A Reading Recommendation: Jay Z is Wrong, Water Service is Not Free

In light of all of the hubbub of late regarding water–and more specifically, the general recent lack thereof–I just wanted to share with you this article on the subject. It’s an awesome editorial from EcoWatch that explains the real reason why we’re finding a shortage of the necessity in so many places of late, and it takes such a fresh, unique, and generally awesome stance on how to fix the matter that I just had to put it out there. So whether or not the piece sounds interesting to you, I highly recommend you check it out; even if you think it’s boring (which it isn’t), it’s still great information to have to chew upon. You can access it here.

If you don’t feel like checking it out, though, the article’s last two paragraphs sum up the stance pretty nicely, and so I recommend that you at least take a second to read them below, just to humor me:

“It’s time for a reality check. Water service is not free, low prices are not to blame for the water crisis and climate change alone is not causing drought. The real culprit is a failure to align our water management policies with environmental and human needs.

We cannot price away our water woes. Instead, we must restore aging, leaking infrastructure systems and better regulate industrial and agricultural water takings to prevent chronic over-extraction. We must recognize the impact of all water useβ€”including industrial and domestic needs, and we must demand collective responsibility.”

It’s a great theory, no?

Well, hopefully you think so! And hopefully you care as much about the issue as I do, as well. I know I may be a bit of an environmental freak from time to time, but trust me when I say that sharing this isn’t a case of me freaking out. We all should care about running out of water, and that’s because, prior to contrary belief, the idea of such happening isn’t just a theory; no, water is not a renewable resource like everyone says it is. Yes, it was, but now we’re using it up faster than ever before, faster than it can be naturally replaced, and so it is going to run out. Maybe not in our lifetime, but it will one day if we don’t change now how we’re using it. And when water is the only thing that keeps us alive–well, let’s just say that none of us want our grandchildren’s grandchildren dying very sudden, very painful deaths because water one day finally runs out. Sure, it may sound melodramatic now, but look at what’s happening with oil: We used to think it would last, but then we realized it isn’t renewable, we never changed our usage, and now we’re starting to run out, which has only caused us to panic and hurt each other as we make various desperate attempts at keeping the last bits for ourselves (because, apparently, that’s easier than innovation). And oil isn’t even necessary to life! So just imagine how awful it will be if we start running out of water, something which no innovation can replace.

So, if about nothing else regarding the environment, please at least try to care about the droughts that are happening around the world as of late. It’s not that hard to be a little more wary of the things that are truly using water during a time like this, especially when God didn’t make water renewable for no reason! We need it to live, so protect it, and stop stripping its fairly unique title away. Learn from history and care about this precious resource, for we’ve seen what not caring about precious resources brings; and the second we all start caring, the second the problem will start being solved–and if the problem gets solved, then disaster will never come from it. So let’s care now, while we still have the chance.

Cause with water being about 60% of us and all, well, it’s safe to say that we definitely don’t want to let this chance fade.

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