In the United States we are blessed to have fresh water that meets many of our needs. If we want to continue to enjoy all the benefits of that water, we have no choice but to take steps to protect and properly treat it. Otherwise we can keep our heads in the sand and wait for someone else to fix the problem. But hey, there's water on the moon, right? I'll start packing.
Certainly, increasing rates is appropriate in communities where they have been set too low, but clean, clear water is so essential to public health and well being that it warrants public funding. Proposals to accomplish that, such as the Water Protection and Reinvestment Act, deserve close scrutiny and support.
Once people have access to a well and a toilet their lives improve drastically, especially so for women. In Malawi women and girls are typically responsible for bringing water to the household, a task that can sometimes take an hour per trip, for as many as 10 trips each day. Many women make these trips in the dark and are subject to sexual harassment and rape. They typically spend so much time finding water that many women are unable to spend much time with their families and as they grow older, many girls no longer have time to go to school.
There may always be water flowing in California, but "normal" is definitely in flux and we can’t control the weather. Before we construct massive new water delivery systems that encourage waste and consume large amounts of energy, perhaps we should consider adjusting our expectations about what can realistically be grown, when and where.
Although we face an uncertain future where water is concerned, with creative thinking and flexibility we will meet our needs, even in the face of shifting precipitation patterns and increasing populations.
Those of us at EcoCentric are excited to write about this year’s topic - water - because it’s one of our main issues. The blogging started on Tuesday and continued all week.
The NYC Water System archive, which has just been restored, has photos, drawings and documents that captured the process of designing and building the extensive system.
It’s World Water Week and this year’s theme is "Responding to Global Changes-Water in an Urbanising World." Here are a few examples of our nation’s water and wastewater infrastructure issues.
Whether it’s the flooded Northeast or drought-stricken Texas, the threats are different, but the problems are the same: Farms are devastated, power plants shut down and water supplies are threatened.
World Water Day 2012 is Thursday, March 22. Find out what’s going on and what you can do to celebrate our most precious resource.
Millions of people across Long Island rely on a water supply that is at risk from a number of threats. Is a solution within reach? Watch this video to find out.
People often take their drinking water for granted. So is it any wonder that many Americans aren't aware of the more than 30-year old National Drinking Water Week? Maybe it's time to start caring more.
Watch Aqua teach her family about water conservation, then download the Aqua Family poster to keep the water conservation message going!
Watch Aqua teach her family about water conservation, then download the Aqua Family at the Reservoir poster to keep the water conservation message going!
Watch Aqua teach her family about saving water, then download and use the Aqua Coloring Book and keep the water conservation message going!
Watch Aqua teach her family about saving water, then download the Aqua and Squirt Tooth Brush Turnoff scene poster to keep the water conservation message going!