FreshWaterSystems.com invites you to take part in World Water Day by visiting http://www.unwater.org to see how you can help with the global issue of clean fresh water.
We are one of the luckiest countries on the planet, especially in terms of resources. It is not very often that we in the United States think about food, water, and shelter – the basics for human survival. But there is a substantial portion of the world’s population that does. In several locations on our planet, people’s entire day is consumed by the collection of food and water. Did you know it is estimated that 884 million people lack access to clean water? That’s about three times the population of the United States. Another alarming fact about the scarcity of clean water is that estimates show there are 3.5 million people dying each year from water-related sicknesses. Once a year the UNWater.org organization sheds light on the global issue of access to clean drinking water by holding a “World Water Day”, which falls this year on March 22, 2012. To learn more about World Water Day, please visit http://www.unwater.org
Many people start their day by waking up, having breakfast, taking a shower, and then going about their daily routines. And during the course of the day, we have been told by everyone from teachers to doctors to make sure we stay hydrated. Experts recommend that the average person drink roughly eight 8 oz. glasses of water each day, or about one half of a gallon. So, if there are around 370 million people in the United States, someone might conclude that Americans could personally consume up to 185 million gallons of water per day.
Well, not so fast! If it were just drinking water being consumed, then that number might be close. But we forget that there is a “hidden water cost” in everything that we do. And what may come as an even bigger surprise is that very little of that —only five percent—runs through our toilets, taps, and garden hoses. Nearly 95 percent of the water footprint we leave behind is hidden in the food we eat, the energy we use, and nearly every product we buy.
FreshWaterSystems.com asks that you join us to take a moment on World Water Day and think about what each of us can do to protect and conserve one of the world’s most valuable natural resources, fresh water.