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Fresh water is quickly becoming a precious and depleting resource and we must use this resource wisely as well as limit its contamination. It is difficult if not impossible to find pure water now that is not contaminated in one form or another and the more we use the more it is contaminated. Even rainwater is being contaminated with yard and crop fertilizers and pesticides as well as leaking chemicals on the streets and parking lots from our automobiles. This water is not only contaminating our lakes, rivers and oceans but is also spoiling ground water resources. Many states in the western United States are simply running out of water, and the Rio Grande river is now starting to dry out in the summers such that it does not supply fresh water to the Gulf of Mexico or nutrients to the marine life anymore. Those rivers that are flowing to the ocean are contaminated to the point they are creating dead zones such that nothing can live in them from the ocean surface to the floor. These dead zones are growing in size and in number around the world due to chemical fertilizer use and starting to become of great concern. Thus, we must learn how to manage and protect our fresh water resources no matter where we are. A good start is to use organic fertilizers and pest control measures at home. Organic fertilizers also require less water to keep your lawn green.

Other measures to reduce fresh water use and contamination is to install low flow water fixtures and a cistern to provide fresh water for landscape use and possibly home use (I would rather drink rain water than city processed water) where allowable, and to reuse gray water (water from sinks and showers) which makes up 67% of our household water waste to water planters or flower beds. However, using gray water for landscaping requires using environmentally friendly cleaning and bathing products, which is a good idea anyway. Reusing gray water also substantially reduces the waste water that must be processed at the treatment plant, so this too will decrease the sheer volumes being processed by municipalities that sometimes overflow into our lakes and streams.

There is no doubt that it is only a matter of time before government interaction will become necessary to protect our fresh water supplies and measures like those stated above will become common place. I have already heard stories of many municipality water supplies running critically low and even dry and subsequent water bills running up to $300 a month even with the lawn dying (Midlothian Texas). This is not necessary as a good planned cistern can supply most if not all of a households water needs in most parts of the country.

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