Drinking Water, A Non-Renewable Resource
Running Out of Water, Are We?
For centuries, nobody was worried about nature’s renewable and ever-present resources, like coal, oil, wood, and now, water. Only now?
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I have heard about people and champions of the written word begging for, and complaining about the lack of, potable drinking water in all parts of the world. And now it is finally at a head? Let’s list a few facts.
Planning For the Future
Proponents of forward thinking have been talking about greywater usage and rain barrel water collection for decades. As a matter of fact, I grew up with using rain barrels for the garden, so that is nothing new. That was just logical thinking, and many of us lived in the country where we didn’t have to pay for water to come out of the tap.
My nextdoor neighbor did her dishes in a plastic dishpan, and when she was done, she watered her flowers with the greywater. On a larger scale, if one was able to afford a washer, this wastewater was also used for something else, like the garden or for flushing toilets. When we went camping, we boiled the water from a stream and we drank it. There was no such thing as bottled water.
Do We Need to Act on Drinking Water for the Future ASAP?
Should We Look to the Past for a Solution?
With the advent of time, money-making schemes like bottled water came into existence, which was wonderful for those people on the go, because they didn’t know what they were drinking elsewhere, or they wanted hydration while on a long walk, but a thermos could be used for the same thing.
What I am getting at right now, is that in order to conserve and save our water in the future, we must tighten our belts, and look to the past for a solution. After all, since 2002, Nestle has some kind of deal going with the Morongo tribe of Mission Indians to pump water from the Millard Canyon aquifer in the most parched area of the state. Nobody knows the details on what is going on in the reservation, as it is done through tribal law. But, it would be a part of a solution to a water problem, even though the rights were sold to the tribe in the early part of the 21st century. My question is by whom and where did that right come from?
Adjust Those Priorities in a Growing World
With global warming, we are living with rising sea levels, and many palavers all over the world have been talking about desalination for at least thirty years that I know about. Where have we come with the cost factor and the viability? Is it in the same pot of stew as curing cancer and heart disease? Do we need to adjust our priorities?
I grew up in a very small town and during those days, sewage went right into Dyer’s Bay. Believe it or not, it made its way into the same coastal water fifteen years ago, as well, until a few laws were finally enacted against it. In 2015, I also understand that the populous area around the Nile’s river delta is going through the same thing. What are we thinking?
Solutions at a Glance
The pressure is also on for growing more and more food for the ever-increasing population of the world. Where is the agricultural cancer-causing glyphosphate insecticide going when it rains? You guessed it, right into our drinking water.
Also, another water waste problem is leaking pipes, like those toilets that constantly run and the water that travels down the streets directly into the sewer from the broken pipes that should be watering the grass. I see it on a daily basis as I walk to work.
Seeding clouds in order to make it rain was done in the past, with a great deal of success. I’d like to know what happened with that.
Will We Stand the Test of Time?
So, you see, these are not problems that are new. These things should have been considered a century ago, and where have we come since then? It appears to be a necessity to plan for the future, not throw up your hands now, and say, “What are we going to do?”
You were just given the solutions that also are not new. Let’s implement them, not put them further on down the drawing board, while our government is allowing Big Oil to now drill in the Chukchi Sea. But I shall discuss that another time.
© 2015 Deb Hirt