Our systems for collecting, storing and distributing water are under strain, leading to ecosystem failure, shortages, and even the potential for conflict.
Even in “developed” countries where a continuous supply of clean water is taken for granted, systems are under strain. Not just our infrastructure, but supplies too; aquifers and reservoirs get very low each summer and our water tables (the natural level of underground water) are being reduced. This impacts on our eco-systems to the detriment of plants and wildlife, as well as threatening our own water security.
Water is a precious life-giving resource and we need to treat it as such, and not take it for granted.
Our water supply systems take supplies from our natural environment and the disposal systems often pollute, so if we can reduce the use of water there is less strain on the ecosystem and our infrastructure.
There are many advantages to taking action as individuals to conserve water:
- saving a critical resource we take too much for granted
- reducing the chance of water shortages or droughts
- less strain on water systems means we can supply safe, clean water to all
- reducing the use of fluoride and other chemicals used to treat water
Become a Rotary World Saver and join collective action to address this and other major environmental issues.