We know that all life on Earth depends on water.  Humans need fresh water to survive.  The problem today, though, is that in United States we hardly give clean water a second thought.

We get thirsty.  We grab a bottle of water, a glass, a pitcher filter…and we pour, drink and gulp away.

We get dirty or we just “feel like a bath” or “shower”.  So, we just saunter down the wash room and turn a faucet.  The water runs clean, hot (or cold!) and seems unlimited.

We need food, too, right? So, we go to the store. We buy food like meats and produce that farmers grew with fresh water.  We eat meats from animals that needed water to survive.

We charge laptops, phones, and run households off of electricity that is created from hydropower OR is power plants that are cooled by water.

In the United States, almost half of our freshwater usage is to create electricity!

There are places in the world where residents need to carry large, safe water storage containers down to muddy streams or a well just to get enough water for one meal.  Sometimes this trip is miles long.  Many times people carry heavy, clay jugs the entire way.

There are really only two times that a resident of the US will worry about water:  Too much or too little.  That is, flood or drought.

In case you haven’t noticed, though, although water is vital to our survival, the Earth’s fresh or drinkable water supply is not evenly dispersed.

Take a look at this satellite picture of Earth.

Two colors immediately pop out:  blue of oceans and white of clouds.

And even though 70% of the Earth is covered by water, the supply is not infinite.  What does this mean?  The amount of water on Earth doesn’t increase or decrease.  It’s always somewhere in the hydrologic cycle in some form or another.  Lakes, rivers, oceans, evaporated, condensed into clouds, and then it rains back down on the Earth.

And here’s the real kicker:  Of all the water on Earth, only 3% is freshwater.  The rest resides in the Earth’s vast oceans and seas.

Of the tiny amount of freshwater that the Earth has, it is MOSTLY FROZEN in glaciers, ice caps, and the continually snow covered caps.

What do all these numbers come down to?  Just a few more numbers:  The Earth’s 7 billion (and counting) people are dependent on that little bit of freshwater to survive.  Now, add in the billions of plants and animals that also need it.

See?  Water is Earth’s MOST precious resource.

Where is All The Earth's Fresh Water?

You can find freshwater in streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, both on and underground.  But that water is NOT equally divvied up between all regions of Earth.

Some climates and regions are VERY WET, like rainforests.  Others are dry.  Think deserts and Las Vegas.

Many places, even in the US, are directed to use gray water  (that is water that has been used for bathing and cleaning) to be RE-USED to water plants.  Again, think Las Vegas.

Like WaterOsmo, those drier locations and people around the world have been trying to raise awareness to the world’s delicate water supply.  Education on filtration, purification, and conservation is needed across the globe (and particularly and developed countries) in order to save the Earths’ water.

Efforts such as protecting and conserving the water that we do have, collecting rainwater for use, and being mindful of how much water we’re using is paramount for the world’s growing demands on all natural resources, particularly water.

Where is all the help needed?

Mostly in developing countries who don’t have the capacity to provide drinking water to their populations.  Some regions, though, are naturally stressed and will need to pay close attention to their water usage on the regular.

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Summary

What we’re trying to do here is

  • Make people aware that it isn’t as easy to get fresh, drinkable, safe water for everyone around the world as it is for US citizens.
  • Make people more aware of how much water they’re using in order to conserve.
  • Teach people the best ways to filter and save their drinking water.
  • Teach people the methods available today to be a true water conservationist.