Freshwater Sports Take a Dive
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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There’s nothing like grabbing some friends and a pair of water skis on a summer afternoon and heading to the lake…as long as there is one.
As the demand for water rises, many of our favorite watering holes are feeling a bit, well, drained.
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Think waterfront property is already expensive? If water continues to be wasted like it is today, sights like the one above may only be for the rich and famous.
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Watch your step. Before you know it, all of our docks might be dry.
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Decorative door signs that now read “Gone fishing” might soon read “Fishing gone.”
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One day soon, this choreographed, aquatic ballet may only exist in stories of the past.
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This ride down the river may get a bit less exciting if rivers slow their flow. But hey, there are always rollercoasters...right?
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Ditch the swimming cap and start tossing that ball over a volleyball net. While water is running in short supply, sand is still plentiful. But before you give away all of your sporting gear, do your part by following these
10 Super Easy Ways to Conserve Water. (Photo: David Madison/Getty)
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