Water is Essential to Human Life
It’s 85 degrees and your throat is parched. As sweat drips down your neck, you envision a tall glass of cool water. You enter the kitchen, grab a glass, and turn on the faucet. Nothing happens. You stare, incredulous. Your mouth believes it’s filled with cotton as you sprint to the bathroom, twist the faucet and wait for that nice clear water to rush out. Nothing happens. What’s going on?? You stare at your empty glass and reevaluate your dog, who laps happily out of the toilet bowl. – Adapted from Care 2Be Green
Does that make you think twice about whether or not you should help conserve water? It is our responsibility to help conserve and preserve our water so that we will always have plenty of pure, clean water to drink and use for other purposes as well. There are many places in the world where there is not enough pure, clean water for the people, but people cannot live without drinking. Every 8 seconds, a young person in a third world country dies from insufficient water supply or lack of pure water. Right now most of us have plenty of water and by just turning on the faucet, it is at our disposal. What we have plenty of with such little effort, we often take for granted. We don’t usually think twice about the water that goes down our drain. When we turn on the faucet and water comes pouring out right down the drain, we don’t even think about the fact that we are wasting water.
The average American uses between 150-250 gallons of water daily. We could easily get by with a lot less if we just took the time to think about little things like turning off the faucet while brushing our teeth or shaving. We need to think when we use water, pay attention to what we are using it for, and we will soon realize just how much water we have been wasting.The demands on our fresh water are ever increasing in today’s modern society. New uses for this precious resource are being discovered constantly. Of all the water used in the United States, about 47% is used in agriculture, 44% in industry, and only about 9% is used in households. Of the 9% that is used in households, only a very small portion is actually used as drinking water.
Americans use more water per household than any other country in the world. The results of the United States Geological Survey record that about 450 billion gallons of water are used in this country per day. That amounts to somewhere around 2,000 gallons per person per day. I know, you don’t think that you use anywhere near that much water every day. You are right, you don’t use that much water every day. That figure includes water that is used on farms and in factories to produce the food you eat; to cool your house, school, stores, and work places; to generate energy for running lights and appliances; and to produce manufactured goods. Even if you don’t use 2,000 gallons of water every day, you probably use a lot more than you think. It is estimated that the average American uses between 100 and 200 gallons of water every day in the home.
People have always relied on lakes and rivers to provide food.
Commercial fishing has been a prominent industry, as well as a vital source of food. Laws have been made about how many fish may be caught when and where so that people do not over-fish any body of water. When our water becomes polluted, many fish die and this creates a problem not only in the food chain, but also in the job line. Many people make their living fishing, and if there are not enough fish to keep all of the fisherman busy, then there could be many people without jobs. The human body is made up of about 60-70% water. Your body uses water to digest food, maintain body temperature, remove wastes and toxins, cleanse the eyes, lubricate joints, and so much more. You probably drink a couple of glasses of water a day, but you also take in water from the food you eat. It is vital to your health that your body have enough water. You can probably live for several weeks without eating any food, but you would last only a few days without any water. With a loss of only 15% of your body’s water, you are likely to die.