Water: Conserve Protect Share

Water is such a precious commodity to the world as a whole yet in many areas it is wasted and spoiled, as if a fresh supply will always be here. Pollution has already caused serious damage to much of our ground water, rivers, lakes and oceans.

But there is much we can do to conserve on the water we consume and to prevent damage to our natural water sources.

There is an excellent source of Water Saving Tips brought to you by the water agencies of Santa Cruz County, USA area. It starts with the Top Twelve Water Saving Tips then details 45 more ways to save water indoors and outdoors.

And the EPA's Water Pollution Prevention and Conservation paper asks:
"How do we use water?" - PDF version - - HTML version
Water is a resource that has many uses, including recreational, transportation, hydroelectric power, agricultural, domestic, industrial, and commercial uses. Water also supports all forms of life and affects our health, lifestyle, and economic well being. As individuals, we use water for sanitation, drinking, and many other human needs, and we pay for the public water utilities that provide water. Water pollution is any human-caused contamination of water that reduces its usefulness to humans and other organisms in nature. Pollutants such as herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, and hazardous chemicals can make their way into our water supply. When our water supply is contaminated, it is a threat to human, animal, and plant health unless it goes through a costly purification procedure. . .

And then there is the other world. A world where not only do they not have water to waste, but do not have sufficient to sustain health or life for all. Surely the rich countries of the world can conserve more of this valuable commodity and sacrifice some of their expensive excesses to ensure that nobody is denied clean water as a basic necessity.

"Water is one of the most basic of all needs -- we cannot live for more than a few days without it. And yet, most people take water for granted. We waste water needlessly and don't realize that clean water is a very limited resource. More than 1 billion people around the world have no access to safe, clean drinking water, and over 2.5 billion do not have adequate sanitation service. Over 2 million people die each year because of unsafe water - and most of them are children!" - Robert Alan

You can check out the Charity Guide for your choice donation recipient if you wish to help in the cause of poverty and unsafe water.