These Cities Are About to Run Out of Clean Drinking Water

Water scarcity will become a reality for many cities. It’s happened before; hundreds of wells ran dry near Bakersfield, California in 2014. Forced to go without running water until late 2016, residents used bottled water until a nearby town extended its water supply.

Due to population booms, pollution, and climate change, taps will eventually run dry all over the world. Here are the most water-stressed cities in America and beyond. One popular U.S. tourist destination is set to run dry very soon (page 10).

1. Cairo, Egypt

The pyramid of Khafre in Giza, southwest of central Cairo, Egypt

The polluted Nile causes water scarcity issues in Cairo.  | Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images

The United Nations estimates Egypt will face “absolute water scarcity” by 2025, according to a USA Today report. The population has nearly tripled, leaving Egyptians with 1/15 of the water per person than most Americans possess. To make matters worse, Cairo, Egypt receives almost all its (not so) fresh water from the River Nile, which has been heavily polluted by untreated waste in recent years. BBC says Egypt has one of the highest rates of deaths related to water pollution as a result.

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