboring farms try to save their crops.
The world has plenty of water and it will always have plenty of water, but we have privatized it and made it a resource with scarcity, thus the water shortage crises that face many countries, particularly poor, rural areas of third world countries. There is plenty to go around, why is this the case?
Especially in very specific areas, water shortages are a growing problem around the world. Efforts are being made to secure safe drinking water to all areas of the world, but not even everyone has access to this basic need. Other areas are finding water reserves depleted and fighting for resources.
80 countries are reported to have water shortages. California is having the biggest drought in recorded history. The reservoirs in the state were at 17 percent capacity a couple of days ago. This is a major issue people should be paying attention to. It could be a huge a problem in the near future, if it is not already.
I think that as the population continues to grow, our resources dwindle. Water is one of those resources. Even though we may think that there is still a lot of water to go around, we have to think about it in a long term point of view. I think that the logistics of getting water to the people is another problem.