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Will Water be Worth its Weight in Gold Soon?
Water, that substance that is vital to life, is quickly becoming scarce. Everything on this earth requires water and humans are no different. However, unlike most life on this planet, man can manipulate, control, conserve, and mandate what happens to that most precious gift, water.
If the consumption of water remains unchanged, it’s being predicted by top scientists that water is going to be literally worth its weight in gold by 2020. That’s just 6 years away, friends. Although you might look around you and think that there is plenty of water, looks are deceiving. Although it’s true that about 70 percent of the world’s surface is covered in water, only 3 percent of that water is fresh water and only 1 percent of that available fresh water is accessible for humans.
Long term sustainability is no longer just a good piece of advice but has become mandatory. Humans haven’t put much thought into their water sources, which has helped to dwindle water supplies. Vast developments where there is little or no water to begin with, our aging water infrastructure, and continued growth in the manufacturing sector, which can require huge amounts of water. Our never ending quest for lush, beautiful gardens and lawns, swimming pools, manmade lakes, golf courses, and fishing ponds have grown consistently over the past 60 years and doesn’t show any sign of slowing.
The availability of water in most large cities in the USA is a widespread and pressing problem. Even though the problem has been declared as “dire”, information about how most people can save water is unclear or falls on deaf ears.
Environment magazine stated in their issue from July/August, that an average US household only needs about 13 gallon of water per day ( on average) for basic needs, they tend to use 98 gallons of water every single day. This isn’t due to negligence or an intentional recklessness, but out of a lack of information, more than anything else.
When surveys are conducted about how people could best save water, most people respond that they should take shorter showers, rather than use more effective practices with toilets. Almost all survey respondents vastly underestimated their average water usage.
Many of the ways that most households can save water involve spending some money upfront in the way upgrading appliances or adding an upgraded type of modification to their current plumbing system, which, although it involves upfront costs, pays off in the long run when it saves both money and water.
Simply finding ways to conserve water can be beneficial to more than just our immediate pocketbooks. When you conserve water you can vastly extend the life of your septic tank by reducing soil saturation. The less water that flows through your septic tank, the less the probability that pollution will escape to the ground. The less water you use, the longer you can go in-between having your system pumped out. Some neighborhoods have reported that through communitywide conservation efforts, expensive sewage system expansion projects were avoided.
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