Water, water – what a waste

June 8, 2013

Water, the lack of and what is happening to it are hot topics right now.

We question how safe it is to drink, its quality and how much is left in the world.

This isn’t good.

Neither is the taste of water in my town. Seriously, it’s the worst tasting water I’ve ever had. Well, maybe the second worse.

During a trip across Mississippi I stopped in a small paper mill town for lunch. Not only did the water smell bad, it tasted terrible, so did the iced tea, which is unheard of in the South. My dog must have thought it tasted crappy too because he shook his head after tasting it.


We love water, take vacations on water. We play on water in boats of every size and type and disappear to peace and nature at fishing lakes that offer us solitude and restoration, as well as the catch of the day.

Cities are built near water, and traveling to islands to vacation, or live, beckons us like the call of the wild enticed the pioneers.

Great pleasure is taken in water at beaches, we believe in the powers of mineral water baths, we go cruising in giant ships, and we spend millions of dollars at water parks.

Niagara Falls and islands across the world are favorite retreats for honeymooners, and we depend on rivers to move products by barges from state to state. And dare I mention how much water is needed to provide electric power; it’s measureless.

But we waste water daily. Squander it, carelessly water grass, sidewalks and parking lots for hours, and frivolously wash zillions of gallons down the drain. And, our careless, excessive use in our homes is sinful.

So why are we not protecting it instead of wasting and polluting it?

The shower we take every day uses up to 25 gallons, a tub bath uses more and brushing our teeth uses a gallon.

It takes upwards of 60 gallons to do one load of wash. Good grief!


The newspaper reported we are closer to conserving our precious water worldwide because several scientific reclamation companies have finally gotten treatment process plants in place to solve some of our water shortages. It’s water reclamation. Several West Texas towns now drink and use water that is reclaimed.

It’s a biological and chemical treatment process that takes used water and sewage, blending it with treated water from lakes and rivers and safely returns it to the environment that will be used as drinking and usable water sources. Oh my gosh!

If I do pay a visit to West Texas, I might take my own bottled water as the term “crappy tasting water” has a new meaning.

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