In the world now we are experiencing drought and it is predicted by scientist that because Chicago is around such a big body of fresh water more people will migrate here within the United States. These will becoming from areas of drought seeking access to our water. The scientists suspect that people will not only migrate to Chicago but to all of the great lakes which can cause overpopulation in these areas and contamination of the water. The best course of action that I feel would be to that the government or a private companies start figuring out how to convert large bodies of Ocean water into fresh water by doing this it would solve the water problem because more people will stay where they are at or move towards the coasts. In addition, the city would not have to extend its borders or reconfigure itself for a larger population.
This plan relates to urban sustainability because the sustainability of the urban community will be disrupted by an increase in population around the lakes. It would cause a higher water tax in Chicago and on top of that it would affect the poor most because they would not have access to clean water automatically since they simply can’t afford it. In addition, Chicago has now raise the water tax with it current population and only would get worse with an increase in population. For example, right now the poor are affected because of the water tax. In the Chicago Suntimes it stated that because of the water tax landromats are raising their prices on loads. Which would force the poor to choice which closes they need to be cleaned or not. Furthermore, another problem that will arise from this is an increase in waist brought on by a higher population which results in higher contamination risks. The increase in population will not only be in Chicago it will be all around the great lakes which could cause a diseases, outbreak or something much worse because of the amount of people. On the other hand if an outbreak doesn’t happen we would have to increase the amount of chemicals we need to put in the lake(s), in order, to make sure it is safe to drink which in return can ruin the natural ecosystem within the lake(s).
In order to prevent this the city of Chicago and other cities must work together on other ways to maintain our life style and water needs before allowing millions to flock to the cities. They might have to issue laws that limits population until we can supply more people with fresh water.