Require integrated water management between nations

Require integrated water management between nations

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Adam Marshall started this petition to President Donald J. Trump and

Water scarcity is a problem that hinders the lives of many people across the globe and I have found that governments are not working as effectively as they should be on this front. Cooperation between nations is vital for success in mitigating the growing problem of water scarcity. Transboundary waters are ground waters and surface waters that cross or sit on international borders between two states. These waters are highly controversial because if states do not communicate and work together, then no one knows how much water is really being used. An integrated water management program would allow states to work together to monitor the water consumption and pollution levels. A collective of powerful governments working together to devise a plan to regulate water consumption within their respective states could be groundbreaking in terms of the progress made towards sustainability. This way we are able to pinpoint the causes of pollution and water overuse much more easily. Identifying the problem is the first step in finding a solution in the case of water scarcity and misuse. An explanation for why states might choose to not participate in integrated water management is because stakeholders in each of those states have different preferences over water use for personal gain. We need to combat this because no one person owns the water. It is flowing and ever-changing states and places. If one state produces an excess amount of pollution, generally it is a nearby area who have to deal with the consequences, because water is moving all the time in all different form. If we do not take steps to combat this problem, we will run out of usable water. Governments have to be transparent and cooperative in the future regarding water usage to prevent over usage, pollution, and ultimately depletion. Usable water is a luxury that many have and utilize heavily every day and will completely vanish if we continue on this track, creating a world of survival. 

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