Water is a crucial component to our health and day-to-day existence. But unfortunately, our water supplies are constantly under attack. Between pollution and simply not having enough water to go around in the long term, it’s important to do everything we can to protect and conserve the water that we already have. Here are a few of the ways that our water supply can be protected – many of which you can help with.
Source Water Protection
One of the biggest causes for concern when it comes to water-related issues is source water protection. Source water is the water that we use to cook, clean, and drink with. Safe water like this and the sources that they come from often face many different hazards, like:
Civilian pollution. Cutting back on pollutants is a huge point of environmental activism. When it comes to civilian pollution, this usually includes targeting issues like our abundance of plastic waste, a lack of recycling programs that are actually accessible, and furthering the general education about water conservation and waste management.
Road runoff. This is anything and everything that starts on a surface like concrete or asphalt and eventually works its way into the water supply. Gas, oil, anti-freeze, and many other harmful liquids will seep into the ground because there is no way for them to be safely absorbed into the road or contained separately from our underground water resources.
Industrial pollution. This issue is usually handled by trying to increase the environmental regulations for companies within a given area. Doing so provides penalties for businesses that break the regulations and dump too many toxins into a source of water.
Water Conservation Efforts
Water conservation focuses on helping to maintain and improve our current usable water supply. A big concern for the future is that we will run out of safe water, so activists are taking a stand before that can happen.
Water conservation projects like the Cadiz Water Project allow for cities that struggle with drought to work on conserving the water they have. In many cases, these projects will focus on spreading the word about cutting back on superfluous use of water. This can include:
- Watering plants or your lawn during a drought to maintain appearance
- Leaving the water running while you brush your teeth
- Taking long showers
There are many small daily changes that every single person can make to decrease their overall wasteful water consumption levels.
On larger scales, projects will usually dedicate time and funds to fighting issues like corporate pollution of water sources. They may fund lawsuits against companies or work toward gathering the legal resources necessary to change state conservation laws.
In order to protect our waters, there needs to be a big social push that solidifies the importance of making sure we cut back on waste, pollution, and mistreatment of our water sources. One great way to do that is through visibility campaigns.
With the advent of social media, it’s easier now than it has ever been before to rally people for a cause. You can easily find other environmental activists online who care about the same issues you do. These connections not only help the voice of your cause to grow stronger, but it also opens you up to more resources which can be used to benefit water conservation and the elimination of water pollution.
If protecting your water supply is a point of passion for you, these are just a few ways that you can start taking action. The more you work toward your goal and the more people there are backing it, the closer we get to a reality in which our water supply is no longer threatened.