It Starts with a Glass of Water

A Glass of Water

It doesn't always rain where and when you need it to do so.
It doesn't always rain where and when you need it to do so. | Source
Ancient Egypt was in trouble when the Nile failed to overflow.
Ancient Egypt was in trouble when the Nile failed to overflow. | Source
Dry conditions are great for preserving the dead but not the living.
Dry conditions are great for preserving the dead but not the living. | Source
Governments playing merry hell with our existence on Earth just to get votes.
Governments playing merry hell with our existence on Earth just to get votes. | Source
During the 2nd World War the British saw the breaking of Germany's dams as a way of doing severe damage to Germany's war effort.
During the 2nd World War the British saw the breaking of Germany's dams as a way of doing severe damage to Germany's war effort. | Source
How is the fishing? Are you getting industrial impurities with your catch?
How is the fishing? Are you getting industrial impurities with your catch? | Source
Thirst!
Thirst! | Source
In Australia goal seam gas mining represents a real threat to the environment and particularly to fresh drinking water.
In Australia goal seam gas mining represents a real threat to the environment and particularly to fresh drinking water. | Source
Nostradamus.
Nostradamus. | Source
Pure water.
Pure water. | Source
Not so pure water.
Not so pure water. | Source
Bad water.
Bad water. | Source
Boiling politics.
Boiling politics. | Source
When you have increases in population you require more sources of fresh drinking water.
When you have increases in population you require more sources of fresh drinking water. | Source
For some time now Dick Smith has seen the problems of over populating NSW, Australia.
For some time now Dick Smith has seen the problems of over populating NSW, Australia. | Source
This novel touches upon the kind of political correctness that makes the questioning of whether we are misusing the land virtually impossible.
This novel touches upon the kind of political correctness that makes the questioning of whether we are misusing the land virtually impossible. | Source
It would be a real shame if this happened.
It would be a real shame if this happened. | Source
The Aborigines have a better understanding of the nature of Australia than apparently others living in  Australia.
The Aborigines have a better understanding of the nature of Australia than apparently others living in Australia. | Source
Faith alone will not be enough if the fresh drinking water runs out.
Faith alone will not be enough if the fresh drinking water runs out. | Source
Once Australia runs out of fresh drinking water there will be no where to go.
Once Australia runs out of fresh drinking water there will be nowhere to go. | Source
It will be a long time before we can possibly seek fresh drinking water on other planets.
It will be a long time before we can possibly seek fresh drinking water on other planets. | Source
Rest, eternal.
Rest, eternal. | Source
There was a time when it was thought that drinking alcohol was better for you than drinking the local water.
There was a time when it was thought that drinking alcohol was better for you than drinking the local water. | Source
It would be good if the water you make your cuppa with was of excellent quality.
It would be good if the water you make your cuppa with was of excellent quality. | Source
Fresh drinking water and honey on bread. Old cures for illness going back to Ancient Greece.
Fresh drinking water and honey on bread. Old cures for illness going back to Ancient Greece. | Source
To be or not to be is the question. All sorted out in a glass of water.
To be or not to be is the question. All sorted out in a glass of water. | Source

A Glass of Water

It starts with a glass of water. Can you pour water into your glass from your tap and trust the water enough to drink it? If this is not the case then there is a problem everyone should be able to appreciate.

Mystics such as Nostradamus claimed you could see the future in a bowl of water. Why then can't you see the future in a glass of water? We all need a good supply of drinking water.

Fracking may create problems in underground supplies of fresh water for farms. It may ruin recreational land as well as put fresh drinking water for your average human in danger.

In parts of the USA they got fracking wrong so why wouldn't they get it wrong in Australia and parts of the USA?

Check out the web site CSG Illawarra for for information on what is being done to keep Coal Seam Gas Mining away from the south coast area of New South Wales, Australia.

http://stop-csg-illawarra.org/

The main question raised by CSG Illawara is: Should our drinking water catchment be mined for coal seam gas?

Today in New South Wales, Australia people are paying a lot more for their drinking water than they did a decade ago. What's more, the quality of the water may not always be counted on. In some parts of Asia fresh drinking water without impurities is still a luxury.

Pour yourself a glass of water from the tap in your kitchen into a glass and examine the contents of the glass. Is the water in your glass crystal clear? If not, why not?

