Water and sports facilities

Usage, issues, and solutions

Authored by: Kyle S. Bunds

Routledge Handbook of Sport and the Environment

Print publication date:  August  2017
Online publication date:  July  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138666153
eBook ISBN: 9781315619514
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Despite the Samsung commercial trying to sell waterproof phones to consumers telling us that the world is about to have more water (a contestable claim in terms of what that really means – not worth diving into here), roughly 97.5 percent of the world’s water is non-potable salt water, and the United Nations (2014) estimates that 1.8 billion people in 2025 will be experiencing a clean water crisis. Lest we believe that those in the more “developed” countries are immune to this “crisis,” scientists are projecting that we are currently in the beginning of a 50-year mega-drought in parts of the southwest United States (Ault, Cole, Overpeck, Pederson, & Meko, 2014). We have seen this beginning to play out in front of our eyes in California with the government issuing water restrictions on personal and urban use, among other measures of preventative usage, including offering rebates to replace old toilets. (For a more detailed account of all restrictions and ordinances, refer to California Environmental Protection Agency, 2016).

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