International water shortages could impact U.S.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (Source: CNN)
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (Source: CNN)

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Many countries important to the U.S. will have water shortages or water quality problems over the next ten years, according to a new report from the U.S. intelligence community.

Experts worry that could lead to conflicts, or even terrorists trying to block water supplies. It could also affect trading between those countries and the U.S.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton had requested the report.

"Water is clearly integral to many of our foreign policy goals," she said at a Thursday event for World Water Day. "When nearly 2 million people die each year from preventable waterborne disease, clean water is critical if we're going to be talking about achieving our global health goals."

Speaking from Washington, Clinton said that something as simple as better access to water and sanitation could improve the quality of life and reduce the disease burden for billions of people.

While the report did not name specific countries, it said areas of South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa will likely be affected by water problems.

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