Elon Musk sits at his desk pondering his next step...
Space stuff is frustrating, lets try something new
I got it! I want to try and help more people that are struggling right now!
I want to make it so everybody in the whole world can have clean and fresh water!
Elon leaves to prepare for his idea...
Lack of clean water affects millions of people each day. Lack of accessible water affects about 1 in every 6 people on earth, and there are countries where half of the population does not have access to safe drinking water, meaning there is a lot of sickness among its people and the general hygiene is low. Water is in abundance in general but not in certain places.
Elon Musk runs through current problems and a few ideas to fix the issue...
Most of the planets water is salt water, and thus needs to go through a process called desalination in order for it to be able to be drank safely. This process extracts the salt from the water, but is very expensive to conduct and therefor does not taper to the poorer countries in need of water. There is also the problem that our current methods of distributing fresh water will probably not work in the long run, as it is not exactly practical for agricultural needs.
On top of it not being very efficient for current needs, distributing water will most likely become a political issue, as some places will most likely get more water than others. Another way to solve the water issue is to recycle previously used water and redistribute it for purposes designated for recycled water, but this would need to have an extensive process to make sure that the recycled water is safe and usable.