The good and the bad: Water usage
Mon, May 25, 2009 at 5:26 PM
Some chemists call it dihydrogen monoxide or "the universal solvent," the IUPAC calls it oxidane, but the general population refers to it by its most common name: water. The human body's composition requires approximately 60-70 percent water in order to maintain optimum health. Even the smallest life forms such as bacteria require water in order to exist. Water is necessary to the world economy in order to generate power and create vital products. Overall, the world could not exist without this heavenly answer to a boiling-hot summer day. Unfortunately, many people do not understand the importance of water conservation.
From late 2007 to early 2008, the Charlotte metropolitan area along with most of North Carolina suffered from a major drought that forced many local governments to suspend landscaping projects and enact emergency water conservation legislation. Residents felt the burden of the drought when many once-green lawns turned brown. Some local governments went as far as rationing the newly endangered resource. In the end, the legacy of the drought finally gave residents the true meaning of water conservation.
Fortunately, conserving water is a highly cost-effective and sustainable practice. Some of the easiest and most cost-effective methods of water conservation include taking shorter showers, using gutter attachments to divert rainwater into gardens, and rain barrels. More difficult conservation practices include reconstructing gutter systems for residences and implementing xeriscape gardening systems. In the end, conserving water is easy, affordable and a great benefit to your fellow man.
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