Water is Life: The Precious Commodity
LUX Nation, take a moment to look around you at all the ‘things’ we have in our daily environment that could contribute to the idea that water is limitless. From the leaky faucets, to the automatic sprinkles, to the park fountains, to the vast amount of water bottles lining our grocery stores all the way down to the length of showers we indulge in. A life without easy access to water is not one we could easily imagine nor do we want to.
Only 1% of the world’s water can be used for human consumption. Half of the global population will be living in areas of ‘acute water shortage’ by 2030. –via Treehugger.com
With our vast oceans, rivers, streams, and ‘the feeling’ that water will always be there, it’s hard to believe our planet could ever face a water shortage. Unfortunately, this is a fact that is increasingly more possible with the amount of overuse currently taking place coupled with fact that much of the water on our planet is not potable!!
Water is a vital part of life. It’s crucial to our survival and it’s important for us to stop and address where we can make a difference in our consumption.
It’s estimated that a person needs about 2.5 gallons of water a day for survival. According to the experts, ‘the average American consumes 100 gallons a day and that is just household use.’ This doesn’t even take in account the water it takes to produce our food and manufacture our goods!!!
Luckily, there’s hope. Many companies are looking to address these issues and find ways to turn more of the non-potable water into safe and clean drinking water. Some of the current fields of technical advancements include: desalination, water purification, and utilizing humidity to create clean water.
So what can we do to help conserve? The first step is to become aware of the water we do expend. Try not to let the faucet run while brushing your teeth. Pay close attention to the length of showers you take on average and try to cut that time in half if possible. When you wash clothes, plan laundry days to reduce water waste. Do larger loads compared to many small ones. When washing your car, use a hose that has a shutoff valve—this will help reduce the amount of clean water lost through the process. If possible, upgrade to energy efficient appliances. This will help to conserve water usage, including updated toilets. The goal here is to find ways you can ‘cut’ back and conserve your personal water consumption in order to help the whole.
To learn more about the water crisis and global impact, read the Water Crisis section at Treehugger.com.
Water is LIFE.