When there is a drought, groundwaters and surface waters often lower to the point where lakes and rivers dry out. Those who pump their water from aquifers for irrigating, drinking, cooking and washing during these dry seasons, increase the problem.
We asked volunteers for ways to get over this widespread problem. Better water collection and storage along with careful water use were the top ideas on the list.
But what if you are a fish living in a river that is gradually drying out? First of all, you’ll be easier to catch and kill in concentrated numbers. Then, as your home is taken away from you, you will drown in air unless you get help.
Aquifers, untouched for thousands of years, are now being pumped out to satisfy human demands for clean unpolluted water. The best solution is to keep pollution out of surface water and continue to use this. Many think that rainwater and dew collection is the answer but this just short circuits the water cycle. In the meantime, freshwater life is at risk and most of it isn’t suited to pack its bags and move home into the sea.
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A good Friend of mine, Nalini in India, brought to my attention the following:
LETTER WRITTENIN THE YEAR2070.
[The letter was published in the magazine “Crónicas de los Tiempos“, in April 2002]
This is the year 2070
I have just turned 50,
but I look and feel 85.
I suffer from serious kidney problems, because I do not drink enough water.
I’m afraid I do not have much time left to live.
I am one of the oldest people in this society.
I remember when I was a child of 5.
Everything was very different.
There were lots of trees in the parks, houses with beautiful gardens,
and I could enjoy having a shower for half an hour.
Nowadays we use towels with mineral oil to clean our skin.
Before, women had beautiful hair.
Now, we have to shave our heads to keep them clean without the use of water.
Then, my father washed his car with water
coming out of a hosepipe.
Now, my son does not believe that water could be wasted that way.
I remember there were
warnings on outdoor posters, radio
and TV, but nobody paid attention.
We thought that water was to last forever.
Now, all the rivers, lakes,
dams and underground water beds
are either dry or contaminated.
Industry came to a standstill, unemployment is sky high.
Desalination plants are the main source of employment
and workers receive part of their salary in drinkable water.
Assaults on the streets for a can of water are very common.
Before, it was recommended an adult drinks 8 glasses a day.
Nowadays, I am only allowed half a glass.
We now have to wear disposable clothing,
and this increases the amount of litter.
We are using septic tanks, because the sewerage system does not work for lack of water.
All the people look horrible: wrinkled due to dehydration, full of sores caused by ultra violet radiation, as the ozone layer is almost gone.
Skin cancer, gastrointestinal infections and of the urinary tracts are the main causes of death.
Due to the excessive drying of the skin young people of 20 look like 40.
Scientists have no solution to the problem.
Water cannot be produced, oxygen is not sufficient due to the lack of trees and vegetation, and the intellectual capacity of the younger generations is severely impaired.
The morphology of spermatozoa in many men has changed.
As a consequence, babies are born with deficiencies, mutations and physical deformities.
The average life expectancy is 35 years.
Water became a very coveted treasure.
Any green zones crossed by rivers are guarded by armed soldiers.
Where I live, there are no trees, because it seldom rains. If it does, it is acid rain.
We were warned to look after the environment, but nobody cared.
I tell my son about the green fields,
the beautiful flowers, the rain, how we swam and fish in the rivers and dams, drinking all the water we could, and how healthy people were.
Daddy! Why there is no water?
Was I guilty ?
My generation destroyed the environment. We did not heed the warning signs.
Now our children pay a very high price!
Soon, I think, life on earth will not be possible,
as the destruction of nature has reached an irreversible stage.
How I would like to go back and make mankind understand…
……….that we still had time to save our Planet Earth.
*All such words need to spread globally. Words must be backed up by actions.
The World of Water Charity needs a lot more practical support so if you can help in any way, contact us.
Let’s get together fast to make sure the letter above is NEVER written :
Please think of Waterlife and your Water use everyday.