World Water Day Facts to Learn Because Dry, Dusty, and Dead is Not a Good Scenario

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World Water Day is coming up on March 22nd (like it does every year!). With all the chaos in environmental protection recently, I thought it was a good cause to talk about. Share these World Water Day facts with as many people as you can. If more people had an understanding of how fragile our environment is, I think there would be a lot fewer people calling for deregulation of the Environmental Protection Agency.

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World Water Day Facts to Learn Because Dry, Dusty, and Dead is Not a Good Scenario

World Water Day Facts to Learn

Several years ago, Georgia was suffering from the worst drought in it’s recorded history. Combine a very inflated population with a system of poor watershed management and record low rainfall,  and city officials were starting to tell us we only had a few days worth of drinking water left available to us. Needless to say, I was starting to get a bit worried. What does a person do when they turn on the tap and nothing comes out? Like many people in the metro Atlanta area, I went to the grocery store and bought many gallons of bottled water. Not sure how I thought that was going to ensure my survival but it seemed like a good thing to do at the time.

 World Water Day Facts to Learn Because Dry, Dusty, and Dead is Not a Good Scenario
Many people in this world don’t have the luxury of even HAVING indoor plumbing. They have to head to wells, lakes, or rivers and carry their water back home in buckets. I am pretty sure that daily showers lasting upwards of 30 minutes are probably not a luxury they get to indulge in. We remind our teenagers daily that water is  NOT an unlimited resource so they will speed up their daily bathing rituals. Of course, I have yet to find this particularly effective but I still keep trying.
In honor of World Water Day, I wanted to take a moment to remind everyone what a precious resource our water supply is. Without it, this planet (and all of US!) would be in a heap of trouble.

What is World Water Day?

International World Water Day is held every year on March 22 as a way to bring attention to the importance of freshwater and encourage the sustainable management of freshwater resources. Every year, they have a different focus and this year’s theme is wastewater.

Globally, the vast majority of all the wastewater from our homes, cities, industry and agriculture flows back to nature without being treated or reused – polluting the environment, and losing valuable nutrients and other recoverable materials.

Add in untreated water runoff from fracking sites and you have a massively polluted system of wastewater causing a global health crisis.

World Water Day Facts to Learn Because Dry, Dusty, and Dead is Not a Good Scenario

How You Can Participate in World Water Day

There are only so many things that the average American can do to protect the global water supply, however, you are not powerless. Here are a few ways that you can reduce your impact on the waters of our world

  • Follow a healthier, sustainable diet (keeping our water cleaner with organic farming). Even if you can only afford one or two organic produce items per week, every small change helps.
  • Consume less water-intensive products (ie reducing our meat consumption). Traditional factory farms are a horrible source of contamination for our global water supply. Choose organically raised and sustainably sourced animal products whenever possible. Grass fed beef pollutes our wastewater much less than conventional feedlot animal practices.
  • Use natural products in your bathing routine. Remember, everything you put on your body is eventually washed down the drain.
  • Use a commercial car wash that recycles its wastewater rather than washing your car in the driveway.
  • Skip the chemicals and fertilizers on your yard. Learn to love weeds and rest easy that your children are not playing in grass that has been sprayed with cancer causing agents that will eventually wash into local streams and rivers.
  • Investigate greywater systems for your home and yard. Instead of wasting your wastewater, learn how you can reuse it around the house.

Hopefully, I have inspired you to rethink your wastewater. While it may seem like a drop in the bucket when you consider the global water problems we face, remember that every baby step helps! Please share these World Water Day facts with others and let’s improve the quality of our water, one drop at a time!

 Remember, once the water is gone, we will all be dry, dusty and dead!

Like these World Water Day facts?

Try a few of these posts for more information!

 

How to Use Less Water at Home

How to Use Less Water at Home without Giving Up Your Shower

How to Conserve Water in the Kitchen

How to Conserve Water in the Kitchen

 

Bottled Water Facts

Comments

  1. What a great post. I love the idea of doing more organic farming to save our water supply!
  2. Lisa Sharp says
    Oklahoma (where I live) was also in our worst drought, worse than the dust bowl. You likely heard about Texas, well we had the same problems news just doesn't like to talk about us unless we do something stupid haha.

    There were fires non-stop, watering bans, and so much dust! Also we had record heat. I will never forget last summer. We are still waiting to see how many trees we lost. We did lose lots of plants and all of our grass.

    We did just get good news, a lot of Oklahoma (and I believe parts of Texas) is out of the drought!! We still need more rain to fill all the lakes and rivers but it's great to see some green for the first time in over a year.

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