Why is water scarcity a threat to the economy?



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    Clean drinking water is something we in the Western world often take for granted.  However, were a water shortage to occur, the price of drinkable water would increase dramatically.  As a result, there would be less economic resources available that could be used elsewhere in a normal, healthy economy.  Water scarcity in the developing world could also be seen as an economic threat.  Many crops we import rely on irrigated water supplies in more arid regions of our world.  Increased drought and famine resulting from water shortages would have a direct and negative impact on our ability to continue to import these goods and our domestic economy.

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