Why should we conserve water given that 71% of the Earth is covered with water?
What we know about water on Earth looks like this..97% of all water on our planet is salt water which is not suitable for drinking. Only 3% of all the water is fresh water, and only 1% is available for drinking. 2% of the available freshwater sources is locked in ice caps and glaciers.
With the continuing growth in the world population of humans, and with a small percentage of water suitable for drinking it just makes sense that we conserve this precious resource. We depend on water to sustain life as we know it, so we should learn how to conserve it and how to keep it pure and safe for consumption moving forward.
Why save? Our water supply is not infinite, it is not endless. We all need water to live our daily lives so water conservation is not just for scientists, hydrologists, city planners and the like…it is up to each one of us to use water with conservation in mind.
Conserving water minimizes the effects of drought and water shortage. Our need for fresh water is always increasing because of population and industry growth…but the supply remains constant. Thanks to the water cycle, water always return to Earth but not always to the same spot , in the same quantity and quality.
Conservation guards against rising costs and political conflict. By not conserving we could face a lack of adequate quality water leading to rising costs, potentially reduced food supplies, and political conflict.
We need to conserve to preserve our environment.
We need to conserve for recreational purposes. Golf courses, swimming pools and spas require large amounts of water. We also need water to water lawns, trees , flowers, and vegetable gardens.
Safe and beautiful communities require a volume of good quality water. Firefighters, hospitals, gas stations, health clubs, and restaurants need large amounts of water to provide their services to the community.
It is up to all of us to conserve water, every little bit helps, so what you do as an individual does count. Make conservation a way of life.