Water makes up 70% of the earths surface right?
Absolutely! but unfortunately about 96.5% of that 70% is salt water making up our oceans. The actual water that supplies all life on earth is the remaining 3.5% or maybe even less.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that by the year 2013, an estimated 36 states will experience water shortages as a result of increased water usage and inefficient water management from aging regional infrastructures.
Water seems free and plentiful, yet its supply is under tremendous strain. Use of fresh water has more than doubled over the past 50 years, and many fear that we are coming close to a frightening breaking point, a world where chronic water shortages for farmers, businesses and people is the norm.
According to some experts the possibility of international conflict over access to dwindling supplies could even be possible.
“Water scarcity is a driver for
innovation. If you tell companies to
do more with less water, they figure
out how to do it.”
—Will Sarni, CEO, DOMANI Sustainability Consulting
That’s why water conservation is a Big Deal! Saving water just makes sense.
According to the EPA, most homes could save about $170 per year by switching to water efficient appliances. This alone could offset the “need” for costly and environmentally destructive sources of water, such as new dams, more river diversions, and desalination plants.
Shorter more efficient showers, low flow toilets, grey water systems… all ways to help conserve our greatest natural resource.
For this reason you will here and see many articles, posts, videos , etc… on the importance of water, saving water, water conservation, and so on.
One of the most important aspects of sustainable, green, eco conscious, what ever term you want to give it “Living” is our dependence on water for everyday life.
Remember this, You can survive 3 weeks without food but only 3 days without water!
Learning to use less water today is the best and least expensive way to avoid possible problems in the future.
I will spend a lot of time in the coming weeks, months and years stressing the reality and the consequences of wasting water and the many steps the we can take to reduce our water use.
Please bare with me, do not think that we are just repeating ourselves although sometimes we will, there is a message to the madness and hopefully if we put enough emphasis on water and the why part of water conservation, it will make sense to make some changes in our everyday routine.
The more we know!
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About the Author (Author Profile)
Creator/Host of Go Green America TV
Jeff (Jf) Davis aka The Go Green Guy is from Maine
Moved to LA to follow his passion as an actor
these days he is still acting, lives in LA with his wife and two boys
an writes about Green Living for his website Go Green America TV
that will soon be a TV show!!