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    Save Water, Our Diminishing Commodity



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    Save Water, Our Diminishing Commodity

    Post  KamiKaze on Sun Aug 03, 2008 3:33 pm

    Water covers about two thirds or 70% of the total surface of the earth. 97.5% of the water is salt water, leaving only 2.5% as fresh water. Nearly 70% of the fresh water is frozen in the icecaps of Antarctica and Greenland and most of the remainder is present as soil moisture, or lies in deep underground aquifers as groundwater not accessible to human use. Merely less than 1% of the world’s fresh water (~0.007% of the water on earth) is accessible for direct human use. Fresh water is undoubtedly the most precious natural resource that exists on our planet. Without this invaluable compound that comprised of hydrogen and oxygen, living is virtually impossible. Water is used for drinking, cooking, washing, cleaning , gardening and just about any other activities we care to do. In fact many facets of our daily lives centered upon water. It is the most valuable gift Mother Nature has given to mankind. We ought not to pollute it or waste it by any means.
    It is important for us to know how precious water is and how to conserve or save it from pollution. Although we as humans are aware of the importance of water, we disregard it by polluting our rivers, lakes, and oceans. Subsequently, not only the fish and water become unsafe for human consumption, many water organisms are dying or becoming extinct. We must stop polluting our natural water resources from harmful farming wastes, toxic industrial wastes and other rubbish. The next time you decide to throw any wastes or rubbish into the rivers, lakes and oceans, remember the fish you eat come from them.
    You must also know that the pure clean water that you drink comes from the rivers. Water is pumped from the river and goes through several stages of cleaning in special machines and tanks. What type of water do we get if our rivers become too polluted? We must save our rivers from pollution. We often listened to the elderly folks relating how the rivers had changed over the years. In those days, rivers were very deep, clear and dark green. However, today the river is the colour of “teh-tarik”, filthy and shallow.
    I was stunned by the article that I read from the internet. It says that water crisis or serious shortage of water will hinder China’s march forward. The Yellow River, China’s second longest, supplies water to over 150 million people and irrigates 15 percent of the country’s farmland. In recent years, it has occasionally run dry before reaching the sea. Water levels in the upper reaches of the Yellow River have hit a historic low and officials have warned that China may run out of water by 2030. Most of the rivers in China contain various pollutants and have led to hundreds of millions of people going without regular drinking water. We definitely do not want our country to suffer from this problem. As we know that there will be an increase in the demand of water as the population grows. We must carry out different measures to save our water from pollutions of any kind. We must put our words into actions!
    We must not forget to play our individual roles starting from our own homes to save this diminishing commodity, our precious water. There are many easy ways to save water from wastage. Never let used water to go down the drain when there may be another use for it such as recycling it by watering the plants or washing the cars. Verify that your home is leak-free, because many homes have hidden water leaks. Read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak. Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose tissues, insects and other such wastes in the trash rather than the toilets. Take shorter showers. Replace your showerhead with an ultra-low-flow version.
    You must not waste water by letting the tap water runs free while shaving, brushing your teeth or washing your face. When washing dishes by hand, fill the sink or basin with soapy water. After washing, quickly rinse under a slow-moving stream from the faucet. Do not use running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods. Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator or by using the defrost setting on your microwave. If the toilet flush handle frequently sticks in the flush position, letting water run constantly, replace or adjust it. Those are just a few of the many ways in which we can do to save the water from wastage.
    Constant awareness efforts and education programs are required for the present population and future generations so that different measures can be successfully carried out to save water- the unprocessed water from pollution and processed water from wastage. We must save our water, our diminishing commodity irrespective of where we live, in arid land or in a land where water is plentiful. Water pollution and water shortage are world’s environmental problems. Thus, it is the mankind’s responsibilities to ensure the problems of water mistreatment can be reversed.

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