Let me say this for the 1.372 millionth time, the biggest threat to water is not the polluter, the industrial user, the landfill or the irresponsible citizen. The biggest threat to our water comes from the conservationist, the environmentalist, the activist, the politician, the university professor, and from every other well-meaning group or individual who has jumped on the, “I am a water saver hero” bandwagon.
I continue to beat my head against a brick wall because over -and-over-and-over again, it seems that every time we read about someone new getting into the cause of helping water, we come to learn that this person/group has had very little if any experience or track record working with or studying water out in the field, in the real world. Actors and bar waitresses-turned 2nd-year Congresswomen preaching about water? Really?
Because water is so critical we naturally embrace any public figure who announces a campaign to save it. After all, how could such a call be flawed? Sadly, the effort to manage water in America is no different than the opening of doors on Black Friday at Wal Mart.
Here then are the accepted fallacies that contribute to the demise of our water.
- “Conservation will help save our water.” Balderdash! Conservation can help get through a dry spell, but the overall amount of water that man needs to live is a constant. “Here is a gallon of water, now go cross the desert.” Folks, I don’t care how you spread out your intake, you are going to run out of water.
- “Responsible behavior is needed to keep our water clean.” Bull Puckey. No matter how responsible we are, and we should absolutely be responsible, the waste products generated by human activity will continue to degrade the quality of our lakes, oceans, rivers, streams, and ponds. An overwhelming amount of contaminants already exist in our air and soil and there is nothing we can do to change this. Future rains will continue to dissolve these contaminants and deposit them into our water supplies.
- “We must stop wasting water.” More bologna. The amount of water on Earth is fixed. We can’t destroy water. We can’t increase the amount we have and we cannot reduce it.
WHAT IS REQUIRED TO IMPROVE OUR WATER SECURE OUR WATE!
Our water treatment plants were built 50 years ago and are seeing contaminants that didn’t exist back then. Plants need to add new filtration technology and Americans must accept that home water filtration technology is fast becoming mandatory. We must shift away from a dependence on conservation to the acceptance that we require more storage, more reservoirs, improved plants, and tankage. We must begin to limit population in areas where water supply volume is limited. Instead of blaming climate change for water shortage the time has come to accept that our water problems are self-inflicted. We must design water systems based on long-term, proven weather patterns. Finally, we must realize that the the day when central/municipal plants can deliver safe-water to everyone will one day be no more.
America needs a Water Czar and a National Water Plan, and it needs to be comprised of professionals, not academians, not politicians, and not activists, but by people who actually have track-records solving water problems. As it stands now our water is being perilously mismanaged.