Water, water everywhere. But will it always be there to be found?

This past week has me once again thinking about the issue of water.

This past week has me once again thinking about the issue of water. In his Dune books, author Frank Herbert explores water as a limited commodity, one that, in his futuristic universe, has taken importance over fossil fuels. He depicts a planet where water is so scarce that the humans inhabiting it must recycle, and ingest, the water their own bodies produce.

This may be science fiction, but out here in the real world, we may not be that far off from having to think about water with similar attention to detail and concern.

If you take a moment to Google “world water facts,” you will find an extensive list of websites (many of them credible) that talk about the need for water conservation and awareness around the planet.

On the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website, there is a list of facts and tips about water, posted for Earth Day.

The site states that only one per cent of the worlds water is available to humans. One per cent. Over 1.4 billion people live without access to clean drinking water, according to Food and Water Watch, and between 15 and 20 percent of the water used worldwide is not for domestic consumption, but rather for export.

We live in a rain forest, and here in Lake Cowichan, we live next to what seems like an endless supply of clean, fresh drinking water. And though the Town of Lake Cowichan introduced watering restrictions for our lawns back in August, many of us are still watering whenever we want, and for excessive amounts of time. Not to mention how much is used each day domestically for dishes, laundry, showering, flushing, and well, you get the idea.

My point is, that we should be thinking of our future and our children’s future when it comes to our water sources. If we use this precious resource like we have so many others, we will eventually end up with nothing, and it will be our children that suffer.

— editor@lakecowichangazette.com

 

Just Posted

Howe Sound Queen sailing toward retirement

Vessel now up for auction ends regular runs between Crofton and Vesuvius at the beginning of June

Chris Wilkinson column: Practical ways to tackle stress

Twenty-seven per cent of Canadian workers claim to have high to extreme levels of stress.

Cowichan Valley’s Veridis sets up in Whippletree

Corry Belcourt and his crew have left home.

Mary Lowther column: Slugs, growing out seed, and tasty garden greens

How can one think of love when the forces of evil are coming for your crop?

BC Ferries to pilot selling beer and wine on select routes

Drinks from select B.C. breweries and VQA wineries to be sold on Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen route

It was no Kentucky Derby: B.C. girls host foot-long snail race

Two Grade 3 students in White Rock put four snails to the test in a hotly-contested street race

Coming up in Cowichan: Easter Eggspress; knitting workshops

Hop aboard the Easter Eggspress at the BCFDC The Easter Eggspress is… Continue reading

Should B.C. lower speed limits on side roads to 30 km/h?

Vancouver city councillor wants to decrease speed limits along neighbourhood side roads

Lawsuit eyed over union-only raise for B.C. community care workers

‘Low-wage redress’ leaves 17,000 employees out, employers say

Landlord of alleged Okanagan shooter recounts deadly day

Tony Friesen was working in one of the units of his Penticton building when he heard shots

B.C. RCMP arrest foreign national in connection to airport thefts

A woman, 60, is being held in police custody as Richmond RCMP investigate

Westjet tries again to dismiss proposed class-action lawsuit alleging discrimination

Former flight attendant claims airline broke contractual promise to create harassment-free workplace

Man airlifted to hospital after apparent hunting incident in East Kootenay

The man was in stable condition when he was flown out of Fairmont Hot Springs to a Calgary hospital

Sentencing delayed for man who attacked Vancouver Island police dog

Uno later recovered from his injury and returned to work in Victoria

Most Read