Access to water is a right- not a privilege

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Lake CameronIsn’t it beautiful? Don’t you think everyone should have access to freshwater like that? How many of you have ever experienced water scarcity? The closest I have ever come is limiting when I can water my lawn or plants in the summer months. It is hard to believe that 884 million people lack access to safe water and supplies; approximately one in eight people.

Did you know that:

  • Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related illness
  • Women spend 200 million hours a day collecting water
  • More than 3x more people lack water than live in the United States
  • The majority of illness is caused by fecal matter infested water
  • More people have a mobile than a toilet

Makes you want to rethink your 10 minute shower that uses approximately 170 litres of water. That is more water than one person in a developing country uses in one single week.

Over 90% of the water we consume comes from the choices we make each day regarding what we eat, the clothing we wear, and the amount of electricity we use. The water we all consume leaves a footprint, one that can impact our local rivers and lakes, as well as those people living thousands and thousands of kilometres away.

  • 13 litres of water is needed to grown one tomato.
  • 30-35 litres of water is required to grow enough tea leaves for a single cup
  • 15,500 litres of  water is required to get a steak dinner on your plate. Most of the water consumed comes from the growth and production of the cow’s diet of forage and grains. The water footprint of a beef cow is 3.1 million litres over its lifespan.

Water scarcity is a global issue. Waiting to conserve when the situation becomes dire is most certainly not the way to approach this issue. We need to start conserving our precious resources now. We often take it for granted (myself included) the abundance of water we have here. We need to start using our water responsibly.

After watching Blue Gold, I think that if we continue polluting, diverting, pumping, and wasting our limited supply of fresh water at an exponential rate as our population and technology grows, we may very well end up in a war over water. Having a shortage of oil will be the least of our problems.

What will you do to reduce your water footrpint and keep our freshwater, just that fresh, for generations to come?

Let’s make a difference one drop at a time!