Conservation – it is not just for states in the southwest with dry climates anymore. The National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation is a friendly, community-based competition between cities across the nation to see who can be the most “water wise” during April. With support from EPA, Toyota, U.S. Forest Service, NOAA, and a number of private companies, mayors can challenge residents to conserve water and energy through informative and easy online pledges. If you think your state doesn’t need to consider water conservation, thank again.
According to a recent blog from the EPA and author Nancy Stoner, “our supply of water becomes a more critical issue each day as the population grows; more water is used for agriculture, energy, industry; and droughts and other impacts of climate change increasingly stress our water resources. In fact, 36 states are expected to experience water shortages by 2013.” That’s 36 states around the country who could face the impact of water shortages. The water shortage problems include, but by no means are limited to, less crops produced, less timber for sale, less drinking water, higher food prices, less jobs, and so much more!
Although the Earth is known as the water planet, and even though 70 percent of its surface is covered by water, less than 1 percent is available for human use. There are currently 40 mayors who have signed on, including the mayors of Los Angeles, Miami, Denver and Honolulu. Participating residents can win prizes including Toyota Prius Hybrid vehicles and home water makeover kits. Most importantly, people will see real results based on simple actions they can take to save water and energy.
This is a great start and communities could also use a little extra help to win. The secret? A drinking water system in homes which is an affordable and eco-friendly option to save water waste with one with the latest in water technology, and produces safe drinking water. Water coolers could also have the same results for your home which could drastically reduce water waste, water usage, and support the quest for water conservation that this nation needs and will need even more in the future. The 2011 drought in Texas cost the state more money than ever before. Crops, timber, and cotton were just some of the major productions affected by the reduction in rain and water available. Some municipalities are looking to put some strict water enforcements and requirements on their residents. With a home drinking water system or an advanced water cooler, you won’t have to worry about not having enough safe drinking water or that you are not being a part of the solution.