WATER: SCARY FACTS

 

 

 

 

 

Facts About Water, Water Pollution & Water Consumption

We need to cut down on water consumption, plain and simple. There will be a time coming very soon when this luxury we take for granted simply won’t be there, or will be in such short supply you will have to keep it under lock and key; by soon, I mean in your lifetime dear reader, or most definitely in the lifetime of your children.

Our grandchildren will look at us aghast when we tell them that, back in the old days, we used to flush our toilets with gallons of drinking water as we sent it off for treatment!

We have to harvest, store and recycle water at householder, agricultural and industrial level and treat it for what it is; more precious than gold.
There are simple methods that would drastically reduce our consumption of water.
Luckily, as always, there are simple solutions which we will explore below with Problems & Solutions that could help reduce water consumption and improve the quality of life on earth

1)  PROBLEM
Seventy percent of all freshwater is used for irrigation (70% !) The daily drinking water requirement per person is 2-4 litres, but it takes 2000 to 5000 litres of water to produce one person’s daily food!
1)  SOLUTION
STOP CURRENT ANCIENT FARMING PRACTICES (and Grow Your Own vegetables)
HOW? FARMERS CONVERT TO THE RAISED BED METHOD:
Use terra preta / organic compost and cover with woodchip; this saves about 80% of that 70% of water for irrigation. Simple, no?
NOTE:
Recycle centres produce thousands of tons of horticultural waste annually. Dairy farmers produce tons of cow poop. You mix the two together and make compost. There is no shortage of compostable material. Yes, it really is that simple.
Added advantage: great tasting organic crops that are not full of pesticides. (care must be taken not to make compost from industrial carbon/furniture/wood/ it contains chemicals such as arsenic)

2)  PROBLEM
The average American household uses a staggering 400 gallons of water per day!

2)  SOLUTION: Here are 10 WAYS TO CUT WATER CONSUMPTION
Harvesting and storing rainwater has the added advantage of using water that is not contaminated with fluoride, chlorine and other trace chemicals.

3) PROBLEM: BEEF BURGERS
It takes 15000 litres of water to produce one kilo of grain-fed beef for beefburgers according to WATER FOOTPRINT (website) (download the report here)   (It takes a while to download) According to this Wiki there are about 2 billion cows on the planet. In addition to water consumed, a lot of CO2 comes out of both ends of a cow.

3) SOLUTION: REDUCE BEEF CONTENT IN BURGERS BY 95% (flavouring only) AND REPLACE WITH (NON GMO) SOYA BEAN (or go 100% soy)
NOTE: One leading burger joint is responsible for the slaughter of 25 million cows per year! They will tell you they are not responsible for the keeping and slaughter of cows, because they buy it all in from suppliers; but that little ‘kop-out’ is the same as saying I was not responsible for killing someone because I paid somebody else to do it.

4) PROBLEM: FLUSH TOILETS Toilet Water Capacity
Before the 1950s, toilets typically used 7 gallons or more for each flush. By the end of the 1960s, toilets were designed to flush with only 5.5 gallons, and in the 1980s the new toilets being installed were using only 3.5 gallons. Today, a new toilet uses no more than 1.6 gallons of water. But that is still 1.6 gallons of drinking water!

4) SOLUTION NTU SINGAPORE have created a toilet system that uses 90% less water than a conventional system: it also turns poop into electricity. CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEOS

And http://eco1solutions.com/ have created a waterless toilet called the human8ture(r)

Why is a waterless toilet so important? Because 2 billion people worldwide don’t have a toilet and resort to defecating in fields and rivers. This poisons the water table and leads to sickness on global scale.People in developing countries don’t worry if the water is going to be ph5 or too alkaline; they worry it is going to kill them. Clean drinking water is vital to life and (should be) a basic human right.

5) PROBLEM: Seven billion people on the planet

SOLUTION: ,We need to have a global-one-child policy for the next 50 years to get the population / pollution down to around 1 billion. Seven billion + people on this tiny fragile planet is just not sustainable. The cracks are already beginning to show, big time. With only one billion humans on the planet, we will require 70% less water. Common sense.

So, there you have it, 5 samples of how we could reduce water consumption on the planet by about 70%!

More Facts & Figures about Water Below

WATER BOTTLES

Water Bottles

I personally think PET mineral water bottles are an abomination on the planet. I try my best to carry my own bottle with home tap water, but have to confess to using them on occasion. Did you know that if you pay a dollar for a bottle of water, only 5cents of that goes on the water? Crazy, no? What’s even more crazy is that very few of them actually get recycled. If you are going to buy water, at least buy the big water dispensers that server clean, cool mineral water.

Here’s a couple of good ideas though for reusing plastic water bottles.

SODIS

SODIS

I know…I know I know. Not the best solution in the world considering the health information given in the video above… but, it saves a bottle from going into the landfill or littering the street, and… given the choice between that and dying from diarrhea, well, goes without saying.

bottle gardens

From a simple cut-up, stand-alone water bottle to a complex garden array, you can grow loads of fresh veg’s from your bottle garden. Advantages: it saves a bottle going into the landfill, you don’t have to pay for a plant pot, you can have them hanging on your balcony or garden fence, taking up no floor space, and, you get to eat fresh vegetables. Great, rewarding, hobby!

house built from water bottles Okay, so we are getting a bit off subject here, but with a bit of imagination you could even build a house from water bottles. Any more great ideas? Let me know :  )

SOME MORE READING FOR YOU BELOW

WATER FACTS

SEVERE WATER SCARCITY BY 2050

Another very good system is to have a pump installed from your shower and washing machine drain. These two greywater sources would be more than enough to flush the cistern. A 10 gallon holding tank under the sink, a bit of plumbing and a tiny pump is all it takes.
By these simple steps above we could reduce our water usage globally by at least 50%. FIFTY PERCENT!

WE NEED TO ACT RESPONSIBLY

But it can’t be done, right? Especially with the big companies, will they cut down on water consumption?  Starbucks Cuts Monthly Water Use to 24 Gallons Per SF

IN LESS THAN 20 YEARS – WATER DEMAND WILL EXCEED SUPPLY BY 40%

WHY WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF WATER

WALLGREENS PLAN WORLD’S FIRST ZERO % ENERGY STORE

A BICYCLE THAT PRODUCES CLEAN DRINKING WATER
Use this technology to produce clean drinking water from pyrolysis

WATER AS AN ENERGY SOURCE   “Remarkably, these companies are turning cost-centers into profit centers and unlocking important energy potential to make our water infrastructure more efficient and robust,” Kate Gasner, Imagine H2O’s prize manager, said in a prepared statement.

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