Most of us take water for granted, whether it’s the seas and oceans or the water coming out of our faucets. While water accounts for as much as 75% of the human body, only 1% of the Earth’s water is drinkable. This means that water conservation should be vital in every community, so you need to know some important water facts.
Bottled Water Can Be Expensive and Wasteful
We all enjoy great tasting water, and health experts are encouraging us to ditch the sugary sodas in favor of water. Unfortunately, choosing bottled water can be an expensive and wasteful option. Bottled water needs more water to produce a bottle, as water is needed to manufacture the plastic container. The average cost of tap water is just $0.002 per gallon, bottled water costs as much as 11 times more. Additionally, plastic takes hundreds of years to decompose, and many lakes, streams, and beaches are being compromised by plastic waste. This means that your bottled water has an even greater cost.
We’re Drinking Water From the Last Global Ice Age
When you think of drinking cool water, you probably didn’t think about glaciers, but you could be drinking water from the last global ice age. With the lack of drinkable water sources, geologists started to run out of areas where groundwater could be pumped. Additionally, the high rate of water extraction means that we are digging deep into aquifers that contain water that has been on Earth for 10,000 years.
Increases in Water Pumping Increases Natural Disasters
You may have seen pictures of busy streets simply opening up and being swallowed by the Earth. You may wonder about this powerful natural phenomenon, but not linked it to water pumping. In fact, natural disasters from sinkholes to landslides and earthquakes can result from excessive pumping of the groundwater. Excessive pumping causes the soil below the surface to be weakened, and this results in a cave in.
There is a Company Who Tow Icebergs
This may seem almost comical, but one Saudi Arabian prince launched his own iceberg towing enterprise. Although it may not have been possible without his wealth, Iceberg Transport International was established in the 1970s by Mohammed al Faisal. This company was started to melt and process icebergs as a source of freshwater. Although this was a “landmark” effort, this plan was considered unfeasible from an economic stance at an international conference.
It may be possible in the future to have interstellar water extraction as scientists have discovered water on Mars. Surveys have shown that Mars has a number of aquifers that lie a kilometer below the planet’s surface. This suggests that life may be possible on mars as water is considered an essential key to life, so NASA is sure to be considering how we may benefit from the precious water resources on Mars.
Good quality drinking water is vital to our quality of life, so if you have concerns about your water supply, you should speak to a water treatment professional. A fully WQA certified specialist will not only check contaminant levels in your water, but guide you through the treatment options suited to your specific water quality issues.
By Terry Reeh, EcoWater Systems of Nebraska.
With more than 25 years experience in the residential and commercial water treatment space, Terry is a WQA (Water Quality Association) certified water specialist, LEVEL 3, as well as a WQA certified sales representative. Terry currently sits on EcoWater Systems (a Berkshire Hathaway Company) national Peers committee, as a water treatment expert advising other water professionals with less experience on best trade and technology practices. EcoWater Systems of Nebraska is one of the biggest water treatment and water delivery businesses in the state.