Grants Pass, OR (PRWEB) May 22, 2013
People in the United States have been taking water for granted, and it is leading to water shortages. In much of the world, water shortages are normal and baths are a luxury, according to water advocate, Sharon Kleyne. She warns against taking water for granted and provides ways to appreciate and conserve the water that is available so easily in the United States.
Sharon Kleyne is host of the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water radio show, heard live or by podcast on World Talk Radio, Voice America, Apple iTunes and Green Talk Network. She is also the founder of Bio-Logic Aqua Research, a water research company.
Kleyne encourages people to stop and think about the billions of people on Earth for whom bathing is a luxury reserved for the rich next time they wash their hands or take a bath, and to also think also about the thousands who die needlessly each day, including children, because of fresh water shortages, unsafe water and water wars.
The point is, says Kleyne, that we are fortunate in the United States, to have unlimited water at our fingertips, 24 hours a day, for pennies a gallon. The water from a single bath, Kleyne notes, could keep a family in Somalia alive for a week.
Because fresh water in the United States is readily available, according to Kleyne, we tend to take the water for granted. Most Americans are unaware of the precariousness of our water supply.
According to Kleyne, public awareness is a major part of the solution to water shortages. When a person takes a bath in Southern California, for example, they should be aware that the water might be imported from Colorado, which is beginning to experience its own water shortages and may soon be unwilling to export water. The bath water might also be the result of bitter negotiations between agricultural and municipal water interests where supplying water to one comes at the expense of the other.
Mrs. Kleyne is optimistic that these problems can be solved, not only in California and Colorado but in Somalia and elsewhere. According to Kleyne, despite increasing worldwide drought, rapid population growth and widespread pollution, there is enough water for everyone. The problem is lack of infrastructure and distribution, corrupt of impoverished governments, lack of cooperation, not enough water conservation, and most of all, lack of an educated public.
“The more the public is aware,” says Kleyne, “the harder it becomes for political leaders to ignore the problem. A good place to start is to know where your bath water comes from.”