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What would happen if there were a shortage of clean water?

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June 25, 2019 / By Darcie
Question: Can anyone give me a scenario of the typical outcome...like people's reaction.. disease, dehydration..ect. ok...let me explain...I know there is a shortage of water for real..rofl...I am writing an essay about cause and effect and I just need ideas on the outcome in a small area.
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Brandi Brandi | 9 days ago
We'd have all the problems that third world countries already have with this problem. Dysentry, parasites, etc.
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Brandi Originally Answered: How do I clean a clogged water fountain head?
Here's something we do with often great success. Run water through the tube backwards. Disconnect the turtle's feed tube from the pump, and if possible, arrange it so it can direct the water outside the pond into a bucket or cake pan so you can see what kind of gunk you dislodge and keep it out of your pond. This can also give you an idea as to what the culprit is for possible prevention in the future. Make sure the pump is not blocked itself. Get one of those hose nozzles which is a cone, like the ones some folks use to wash down their driveway, etc.. Place it in the turtle's mouth and if possible, locate the tube within and make sure you have good contact with it. Prepare a piece of #12 or 10 solid copper wire the length of the feed tube, plus another foot or so to make a handle. Your local hardware store should have this. Uncurl the wire so it is as bend and kink free as possible. Make sure the end of the wire is cut square, not angle cut so as to make a gouging point. First, try running water gently down the mouth tube via the nozzle and see what you get. Then gently push the wire into the tube about a foot - rinse with gentle water flow again. At this point, if you have build up of whatever, you are trying to dislodge it without creating a tube blockage. We're trying to solve a problem, not create new ones. If perchance there is an elbow between the mouth and the point of pump attachment, we want to keep from clogging it with too much loosened debris. There could be buildup not only at the exit point at the mouth, but possibly along the tube - like hardening of the arteries. Keep the process up, wire gently pushed - maybe tapping a bit if you hit an obstacle, but it might be that possible elbow and you don't want to tamp crap into it. You can also direct water to the mouth in the normal flowpath. Sometimes jockeying the debris back and forth can remove it. This strategy becomes more helpful if there is an elbow under the turtle. If you can lift the turtle away and separate it from its feed tube then this would be quite helpful. Ideally, with no elbows, you should get the wire through the tube and capture the culprit. It may be calcium buildup, or a collection of things the pump has sucked up. Maybe something else. To finish run water at a higher flow rate back and forth in both directions - same with the wire. If you're lucky, you'll have cleared the obstruction and also have an idea for prevention schemes, whether it's a more frequent application of the wire to the mouth, a 'pump sock' to diminish sucked up debris or anything in between. Good Luck! PS. You may notice I cover things you already mentioned, like the pump works perfectly and you can't remove the turtle. I included those items, not because I can't read, but rather because I'm putting together some 'real-life situation' literature for my new trainees and yours was perfect to use as an example, so I just wrote it up this morning. Thanks for posting it. CR
Brandi Originally Answered: How do I clean a clogged water fountain head?
I soaked some small pumps in white vinegar to loosen up deposits and my wife will periodically run white vinegar through my coffee pot if it starts slowing down. http://www.lawnornamentsandfountains.com... Edit-I had a poorly designed ornament that kept clogging and then I found that the water circulated throughout the entire body which was deteriorating on the inside. That is the only one I remember not being able to clean. Although I liked it, it got tossed because I couldn't keep it going.

Alease Alease
Some brilliant scientist would have reason to invent a technology to clean the water. Oh, wait, they already have. :P Just waiting for someone to discover how to remove the salt from water drawn from the ocean, then the shortage of water arguments will become moot.
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Tristin Tristin
I am not sure what rock you have been living under, but there already IS a shortage of clean water in many third-world countries.
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Tristin Originally Answered: Sea water and ocean water can be made into drinking water. Then why does government still use toilet flush?
A number of very good answers below. I'm not an engineer but it seems to me that in desert environments engineers should be able to utilize solar and wind energy to power large-scale desalinization plants that could provide drinking water for humans. (Or, at least, less than pure water that is yet perfectly suitable for use with crops and animals.) Here's an interesting bit of information that falls outside the scope of your question. A Japanese-American scientist from LA working in Eritrea, which is near Ethiopia and borders the Red Sea across from Yemen, developed a method to grow mangrove trees in a desert environment. This was after Dr. Sato had discovered that using mangrove leaves as feed for sheep, goats and fish significantly improved the village of Hargigo's food supply. Dr. Sato, whose academic credential are as impressive as his field work, has done some impressive work on fertilization of the continental shelf, which promotes farm fishing, has a theory that mangrove trees could alleviate global warming. He believes that mangrove trees can be grown in the deserts all across North Africa using seawater pumped inland by windmills. If this proved successful, the mangrove trees could improve the yields of domesticated animals and the quality of living standards and offset some global warming in the process while creating employment opportunities to construct and maintain this irrigation network. In time it might yield benefits to our country in terms of storms and storm damage because tropical storms and hurricanes, like Hurricane Katrina, form in the air above Africa and travel down into the Atlantic Ocean and then up into the Carribean Islands, the Gulf of Mexico, Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas and on up the entire Atlantic seaboard. For documentary and commercial filmmakers, Dr. Gordon Sato has a powerful personal back story (He and his family were forcibly relocated during World War II to a desert encampment called Manzanar) in addition to a very interesting academic journey (Cal Tech) as well as great success in applying his skills and intellect to solving problems involving hunger and intense poverty. Have a great weekend!

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