In our humble home, 97% of water present on earth is salted and unable for human use. Out of the remaining three percent, 0.5% is viable for drinking. The remaining 2.5% is stuck in ice-caps, soil, or beneath the surface, we walk on. With bleak statistics, it is exceptionally prudent to start preserving water today.
Avoiding Drought-like Situation
Freshwater supply continues to diminish because of the growing world population and their water needs. Water is used for domestic purposes and industrial purposes worldwide, and the demand does not seem to slow down. The condensation process is natural, with water evaporating into the air and returning to rain. However, the same amount of water does not return to earth.
Therefore, we must practice water preservation so our water sources do not deplete at a faster rate. In addition, we must protect our resources to prevent future droughts. Water is an essential life necessity that must be protected.
Since water is an essential element for existence, its inadequate supply may result in cross-boundary conflicts. If the water supply is not correctly distributed under national boundaries, it leads to riots and protests. Just imagine the situation regarding the water shortage issue between nations. It can lead to trade conflicts or armed confrontations.
Water preservation also carries attributes of political activity. For example, politicians use the water supply to collect votes or defame the current representative as an election strategy. Therefore, water must be distributed based on population and internal demand to prevent further manipulation of water distribution strategies.
Impact on the Environment
An efficient water supply is overall better for the environment. Maintaining water preservation means water processing and recycling plants are no longer required. The reserved land can be turned into nature reserves and preservation land for the inhabitants. Water preservation decreases the national or local demand, which reduces pollution as well.
Setting up a water treatment plant is very labor and capital intensive. The most unfortunate disadvantage is the deforestation that takes place to level the land. More so, animals and organisms previously inhabiting the location are uprooted from their homes.
Worse Public Services
If we do not preserve water at present, you can say goodbye to pools, fountains, and washing cars. We can freely use water to attend to our plants or take long showers without a second thought because of the ample water availability. However, imagine living with limited water volume. Utility bidder will refuse water supply to public locations such as swimming pools, water parks, and other recreational activities for the sake of satisfying domestic demand.
A limited water supply will adversely impact public services such as firefighters, hospitals, and gyms. Gyms would close water therapies and shower services to preserve water. Hospitals’ hygienic services will drastically worsen, which will give rise to in-borne infections such as the Black Fungus in India.
By practicing simple water techniques and reducing our demand for local water usage, we can surely make the future optimistic. Of course, it requires dedication and promoting constant awareness, but it will be worth it for our future generations.