Everyone would agree that freshwater is vital to human survival. Going back to ancient times, our ancestors were vitally aware that it was strategically advantageous to settle near fresh water sources such as rivers. This understanding is what led to the fundamental change from tribes of early hunter-gatherers into civilizations as we know them. Along with being a consistent source of drinkable water, rivers provide fertile land for hunting, fishing, agriculture, and transportation.
After thousands of years of civilization and technological advancements, most humans no longer need to dwell near freshwater sources to experience the benefits. Advances in technology have drastically changed the means of water collection, treatment, and distribution. Look through the infographic below to see critical details of fresh water usage, sources, and developments.
Infographic provided by High Tide Technologies.