Are We Using Too Much Water? – Generation Justice

By: Jakia Fuller

I feel it is important we all pay close attention to what is happening with the our water. We have a finite amount of it, yet we are using it as if we have unlimited amounts.

Many people believe they are not contributing to the current water problem and many do not feel the need to be involved. But when you take a shower, brush your teeth, wash dishes or clothing or even cook you are a part of the situation and have a responsibility to be a part of the solution.

Still not convinced? Let’s take it a step further.

I am really into fashion, everything from how one would dress, to the design process, production and marketing. According to the Business of Fashion, a website which focuses on the ins and outs of the fashion industry, it can take more than 20,000 liters of water to produce 1kg (2.2lbs) of cotton, which is equivalent to a single t-shirt and pair of jeans. And what becomes of the clothing that does not sell, falls apart or goes out of style? More often than not, it is discarded in giant landfills. How wasteful is that? It’s very wasteful. We do not have enough water to be doing that. We need to be more sustainable in what we do, what we produce and how we carry ourselves.

If we continue at this rate, what will our world look like in 5, 10 or even 15 years? Will we have enough resources to even take care of our future grandchildren? Water is one of the most precious resources we have. We need to start thinking about and tackling the issue now, before it is too late.

One answer to this problem is water recycling. Water recycling is reusing treated wastewater for beneficial purposes such as agricultural and landscape irrigation, industrial processes, toilet flushing, and replenishing a groundwater basin.

By providing an additional source of water, water recycling can help us find ways to decrease the diversion of water from sensitive ecosystems. How can you not be excited about recycled water? Recycled water can also be used to create or enhance wetlands and riparian habitats. Plants, wildlife, and fish depend on sufficient water flows to their habitats to live and reproduce.

And this is also another issue: we are using up all of the water as if we are the only inhabitants of this planet. Every living creature on this planet needs water to survive, so if we keep going at the rate we are going we are not just going to ruin our own future, but also the future of the other organisms on this earth which haven’t even contributed to this problem.

The way we are living is not sustainable and needs to change now. We are using too much of a limited resource too quickly. We need to start being more responsible with our water consumption, because we are not the only people or creatures who need it. At the rate we are going, water will soon be as valuable as diamonds and gold. Is that really a world we want to live in? We need to cut back on our wasteful water consumption and start implementing programs and the necessary steps to make sure that there will be enough water for us in the present and for the future generations to come.