In a dry world the true wealth of a man will be how much water he has.
I wish I could remember where I read those words but my memory isn't what it used to be. No matter, the thought has managed to stay with me.
A class in "waterwise" living mapped out the large (dry) picture.
3% of the earths water is fresh and 97% is ocean.
Of the 3% (fresh water) 2/3 of that is glacial or unaccessable.
In a nutshell, there's not a lot of fresh water out there.
A few other notes worth listing:
13 gallons of water per person per day is poverty level (in some parts of the world people exist on even less)
151 gallons per person per day is the U.S. average
40% of residential water goes to outdoor use. Gardens can be very thirsty.
I live in Southern California. With less than 16 inches of rainfall a year our climate is considered semi-arrid. We are constantly hot and dry. So while I can grow fruits and vegetables all year long it takes A LOT of irrigation to do it. What's an environmentalist to do? Conserve, reuse, repurpose and reclaim the water that I use every day.
Here's a list of my day to day "waterwise" living:
It can be tough to think of water as a precious resource. It's so easy to turn on a faucet and get all the water we want. But forecasters predict the drought plaguing most of the U.S. (and world) will continue. Fresh water continues to be in short supply. It's never to late (or early) to cut down on the amount we use while reusing what we have.
Be Well and Happy Gardening!