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Updated on August 2, 2011

Where has the Clean Water Gone

Water is a precious commodity. It is more precious than oil. Most of us think that it will never run out, but experts are telling us that we will be going to war over it. Much of the world's water is polluted and more than 1 billion people in the world lack clean drinking water. We need water in order to live. 80% of the illness in our world is due poor sanitation and poor drinking water. Water can carry disease just as the air can. 1.8 million children die every year without clean water and this amounts to about 5,000 deaths a day.

The developing countries including the United States use the vast majority of water especially when it comes to waste disposal and industry. As Americans we take water for granted. Most of us have access to clean water, can take hot showers everyday, use it to keep our lawns green, clean our cars, wash our dishes and clothes and make a profit from it by selling it.

Water is not spread evenly across the planet. In flying over the United States we find vast sections of the West arid and dry. Much of the water used there comes from the Colorado river, which has been dammed and diverted upstream. People are able to use it in places that were dry before in places like Las Vegas. There is a demand for more water in the agriculture endeavors in the Midwest. The water used there comes mainly from the Ogallala aquifer, which is a subterranean lake and is becoming greatly depleted. The water quality in this area is becoming contaminated by agricultural pesticides.

There is little regard for the use of water.  We look at water from the stance of what can we get out of it.  There are several articles at this website on how we have violated the oceans by throwing our garbage and medical wastes into.  Wildlife has been destroyed by swallowing tons of plastic bottles.  Industry pollutes it by flushing away its waste into it.  This kind of action indicates that we don't value water as being filled with life, that helps sustain life and gives us pleasure.  We have lost our connection with water; a precious commodity that held us in the womb of our mothers.  Now we faced with coming up with ways to clean up the water before we loose it.


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