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Water IS the stuff of life.

Water IS the stuff of life.

Summer is almost upon us…temperatures are slowly rising throughout North America.  Depending on where on this vast continent you reside, your summer might range from hot and dry (filled with watering restrictions and a fading green lawn) all the way to a tropical humidity and daily afternoon showers.  And every imaginable scenario in between. 

But we all have one thing in common.  Water is essential to survival. No matter where you live, and really, no matter what the season.  Without fresh water you will die in just a few days.  Plain and simple, no sugar coating, and this single fact helps drive the point home: water equals life.

So when schools break for summer and life shifts into a slightly slower pace, we all gravitate towards different bodies of water. Whether it is a lake, river, pond, swimming pool or watching the kids run through the sprinkler on a summer day, it’s human nature to want to be near the water.  So as you enjoy these times, remember to do your part and conserve our most precious resource. Every day.  Sometimes, it’s not just turning off the water tap that helps you save every drop.  Take a moment and click on the links below.  Discover how industry and agriculture are also water hogs. There are lots of ways to save— some are just not as obvious as others. 

Do your part to save every drop.  Future generations will thank you for it.  Click on the Water Foot Print Links below and help to better understand how everyday choices can make a difference in how much water you use. 

Water Foot Print Calculator

Water Foot Print Assessment

5 Reasons Why Water Conservation is Important

1.  We said it once; we'll say it again. Water equals life.  No fresh water— no life.  ‘Nuff said.

2.  Saving water saves you money.  The less water used, the smaller your water bill.

3.  Protecting our natural eco-systems from further damage is critical, especially for the survival of some endangered species. The oceans, streams and lakes that are the lifeblood of so many local eco-systems are used as dumping grounds, hurting everything that relies on these water sources. 

4. Conserving water can also save energy.  In order to pump the water from a central facility into your home or office, energy is required to run that equipment.  For example, studies have shown that in some cases, 6.5 percent of all energy consumed goes towards moving water from one place to another.

5.  Water is a finite resource. We can’t just make more. It is absolutely, 100%, essential for life, but the supply is not endless. Around 97% of earth’s water is salt water, and about 2% is locked in glacier and polar ice caps, so it is estimated that only around 1-3% of the earth’s water is available for drinking. And we are using more of it than ever before.

So, it is vital that we protect this most precious natural resource. And vital is definitely the right word —from the Latin for “life”— essential, absolutely necessary, critical, imperative, of the utmost importance.

That’s what water is — the stuff of life.