Thursday, May 5, 2011

Water: Can We Juggle All the Needs Without Dropping the Ball?

As a child I was always amazed by the person who could juggle multiple balls or other objects without ever letting one fall – each one getting the attention it needed at the precise moment that it was needed.  Now, as an adult I see all of the needs we have for water and wonder how we will be able to juggle this limited resource so that we can meet each of the needs.

Think about it, we need water for drinking, water for bathing, water for growing the food we eat, water for recreation, water for cleaning our homes, and probably many more items that don’t come to mind right now.  How will we ensure that there is enough water to meet each of these important and in some cases vital needs?  Remember it’s a finite resource.  We can’t make more.

So what are the solutions?  Is it new technologies?  Figuring out how to do more with the same amount of water?  Changing our wasteful behaviors?  Or is it a juggling act that includes a variety of solutions, each getting the attention needed at the precise moment it is needed?

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