Rain over the long term is still unpredictable. To have enough fresh drinking water on hand for long periods when it doesn't rain in essential to our survival. In Autumn 2015 the east coast of New South Wales coped a great deal of rain. But how much of this great downpour was stored for future use?

Deserts throughout the world are growing rather than shrinking. In parts of the USA and Australia there is a rising salt problem that can turn fresh water into salty water. Salty water is no good for cattle and can kill plants that hold the soil together.

For some idea on how bad soil erosion can get check out Ken Burns' documentary Dust Bowl. It covers what happened in the USA during the depression years and also in the 1950s when the government was trying to make thing right.

There is some evidence that the seas and oceans are becoming more salty and acidic and this will affect life everywhere.

Air pollution in mainland China's major city was so bad in December 2015 that for some days the city was in shut down. Factories had to come to a halt and children could not go to school. Also motorized vehicles could not be driven until the air cleared.

Droughts in the past have destroyed great civilizations. This happened in Ancient Egypt. A drought that lasted for over ten years resulted in the collapse of a great empire.

We cannot survive without fresh water and yet there is more salty, undrinkable water on our planet than the fresh kind. Taking this into account, we should be very careful how we treat our fresh water.

In the 19th Century Londoners, in Spring and Summer, died in their thousands from polluted drinking water. Disease would spread from unsafe water outlets.

The only clue to what was happening was the stink from the Thames. It got so bad that there were times when parliament had to be cancelled for the day. A bigger, better sewage system coupled with new knowledge concerning how disease can spread made London, in the end, a model city when it came to clean, usable water.

During the 2nd World War the British knew that severe damage to Germany's water supplies would hamper Germany's ability to continue to wage war. Hence an elite squadron of bombers known as the Dam Busters was formed.

In the 1970s there was the threat of not only heavy air pollution in Japan but also industrial contaminants entering the food supply. One such contaminant that affected a small fishing village was mercury.

There was a time when it would have been dangerous to eat fish caught in Sydney harbor, NSW, Australia because of industrial contaminants such as mercury entering the water. Thanks to a clean up this is no longer the case.

Coal seam gas mining has been a disaster in some places in the USA. The people of the south coast of New South Wales view coal seam mining as a real threat to their way of life. If not handled right, coal seam mining can pollute fresh drinking water supplies and there are no real guarantees that it will be done right.

A glass of water may be a strange place to begin a spot of writing about the fate of our planet but it does bare thinking about.

There are mystics that believe they don't need a crystal ball in which to see the future. Some say a bowl of clear liquid is enough.

It is said that Nostradamus could see the future in a bowl of water. I say your average glass of drinkable or supposedly drinkable water is more than adequate for such a task.

When I was in college in country NSW, Australia in the 1980s we thought it astonishing that students from Europe would prefer to buy expensive bottles of imported water rather than simply get a glass of water costing virtually nothing from the nearest tap.

Back then in the 1980s what came out of most faucets in New South Wales was, indeed, good drinking water. Buy bottled water? Whatever for? It was a crazy idea. Yet I had been to the USA in the mid 1970s and bottled water was selling well there. So what was going on?

By the late 1990s, and an incident with a local dam's water not being good to drink for a while, New South Wales finally caught up with the rest of the world in the mania for filters on taps for protection and in the purchasing of bottled water. We began importing it as well as bottling our own. Now Australian children think nothing of buying bottled water.

What does all this mean? Well there was a time in which we could trust our water supply. The reluctance to build new dams and other catchments plus a growing population meant in the end that neither the government nor the water supplied on tap could be trusted.

Migrants flowing into the country but without appropriate increases in local infrastructure to handle the flow has done great harm to my country as is has to other countries in their past. The answer? Governments must take responsibility for the pristine nature of our drinking and bathing water and must be seen to be accountable.

You want more migrants coming to my land? Fine. Then you make sure the infrastructure is there for them and for me. This only makes sense. We should all feel free to fill up a glass from a tap and not have to worry about the infrastructure letting us down. We should not need to worry about hazards in the water to the extent where the bottled variety is seen as being a much safer bet.

A decade ago, Australia suffered through one of our worst droughts in our history. It put the Murray-Darling river system in danger. As it turned out too much water was being channeled away and this was killing the river system.

