Why Water Conservation? 1

Water

The better aware we are, the better we understand our surroundings.  Water is an element that drastically impacts our surroundings and is a shared commonality found across the globe.  “Humans need water to live, plain and simple”.¹

How long can the average healthy human live without water?  Roughly 3 to 5 days .¹ With only 3% of readily available fresh water and a growing population, we need to take an active stance in water conservation and become more aware.²

The Worlds Water

As we begin to discuss water, view earth as a “closed system,” like a terrarium.²  “That means that the Earth neither, as a whole, gains nor loses much matter, including water”. ² It moves continuously around, throughout, and above the Earth in the form of water vapor, liquid water, and ice.²  Research has revealed that some of the same water that existed on Earth millions of years ago is still exists on Earth today.²   With its many forms, water should be considered a driving force for most forms of conservation.  

Figure 1                      

The figure to the left  shows all of the earth’s water (liquid, ice, freshwater, saline) if it were condensed into a sphere.² The water sphere would have a diameter of about 860 miles, ranging from Salt Lake City, Utah to Topeka, Kansas, USA. ²It would have a height (towards your vision) of 860 miles high as well, so still a huge amount of water.²  The true value of this image is to image that only 3% of the sphere is readily available drinking water.² From recycling to gas emissions, conservation as a whole actively benefits water conservation.

Figure 1(Credit: Illustration by Jack Cook, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; USGS.)

Learn More & Get Involved

References

¹ Bryant, Charles W..  “How long can you go without food and water?”  11 February 2008. HowStuffWorks.com. <http://health.howstuffworks.com/diseases-conditions/death-dying/live-without-food-and-water.htm&gt;  15 October 2011.

² U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological Survey
URL: http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/mwater.html

http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/earthwherewater.html

http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/2010/gallery/global-water-volume.htm

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