I've been getting copies of this presentation on the global water crisis for a while now. It seems so much more pertinent now that we here in Trinidad and Tobago have been affected in the way that we have. Note that I've neither been able to find the source nor verify the statistics presented in the presentation, but it makes for interesting and eye-opening viewing.
The friend who distributed the presentation to a few of us again tonight also shared a link to National Geographic's dedicated "Clean Water News" page. For more information, and verifiable information, on the global water crisis and water matters in general, it's a good place to start and an easy read.
Some interesting tidbits from the National Geographic page include:
- Tap water is better than bottled water. That article asserts that it can take up to three litres of water to make one litre of tap water.
- That there is a church in Venezuela that once disappeared, but is reappearing as the lake that it sits in dries up.
- That nuclear power plants all over the United States are at risk because of their own need for water for cooling, and
- That the glaciers of Kashmir and snowcaps of Kilimanjaro are disappearing, taking with them the water that they supply.
Closer to home, Trinidad and Tobago's Water and Sewerage Authority has a page loaded with water conservation tips at http://www.wasa.gov.tt/WASA_ConservationTips_general.html and I suggest a read. It's in bullets, broken up into general, indoor and outdoor water conservation tips, but it is very comprehensive.
There's no sense complaining about WASA or the Government or the fact that we're in this situation. The fact is that we are all in this situation together, so let's make the best of it. Together.