The country is drying up and has been doing so for some time. It comes in cycles. There are still good years where there's plenty of rain. There are even years when it floods in some parts of NSW and Queensland.

Even so, when drought hits it hits hard and seems to last longer. Can we continue to bring in people from overseas the way we always have since I was a boy or must the flow slow down, even stop for a while? These are serious questions.

At great expense a desalination plant was created for the Sydney area. The people living in NSW are still paying for it with massive water bills. Was this fair?

The government was in panic mode at the time. There weren't enough dams with enough fresh water to continue to cope with population increases if the drought was to continue. Was the plant a wise choice? Probably in the long run. It would not have been necessary, however, if not for the continuing artificial increases in population.

At present Australia has an abundance of water in most places where there are large populations thanks to good amounts of rain. It is, however, a cyclic thing.

Before long the weather pattern will swing the other way and we will once more be in drought. If global warming has any truth to it, the cycles are getting larger and so the next cycle of drought promises to be bigger than the previous one had been.

So you don't live in Australia but elsewhere? How is the water that comes out of your tap? Do you have a preference for bottled or filtered water where you live? Is it a case of safety from what might be lurking in the water? How has this situation come about and is there something that can still be done about it?

And so from a glass of water we can indeed tell the past, the present and the future. Go fill up a glass of water from your own tap right now, look into it and check out what it has to tell you. Who knows? You may be surprised by the results.

A glass of pure, pristine water! It is becoming so precious a commodity on this planet of ours. Way back in the '80s I would have never guessed this would happen. It says something about the future if we do not mend our ways. A world in which,for example, someone would not dare to fill up a canteen from a mountain stream would be a very sad world indeed.

This is all about the environment and what we have done to it and what we might do to improve things.

I don't believe it is too late to turn things around and put our civilization onto a better more sustainable footing. Baby steps are being made with cars and with electricity everywhere. If we sit on our hands, however, our children's children are going to hate us for doing so and with good reason.

I am filling up a glass right now and contemplating my own future.

Meanwhile water supplies are being threatened by coal seam gas mining in Australia and elsewhere in the world.

Also land previously zoned for agriculture in NSW, Australia is now being threatened by coal mining.

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h.a.borcich 6 years ago

Hi Rod, A glass of water may have seemed like a strange beginning for a hub yet you created a hub we should all relate to. Protecting clean water should be a priority not only of our governments, but also manufacturing secters and each citizen. I have a reverse osmosis system in home and I have often thought back to the clear tap water when I was a kid. Our ice cubes froze clear - not hazy or foggy like we see now. Holly


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Rod Marsden 6 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia Author

Well Holly I am glad you can understand and also relate to this little hub. I am pleased you decided to comment. Thank you.


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Dixon Steele 6 years ago

Yeah, I've experienced similar things in Ireland and we don't even have a big population and despite quite a generous amount of rainfall. Water is neglected as a resource. Resevoirs become contaminated and the thin end of the wedge towards water taxes and possible privatisation of water supplies begins.


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Rod Marsden 6 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia Author

Many issues do arise when it comes to examining a simple class of water. thanks for your comment Dixon Steele.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

Interesting Hub here . . I live in NY and they say it is the best water to drink .. who wuld think that. . reason being is the fluoride and studies I think have shown that kids have better teeth! I also love to watch the when they they test people with different bottled waters. . it is all BS ..the bottled waters that is. . scary though how easily our water supply could dry up or become contaminated. . I guess if that happens we all surely will be doing some rain dances:)


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Rod Marsden 6 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia Author

wavegirl22, we too have fluoride in our tap water. Actually since people have been drinking more and more bottled water tooth decay has actually gone up. NSW has had problems in the recent past with contaminated tap water hence the move to either bottled water or filtered water. Trusting the water you drink in essential. If you want to bring more people into the country making sure there is enough water for them to drink as well as you plus taking into account the very real possibility of further increases in population should also be essential.

Most people cannot tell one bottle of water from another. It is all just water whether it comes from a mountain in Italy or France or some tap in New York or Sydney. Yes it is BS.

There is however a difference in water when it comes to forging swords and cutlery. Apparently there is a place in Spain that produces the best steel ware because of the minerals in their water. Swords, etc are cooled in water in the forging process and apparently the quality of water is important. We as humans are not of course swords or cutlery.


