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April 05, 2011

The Importance Of A Water Supply


A boy carries a container of water in Kabul on March 16. (Dar Yasin/Associated Press)

My grandchildren turn on the water faucet. And waste water. Children in Afghanistan fetch water like this.

31 comments:

Ocean Girl said...

Oh so true Technobabe. I will watch it when I turn on the water tap.

LL Cool Joe said...

We all take so many things for granted.

Ms. A said...

I have to remind myself that some have it so much worse.

Rock Chef said...

And last night I complained when I had to go to the fridge for a coke!

Brian Miller said...

there may come a day...we often lose that which we take for granted...

Cricket said...

Amen.

And in some countries, tools of Satan like Bechtel are trying their best to privatize the water supply. Wow. I mean, that's better than cigarettes... at least those are only addictive. But water?!?!?

Andrew said...

Yes, there are many parts of the world without very much, or none of the necessities of life.

rick.james said...

Technobabe, I am a good friend of "Kulio" who reads and admires your wisdom pretty regularly. I felt lead to finally post my first comment ever on a web log.

Here is a good organization I saw present at the Catalyst Conference (gathering for church youth leaders) in Atlanta a couple of years ago. I recommend them if anyone wishes to support folks putting their passion into action in bringing fresh water to those in need.

http://www.charitywater.org/

DJan said...

Many people believe the next war will be over water. It's becoming critical in many areas. Not here in the PNW, though, as we deal with flood warnings these days.

Jeanie said...

You are right that we too often take for granted things that others have little access to.

ellen abbott said...

I'm very cognizant of the water I use. I don't let the faucets run and when I am just rinsing things off or warming up the water to wash dishes, I catch it in a bucket and use it to water things outside.

Pseudo said...

Let's hope that we realize how precious our water is and respect that before it is taken away.

Hilary said...

So true, TB. We all need to be more mindful. Thanks for this reminder.

Kristina P. said...

Puts things into perspective!

heartinsanfrancisco said...

It pains me that there is so much inequity in the world.

Robert the Skeptic said...

The availability of clean drinkable water is the next crisis on the world horizon. In South America the glaciers that provide water for large regions are receding into nothing.

In this country the huge demands on the aquifers over the decades has lowered the water table significantly.

Lastly there is a worldwide effort for private companies to take over formerly public water supplies.

Maggie May said...

I hate people wasting water. We take so much for granted. We must try and use just enough for our needs.

Then I go out and see burst mains gushing down the street for days, sometimes before they are mended.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

nanonano999 said...

We take so much for granted and given so much!
I try my best to not waste water.
Thanks for the reminder, Techobabe.

Oh, on hubby's computer now as you would not know who nanonano is ...lol

Margie

Stickup Artist said...

Excellent point. You have a wonderful way of saying so, so much with relatively little words and just the right photo selection. It is so important to be reminded how darn much we take for granted. Gratitude and a global consciousness would make us all so much better off, happier (and nicer) people.

PS: The location of my last post was in The Valley of Enchantment outside Crestline in the San Bernardino Mts., about 10 miles west of Lake Arrowhead.

secret agent woman said...

And it's a sin that countries are starting to make water something you have to buy, so that poor people have to go without a life-saving necessity.

Eileen said...

I've been thinking a lot recently about all the luxuries I take for granted.
When you see how other people live you realize your waste is a crime against humanity really.

But even with knowing all this, somehow I still manage to screw up royally, letting my wants become my needs, and in the meantime wasting what is really needed and what is really important in life.

Thanks for the reminder.
All the best,
Eileen

Dave King said...

That says it. Exactlt.

Big Dave T said...

As they often say, you don't appreciate anything until you have to do without. I appreciate water much more after taking canoe trips where we ran out. You know that phrase water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink? Been there, done that.

Kulio said...

A good reminder today, as it rains outside my window, to not be fooled - the rest of the world does not take it for granted. Thanks.

lisleman said...

there's a folk song that reminds the listener that you don't miss your water till your well runs dry. I do hope people don't wait that long and it's good to be reminded of the benefits most of us enjoy.

Eileen said...

PS ~ They are telling us here in New York to run our tap water for at least thirty seconds before using it for cooking or drinking, especially when using it for children to drink because of all the lead in the old pipes.
I wish I had lots of indoor plants or that it was nice enough outside to water outdoor plants. I guess it can be saved for washing anyway.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I have heard over and over again about people in Japan that are craving clean water.

Thank you for the wonderful comment on Blueviolet's post.

Kazzy said...

Total reality check, huh?

Joanna Jenkins said...

Whoa-- That really puts it in perspective.
Thanks for the reminder, Techno.
xo jj

Unknown Mami said...

We are so truly lucky. Being poor in America is still better than being poor anywhere else. I never forget that.

Syd said...

We waste so much in this country. It is amazing.