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W A T E R

Saturday, August 7, 2004

My trip has given me an expanded appreciation of water, a revelation of sorts. Anything of value becomes more precious when you have less of it. And as I go through the 10 gallons of water in my van, I find myself conserving it more and more as it starts to run out. I've actually stretched 10 gallons of water over the course of 7 days.

There are so many uses for my water; drinking, washing, rinsing, bathing, cooking. Without it I would be dead.

If we have another World War do you know what it'll be over? Nope, it probably won't be energy (oil). It'll be fought over water. Because if you think it'll be tough to live without gasoline, try thinking about living without water. I've read from multiple sources that the world's fresh water supply is in big trouble. So it's imperative we help conserve this precious, natural resource.

So the next time you're brushing your teeth, please shut off the water between brush rinse cycles. When showering, think about installing water efficient shower heads in addition to shutting off the water when you are scrubbing. And brown lawns aren't so bad, they'll come back when the rains return. And if you live in an area where grass isn't indigenous, maybe it'd be better off embracing the local flora and not fight nature. There are so many things we can do as a conscientious community. Who knows, maybe your efforts will fend off a World War.


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