With the privatization of public utilities and the subsequent seeking of profits above all else, investment in infrastructure has fallen. The lack of sufficient funds allocated toward the maintenance of infrastructure and its expansion to meet population and commerce growth, has resulted in infrastructure decay. In more than a few cases, the level of decay has reached a point where it represents a danger to the public.

Power outages have become more frequent each year. 2019 saw major power outages in London, El Salvador-Honduras-Nicaragua-Guatemala, New York City, California, and others. When a power outage only lasts for a few hours, with the exception of certain medical scenarios, it’s usually just an inconvenience for people. Multi-day long outages are another issue altogether. These longer duration events can cause food spoilage and lack of adequate drinking water. Generators can provide a short term solution for refrigerator and water pump power; for people that rely on municipal water, keeping a three day supply of drinking water on hand will usually get you through.

Water scarcity is also increasing across the globe as is the contamination of tap water. Both scarcity and contamination have health, food production, and political ramifications.

Ethiopia and Egypt conflict over Renaissance Dam – Middle East Monitor

Water Rationing for California Farmers – Sacramento Bee

India threat to divert water away from Pakistan – Dawn

Because both the frequency and severity of energy and water loss events are trending upward, implementing some durable alternatives at the individual level seems prudent.

Off-the-grid energy source alternatives. Alternative water sources. For the DIYer – build your own generators and water harvesters.

 

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