If the water in your tap runs clean and clear and doesn’t make you sick, give your local waste water treatment center a hand. Or better yet, make their job a little easier by taking step to conserve water. Some people think that water conservation is not something we have to worry about every day. Sure, when it’s hot and the city imposes restrictions on when we can water our lawns we think about it. Or if there is a natural disaster that causes a water shortage, we think about it. But in our daily lives many of us simply don’t think.
The truth is, the natural disaster is here. Only 1 of the water on the planet is useable, and at least 36 states expect major shortages by the year 2013. Every bit of water conservation we can muster will delay this crisis, and will help everyone.
One of the most blatant reasons why we should conserve water is that it will save us money, both as individuals and as a community. The most direct manafestation of this is that you will see lower water and sewer bills. Maybe you’ll get to see a movie, or buy a new sweater, or pay another bill. However you use the money you save it’s better than pouring it down the drain.
Your city’s water facilities also breathes a sigh of relief the more you conserve water. That clear water running through your tap may look easy to you, but it takes a lot of people and work to keep it that way. Water treatment plants have to figure out ways to keep that water healthy and plentiful. More and more people needed to be trained and hired, which means higher taxes for you and others in your community.
We should also conserve water to keep our water healthy. When it comes to available fresh water, we are clearly skating on thin ice, and sooner or later something’s gotta give. The more water has to be engineered in order to be consumed the greater the chance it will wind up contaminated. And it’s not just the water in our own househilds we need to be concerned about. Lakes, streams, ponds, and groundwater also become contaminiated when there is too much pressure on water treatment facilities affecting animals, and ultimately the entire food chain.