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa

I think that drinkable water is going to become a very scarce commodity. Fortunately so far for those of us in the metropolitan areas of South Africa this has not yet become that much of an issue. The water coming out of our taps is generally pretty good. I don't filter our water and certainly don't buy bottled water.

Bottled water is actually wasteful as it uses something like three litres of reticulated water to produce one litre of bottled water - not clever if you're wanting to save water!

In the main I think the bottled water (and, to a lesser extent, the filtering) craze is just that, a craze. It's a yuppie thing.

Thanks for the interesting Hub. Like the concept of seeing the future in a glass of water - very true!

Love and peace

Tony


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Rod Marsden 5 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia Author

Yes, tony, drinking water is becoming a scarce commodity. Certainly in the Punjab in India water fit for drinking and fit for crops is becoming harder to come by. The water coming out of taps in NSW, Australia is generally good but when one our dams back in the 1990s provided for a time unfavorable water the bottled water business really took off. It was a case of people with good reason losing faith in the tap and going for filtered or bottled. The dam that caused this is no longer a problem but the deed was done so to speak. The dam in question was contaminated because the water levels were way too low.

Yes, bottled water is wasteful in more ways than one. The plastic containers it comes in are the greater menace.

I believe that bottled water may well have started as a yuppie thing as you have said but here in Australia we really did turn the corner in the 1990s.

Yes, the future can be seen in a glass of water because we all need good water to drink.

Thanks for stopping by.


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someonewhoknows 5 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

Flouride hasn't been proven to prevent tooth decay.

In,fact there is a study that proves that childrens teeth in areas where the water has not been flouridated had no more tooth decay than children where the water was flouridated.Flouride has however been proven to cause brittle teeth and bone cancer over time.

SEE - Flouride Action Network

Low Water PH has negative health Implications

as do water pollutants .

Minerals like calcium,magnisium and Zinc are beneficial in appropriate amounts.


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Rod Marsden 5 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia Author

Thanks for the information, someone. A lot of people drink bottled water that is not flouridated even in areas where the tap water is flouridated. As for flouride causing brittle teeth and bone cancer this is a new one on me.


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watergeek 4 years ago

Where shall I start? Sigh. We so badly need to give water the honor it deserves, as essential to life as it is. Rod and everyone, you all see it. A lot of people see it here in the US as well.

I am starting to advocate that water be a central concern for all, including land use planners. When we choose what to do with land, who gets to use it for what, we need to give clean water supply first priority (for the environment and humans) . . . over everything, including economics.


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Rod Marsden 4 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia Author

I agree watergeek.


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Silva Hayes 3 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

I so agree, we need to honor our water, not take it for granted.

I read an article recently that listed several things we should never buy and along with heavily processed food, etc., the author listed bottled water. They said it was foolish to buy water when you can get good water from the tap.

Back in 1980, we had just moved to Georgetown, Texas, and our entire family was stricken with a terrible illness. We really should have gone to the ER but the ER was flooded with others so we stayed home and suffered for over a week. It was the worst illness I had ever had and I was terrified for my children's health. Ever since 1980, we have purchased bottled water. I don't even want to add up how much money that comes to, but I cannot bring myself to drink tap water. Here's a mention by the EPA of the illness I refer to, and when they say "well water" they are talking about the town's water supply, not private wells:

"The largest documented ground water outbreak occurred in Georgetown, Texas in 1980 (Hejkal et al., 1982). About 7900 people became ill. Both Coxsackievirus and Hepatitis A virus were found in the raw well water and the outbreak was the result of source water contamination. The contamination source was never identified but the site is within an area of karst (solution-enhanced) limestone with cavernous zones which allows contamination to travel long distances in short periods with relatively little natural attenuation."

Copied from:

http://water.epa.gov/scitech/drinkingwater/dws/phs...


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Rod Marsden 3 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia Author

Thanks for your contribution Silvia Hayes. It really is a damn shame when you can't trust the water that comes out of your tap.


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watergeek 3 years ago

Damn, Silvia! That sounds traumatic. Hopefully the perp recognized it was their doing and stopped dumping. Do you think a good water purifier could have prevented an outbreak like that?


