Modern American sewer systems were first built in the mid-nineteenth century as a reaction to the worsening of sanitary conditions brought on by massive industrialization and urbanization. But even after decades of advancements in many other aspects of industrialization and, still an average U.S water pipe is 77 years old, a great many were laid in the 19th century. Sewers are even older. Most should have been replaced decades ago.
We all know that our water resources are limited and face increasing pressures from climate change, pollution, population growth, and aging water infrastructure. Professionals in the water industry know we are facing a global water crisis. Thankfully, many experts are hard at work on solutions.
The XXXI Olympic games are officially in full swing. A week into the events and there has been much talk about the infrastructure issues that plague the city of Rio de Janeiro. Guanabara Bay has had much of the attention when it comes to the pollution problems as many see it as a massive hazard to the athlete’s health.
With Western states in the US already seriously struggling to keep up with water demands, America needs to take a hard look at how much water we really need to be using and how we lessen our addiction to water. The United States is the number one consumer of water per capita. This means we use more water than any other nation… but why?
There's a common economic paradox about the price tag on drinking water and value. Our current economic climate places prices on things predicated on scarcity and value. Water pricing is now more widespread, with the dual goal of expanding supply and encouraging more responsible use. So long as water remained abundant, the cheapness of drinking water is not likely to change. However, the price of water has entered into serious questioning.
When it comes to our recreational sports we, as Americans, certainly love to get out and play (almost as much as the Aussies). So what happens when your beloved past time starts to make you sick? This is exactly what has happened to surfers in San Diego.
As the population of the United States and the world keeps growing, more pressure is put on our water resources. There are very few individuals that don’t think that we will eventually have some sort of water resource issue in the near future.
Water conservation is something we should all be doing no matter where we are. Many of us in the more moisture prone areas of the country typically take water and our vast water supply of it for granted. The reality is that when only 2% of the world’s water supply can actually be consumed by humans it sounds a little scarier. With water demand at an all-time high we need to take a closer look at ways we as individuals can start making better choices about how we conserve this precious resource. By conserving water, you can help supply more water while bringing a multitude of benefits your way.
Global climate change is the hot topic of our daily coversations these days. Drought stricken cities, groundwater depletion and storm water contamination are all challenges that will continue to be hotbeds of discussion. While we as individuals are concerned for our future of water and how it affects our daily lives, we often forget about the implications of water scarcity for our industrial needs and economic stability. Water is used in every facet of business. Industries that produce metals, wood, paper, chemicals, gasoline, oils, and most other products all use water in some part of their production process. I can’t think of an industry that doesn’t utilize water in some capacity. Industry depends on water, much like agriculture and domestic households depend on water. Industrial reliance on water makes it essential to preserve water in every aspect possible and make sure water pollution is kept at minimal levels.
We often hear about urbanization globally. More and more people are moving to the city. At the same time there are many people moving out of the city looking for a quieter and slower pace of life. People looking for quiet green countryside, friendly neighborhoods, and pristine lakes, streams, and rivers. While these words conjure images of a Norman Rockwell existence the reality is that a number of households in many small and rural communities in the U.S. lack adequate facilities for the proper collection, treatment, and disposal of wastewater not only protecting their quality of life but their health as well.
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