Water Doesn’t Always Come From A Faucet
Water is not readily available to many people in the world. It’s not always right there at their fingertips. Millions of people have to trek miles on foot and haul water over great distances on a daily basis. Water shortages, drought and careless misuse across the planet have only made things worse.
The simple act of turning a faucet handle is taken for granted here in the US. Across the country on a daily basis, countless examples may be cited of the human habit of treating precious resources with impunity.
As many times as I have seen this around the country, I have never seen a sidewalk grow from watering.
My question is; how would you react if you went to the faucets in your home and nothing came out? What if nothing was going to come out for the foreseeable future? Without water, food production goes away, transportation of goods and products are hindered, power disappears and people will react.
Please take a moment to view this slideshow. (Run your cursor over the bottom of the slides to see the captions.) If you are a sensible person, (and I think you are,) you will quickly realize why I wrote my latest book, Water.
Water Level Lake Lanier Florida
Florida is known for getting daily thunder showers during the summer. Yet thanks to a massive population explosion and little to no thought about water conservation or sensible use and recycling, water is now a recognizable problem in that tropical state.
Water Level China
And this is a lake bed in China.
Water Level Wales
Other countries are not exempt. This is a stream bed in Wales.
Water Minn Low Rivers and Lakes
Even in the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" the effects of drought, climate change and wasteful thoughtlessness have made themselves evident.
This is what a jar of waste water from the fracking process looks like. Fracking uses millions of gallons of water to 'fracture' shale and other crust rock to extract gas and oil.
Water level Oroville-Lake
Or how many millions of acre feet of water have been lost here to waste, drought and lack of proactive action?
water level dock
Can you imagine how many acre feet of water has been lost to make this dock so utterly useless?
Low Water Level in Georgia Lake
Boat wharves, docks and lakefront property are useless when the water goes away.
Water Level Hoover Dam
Just nine years ago the water level behind Hoover Dam in Lake Mead was above the top ring on the intake towers.
Water Level Tower Rock Mississippi
The former water level used to just under the tree line on the landmark rock.
Water Level Mississippi River
Barge traffic on the river often finds itself with no through passage, thus impeding the delivery of food and goods.
water level shasta lake
Standing in the bed of heavily depleted Shasta Lake.
California Drought Communities In Crisis
In this photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, a warning buoy sits on the dry, cracked bed of Lake Mendocino near Ukiah, Calif. Despite recent spot rains The reservoir is currently only about 37 percent full. California remans in the midst of an historic drought causing Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
People Lined Up For Water In Uganda
How would you like to get up every morning and have to do this in order to have water for the day?
A man gets water from Gaza source.
Women getting their daily supply of water from a stream.
Ethan Holmes is the author of Water, a fictional novel based on current facts about drought, water shortages, fracking and the pervasive lack of comprehensive conservation and recycling programs in many areas.
Water is available for free previewing and purchasing in multiple formats at Smashwords
…In the Apple IBook store
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…and at Amazon
Coming soon! Water in paperback.
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