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Silva Hayes 3 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

I don't think a home filtration system could be counted on to remove viruses. I have read that would require ultrafilters and reverse osmosis. I never understood why the city's filters didn't capture the contaminants. They speculated that the contamination came from cattle runoff but don't think they ever determined for sure. Once you get that deathly ill from drinking water, you never forget it. I still think about it each and every time I eat out, because I would imagine that water for a restaurant's ice cubes and tea comes from the tap.


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watergeek 3 years ago

If it hasn't happened since then, there's a good chance that a government agency identified the culprit and scared them out of doing it again, while noting themselves as culpable too, and taking action of their own to prevent it from happening. It's good there was such a public outcry . . . and sad that so many people were hurt by it.


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Rod Marsden 3 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia Author

I agree with watergeek.


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someonewhoknows 3 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

Food production it seems is at least as Important as our water supply.

Unfortunately I just heard that a small community near where I live is still putting fluoride in their drinking water because the" Mayor" claims the experts he consulted say it's still a good idea to do so. Now ,I don't know what other due diligence their mayor has or has not done investigating the matter but from what Information I gathered on the matter putting fluoride in the water supply isn't necessary due to the facts that it's in most toothpastes which by the way warn the user that it's toxic and if swallowed you should call emergency services right away for treatment and a small swallow by a baby can kill because it is in fact the major ingredient in rat poison.

p.s. The Germans put it in the water supply of prisoner of war camps to keep them docile. Sounds like brain a numbing substance to me if ever their was one.

It ,also affects the Thyroid's function by displacing thyroid hormone necessary in the production of insulin as well as all the other hormones


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Rod Marsden 3 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia Author

Thanks for the further imput, someone.


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watergeek 3 years ago

So is it possible that too much flouride is helping cause the outbreak of diabetes in this country?


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someonewhoknows 3 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

Remove Fluoride From Our Tap Water

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SW00gCpTps&feature...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SW00gCpTps

http://www.youtube.com/embed/-SW00gCpTps" frameborder="0"

Floride also makes you dumb and illogical. A child that drinks fluoridated water drops 20 IQ points. It also makes you not care, which is why you are defending a system that will sell you down the river in a heartbeat.

Fluoride also calcifies your pineal gland, your spiritual window, your natural portal. It dulls this sensation to separate you from that all-encompassing energy, the divine. So this is why it's also used, to keep people in this same consumerist´╗┐ paradigm.

Remove Fluoride From Your Body

The 4 basic elements for golden Health

The dumping of toxic chemical by-products like Fluoride into any body of water is a Federal crime no matter how diluted its spread, therefore why should the dumping of toxic chemicals into municipal drinking water systems not be held to the same Federal crime standards?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iheYCikol9s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedd...

http://www.youtube.com/embed/iheYCikol9s" http://www.youtube.com/embed/iheYCikol9s?rel=0


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Rod Marsden 3 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia Author

Not sure about flouride and biabetes. It is more likely to be the high sugar and fat content in the diets of most Westerners. There are also chemicals used in food colouring and flavouring that are suspect.


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someonewhoknows 3 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

When it comes to diabetes and probably all illnesses it's not likely only one issue - that is the source of the problem. We need insulin in our bloodstream to utilize carbohydrates like sugar,fruits and breads etc.

Insulin is the hormone that is produced by the pancreas and all the bodies hormone production is controlled by the master hormone which is produced by the thyroid and fluoride in water and food displaces Iodine in the thyroid which prevents the thyroid from functioning properly. Naturally occurring Iodine - the only kind that works properly in the thyroid is required for proper thyroid function.

Naturally occurring Iodine in certain foods usually near the ocean ,but also in the soil where plants grow absorb that Iodine from the soil as well as 57 other micro minerals as well also known as beneficial to health as are major minerals like potassium,calcium,magnesium,zinc etc in the soil for optimum health.

Here is a website that talks about how to remove fluoride from the body - Earthclinic.com


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watergeek 3 years ago

Great website! Thanks for the recommendation. I'm going to go buy some borax today.


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Little Grandmommy 3 years ago from Small Town Tennessee

I lived in a home where our water was drawn from a well. No water I have tasted since has even come close. In some places I have lived, pool water would have tasted better than what came from the tap.


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Rod Marsden 3 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia Author

Thank you for your comment, Little Grandmommy.

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