Impacts on Civilization The most obvious impact on civilization would be drinking water, without wells, people will go thirsty, and these days it is very expensive to have a well dug. And with out wells, or water, people would die, seeing t hat the human body is made up of 60% water.
Africa’s potential water wars Potential water wars are likely in areas where rivers and lakes are shared by more then one country. This is and will be a big issue in Africa for the next twenty five years or so.
If only 30% of the world had access to good, clean drinking water, and the other 70% didn’t then that would mean that the other 70% of the country would die or become very ill form all the parasites found in the water.
If you have a roof, you have a way to stop the rainwater from hitting the ground. You can then collect it in a barrel or tank once it comes down through the roof gutter system. Then you can use the water for your garden, or if you want to use the water for drinking.
A large portion of most homeowner's water bills is due to irrigating lawns. The old tradition of grass l awns is beginning to change as people become more aware of the enormous environmental costs of lawns. In addition to water, fuel for mowing and pumping/treating city wa ter supplies, and chemical production, th ere are many hidden costs.
Pesticides and fertilizers are carried by water runoff (from storms or irrigation) from residential lawns through the storm drainage systems that dump directly into downstream waterways untreated. The EPA reports that 40% of U.S. streams and lakes cannot even support fishing and swimming for humans.
A sub-surface desert water harvester was constructed in the sagebrush steppe habitat of south-central Idaho. The desert water harvester utilizes a buried micro-catchments and three buried storage tanks to augment water for wildlife during the dry season.
Mid-summer through early autumn, June through October, is the dry portion of the year. During this period, the sub-surface water harvester provides supplemental water for wildlife for 30–90 days, depending upon the precipitation that year.