Tackling the looming water crisis

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Water is the most essential compound for life. It seems that we have a limitless quantity of water on our planet but this couldn’t be further from the truth. We need fresh water for drinking, households, agriculture, and industry. Only 2% of our water is fresh water. This includes the polar icecaps, glaciers, rivers, streams, lakes and underground water. All plants and animals living on land require fresh water for survival.

For centuries, we have been meeting our water needs by diverting water from forests and other wildlife habitats. This diversion has contributed significantly to the degradation and destruction of wildlife habitats and it has measurably reduced the quality of fresh water in many parts of the world.

Over the centuries, we have also perfected technology for transport, storage, and processing of fresh water. In most cases, this has only lead to an increase in water consumption, wastage, and pollution. Most of us do not need to travel to water, it is delivered to our homes and workplaces in limitless quantities. If we had to carry water for a few miles each day, we would not use water so recklessly.

Everyday convenience devices such as toilets, showers, dishwashers, and washing machines consume enormous quantities of water. We pollute water with dangerous chemicals unknown to nature from the of household and industry chemicals. In general, a chemical unknown to nature is difficult for nature to breakdown and recycle. Most of the sewerage created worldwide ends up in the oceans untreated.

Obviously, we need water in our daily lives but we also need to protect natural habitats, preserve water resources for future generations, and reduce water pollution. Following are some tips on how all of us can contribute to this goal:

1.Conserve Water:

  • Avoid taking lengthy showers
  • Switch to water-efficient shower heads and toilets
  • Don't flood your garden
  • Plant plants that consume less water
  • Store rain water and reuse for watering the garden
  • Water your plants in the evening or at night to reduce evaporation
  • Run full loads in washing machine and Dishwasher
  • Fix leaks promptly in home
  • Report leaks in the office
  • Don't let the tap run water while you are brushing your teeth

2.Pollute less
Chemicals used for cleaning and pesticides are among the worst water pollutants. The best thing you can do is be a smart and informed consumer. Environmentalists would advise you to switch to organic and natural detergents and cleaners. Beware that tests cleaners are often not as efficient. Read about them on the Internet and switch over only after making a informed decision. Some chemicals are more dangerous than others. If you are unwilling to switch to an organic cleaner, find a non-organic one which is less harmful to the environment. Share this knowledge with your friends.

3.Get involved in the community
If it weren't for public pressure, we would still have not quality control for the air we breathe, and the water we consume. Over the past six decades, public pressure has forced our governments to take measures to protect and improve our environment. Find out what your government is doing and what it should be doing. For example, the water sewerage treatment plant is not removing a chemical which is causing cancer in sea turtles. Get involved. Get informed. Write to your representative. In the past 60 years, environmentalist movement has made enormous success. If it weren't for these movements, the air would be smoggier, our food would contain more contaminants and we would be spending a fortune to clean water suitable for consumption.

Every gallon you save is a gallon not taken from a tree, fish, bird or preserved for the future generation. How much water would be saved, if every person in your city saves a gallon?

The water we pollute comes back to us in the form of contaminated seafood. It reduces ocean life leading to higher seafood prices and employment among people who depend on the sea for their livelihood.

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