Todays Water Tip:
Fill up a gallon of water and check the amount of time it takes it to fill up. Now think about that time frame. How many times a day do you just let water run while you are doing little chores? Start doing the math. How much just runs down the drain? How much water just seeps into the ground? This little bit of awareness could have big results if everyone would just think about it. Now take your gallon of water that you just filled up and give it to your pet or water a plant.
I have been reading a lot about the water shortage looming over the world these day's. How we could begin to see by 2025 a different world. A world where water will be known as the precious resource that it always has been, although ignored and taken for granted in the past. Suddenly people will see what they should have been doing all along, with great regret. It is predicted that nearly 2/3 of the worlds population could be water stressed by 2025 if nothing is done. Protection and conservation is the answer. It's never too late to start.
You may think that this could only happen in other countries. I think Hurricane Katrina should make you reconsider. That was a devastating example of what can happen in a blink of an eye, and a glimpse of what has happened to many others around the world. On November 13th, 2005 the city of Harbin in China became a toxic ghost town when a lethal dose of highly-toxic benzene was released into the Songhua River after an explosion at the China National Petroleum Company plant, hundreds of miles upstream in the Jilin province. The town had absolutely no water. China was already water stressed, so this could not have happened in a worse place. 31,000 miles of rivers are now so polluted in China that the fish can't even live in them, let alone be consumed by humans.
70% of the earth is covered with water, but only 2% of that water is fresh water (suitable for drinking). Now, some of our nations surface water has been discovered to be contaminated with pharmaceuticals. "Pharmawater" as it is called is just one highly alarming message, believe me there will be more to come. We haven't even touched on the deteriorating infrastructures which need to be replaced. There is something like 800,000 miles of water pipe and 500,000 miles of sewer pipe in the U.S. with an average age of 43 years. The life span of these infrastructures is approximately 50 years. Major work and expense is looming if not already necessary.
Technology just doesn't seem to be keeping up with the rate that the human race and it's industries are contaminating our environment. We have a population of 6.5 billion people in the world, but yet we still have the same amount of water that has been here on earth since the beginning of time. It's time to take notice, it's time to do something.
Find out what you can do to make an active contribution to a better future. Conservation, protection, donations and investing are all options. You can make a difference.
The wide spectrum of water uses, turn round and round, like a
water wheel. I welcome your comments