Thanksgiving and Sustainability!

nuclear-plant-8According to the World Economic Forum the #1 crisis facing mankind is the lack of clean drinking water. The real sin or horror of this, if you will, is that man continues to be reactive to our water problems. If were are being honest, we still take our water for granted, and as long as the water pours when we open our faucet, we tend not to think about it.

When we see stories of great water despair, it bothers us, but soon we get back to the ball game or the apple pie in the oven and we forget about it. This is just one of the reasons I call water the most dangerous threat to mankind. We take it for granted and only react after we suffer consequences.

One of the most important things we can do to assure our water sustainability is to begin focusing on upgrading our municipal water treatment plants. Remember that as our population and technology increases, so too, do the potential sources that will contaminate our water sources.

Sadly, most municipal treatment plants have not been updated with the technology that can handle unexpected contaminants as our water faces more pollution. The good news however, is that current technology can make perfectly safe drinking water out of the most contaminated sources. h2o-spelled-drops

If we are really concerned about water sustainability, we ought to be active in upgrading the technology in our treatment plants. As our water supplies become increasingly contaminated, which they surely will, whether we like it or not, it is important that our treatment plants have the technology on board to treat these new risks. We need new water infrastructure.

So, this week, open your faucet, enjoy your clean, safe tap water and give thanks that you, me, and our loved ones aren’t caught up in any the horror described in the link below.


2 thoughts on “Thanksgiving and Sustainability!

    1. Buck, thank you for your comment and question. As it stands right now, unless I have missed something, Congress has not approved such an appropriation directly. There are several reasons for this I suppose. Most important is the the Federal Government has never passed legislation assuming control for groundwater. In fact, States don’t even have rights with regards to groundwater. Currently the State of Mississippi is suing the State of Tennessee for stealing their groundwater. This suit is likely to fizzle.

      To date, groundwater for the most part is left as a resource to be used by landowners as they see fit.

      On another front however, the Federal Government does fund the USGS who does much research on groundwater. They recently gave a sizable donation to the University of Memphis to study aquifer recharge rate. Our utility, MLGW also matched those funds.

      I hope this helps.

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