Do Americans truly realize how much we take our water for granted? Maybe, maybe not. Roughly 884 million people—one out of every eight around the world—don’t have access to safe drinking water. Meanwhile, the average American consumes 99 gallons of water per day.
Conservation efforts at home may seem inconvenient, but they pale in comparison to the thought of running out of fresh water. With this in mind that we look to a future void of amenities and activities that we currently enjoy. This gallery examines 8 water sports that could become a thing of the past if freshwater conservation does not become a priority of the present.
Take swimming and diving, for example. With a water shortage, indoor swimming pools could become far more scarce. In the not-so-distant future, little tykes like the one above may only be able to dream of performing in a circus act instead of competing in the Olympics.
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