Tuesday, January 22, 2008

On Water

It is estimated that the average American individual uses 100-125 gallons of water a day (most of which is used for anything other than drinking e.g. showers, laundry, toilet, dishes, lawn) while an African family will use only five. I know, one reading this one might argue that usage rates have to do with abundance. There is a misconception that the U.S. has plenty of water to quench the thirst of its 300 million residents. But....

Ben Grumbles, assistant administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Water, stresses the importance of conservation. "We predict 36 states will experience water shortages by 2013. Water is this country's greatest liquid asset."- from USA TODAY http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/2007-07-15-xeriscaping_N.html

"Water has become imperiled, not through the deliberate actions of evil men...but through the small doings of many — far too many — ordinary people, doing things the way they have always done them. That’s where the real danger lies.”
-Marq de Villiers

"When the well is dry, we learn the worth of water."
-Benjamin Franklin

A human being can survive a mere 4 days without water.

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