It’s easy to take our water supply for granted. In most parts of the United States, all you have to do is turn on the faucet to get a steady supply of clean water. We’ve been lucky to have this commodity, as there are millions of people around the world who don’t have easy access to potable water.
However, we are starting to see the effects of water scarcity in Flint, Michigan. In Fall 2015, the water in Flint was declared undrinkable, after testing for high lead concentrations for over a year.
This state of emergency is caused in part by several different social issues such as poverty, water scarcity, and pollution. Less than one percent of all the water on Earth is drinkable for humans, and our high consumption rates and poor environmental practices have reduced that number even more. Now the effects of our dwindling water supply has started to creep up the ladder from developing countries to world leaders like the U.S.
A few weeks ago I focused my blog posts on saving water by reducing your shower time. The crisis in Flint, Michigan serves as a warning that we all need to watch our water consumption. By limiting your intake of clean tap water to only your necessities, you can help both people and our planet.
Click on this link to learn more about the Flint, Michigan Water Crisis