You can hardly move around in this world without hearing about the water crisis. “In the 20th century, we went to war over oil. In the 21st century, we will go to war over water.” Really? Before we go further, know that I’m biased. I believe that governments and news media have a propensity to attempt to keep everyone scared. It’s like everyone graduated from the Chicken Little School of Outlook. I am reading this book, Unquenchable – America’s Water Crisis and What To Do About It, with my own set of filters that are ready to reject Robert Glennon’s premise out of hand.
So why are we “running out” of water, and why should we care?Â Â We have exactly the same amount of water today that we did at creation.Â Remember Einstein’s “matter is neither created nor destroyed”?Â What then, is the problem?
First, we have more people.Â Â
Second, we are fouling our own nests by our cavalier handling of fresh water.Â Â Most of our water is saline and, therefore, undrinkable.Â A look at our surface fresh water is telling.Â The Great Lakes own 95% of fresh water in the US.Â It would be an understatement to say these lakes are big.Â But, if you want to see what can happen when you mix big bodies of water with bad decisions, all you have to do is look at the former USSR and the Aral Sea.Â This was the world’s fourth-largest inland body of water.Â Today, it has lost 90% of it’s water.Â It all started by diverting fresh water that flowed into it for “good” but short-sighted purposes.Â Â
If we continue to write checks without deposits to at least equal the withdrawals, we end up with no money.Â Â All of life needs water to continue living.Â We will run out, however, if we use too much.Â We can’t supply more water, so the role of the steward is becoming more important.Â Â
We see a small role here.Â Â
We believe we can help ensure that the the water you use is not wasted.Â
Thanks for your interest.Â More and more, I believe this is going to be of interest to us all.
P.S. I’ve changed my title here to CWS, Chief Water Steward.Â I’m taking this seriously.Â