by Jack Lee
Since fresh water supplies are limited (only 0.5% of the world’s water resources are available to provide the freshwater needs of our planet’s ecosystem and population according to WaterfortheWorld.net), it is “crystal clear” that water should be one of our most precious resources. Considering that every single person on the planet needs water to survive, it seems rather strange that many of us would have no problem leaving the water faucet running, but we would go to war if someone tries to steal our oil supply. While learning about electrical vehicles and saving some money on home energy is relatively important, take a moment for a reality check. For the sake of our families, neighbors and friends…and the survival of our future generations, explore the following reasons why conserving water should be important to all of us.
The Priority of Water Conservation
#1: Without fresh water we could die in a few days. It is a simple fact that helps drive the point across…water = life. Most of us learn this along life’s way, so why are we complacent when we see fertilizers, oil and other pollutants pour into rivers and streams each time it rains? Would we eat a fish with some weed killer combination, or drink water with a floating motor oil sheen?
#2: Using less water keeps money in our pockets. By utilizing basic water conservation techniques, we are able to save thousands of gallons of water each year. Let’s do the math…use less water and the water utility company charges us less money. That sounds like a clear deal.
#3: Protecting our natural eco-systems from further damage is critical, especially for the survival of endangered animal species. The oceans, streams and lakes that are the lifeblood of so many local eco- systems are used as dumping grounds, hurting everything that depends on these water sources. The “great Pacific garbage patch” (soupy collection of marine debris spanning waters from the West Coast of North America to Japan) is a great example of the worst side of our wasteful practices.
#4: Conserving water can also save energy. In order to pump the water from a central facility into our home or office, energy is required to run the equipment. Studies have shown that in California alone, 6.5 percent of all energy consumed goes towards the moving of water from one location to another. So saving water means expending less energy…thus reducing the carbon footprint and helps the U.S. become more energy independent.
We Can Do More With Less
Using simple water conservation techniques may help cut our water usage by more than 50%. If we commit just a little extra effort each day, every person can make a difference. Whether we try our hand at creative and sustainable landscaping or just use a low flow shower head, we can see reduced water bills within the first month. We need to do this planet and our future generations an important favor…conserve water and “stay thirsty” for more savings every day.