Zionsville Times Sentinel

September 11, 2013

Got water? Keep it clean


Zionsville Times Sentinel

---- — We do it so often we hardly consider what a marvel it is. How often do we turn on the faucet to wash our hands or get a drink? Water: We so take it for granted. Consider these facts from the EPA: ~Water is the most common substance on Earth. ~The only water we will ever have is what we have now. ~Only 3 percent of Earth’s water is fresh water; 97 percent of the water on Earth is salt water. ~There is more fresh water in the atmosphere than in all of the rivers on the planet combined. ~American residents use about 100 gallons of water per day. ~Europeans use about half the water Americans use. ~Residents of sub-Saharan Africa use only 2 to 5 gallons of water per day. We are fortunate to live with a system that offers clean water at a reasonable cost. Water is the most precious commodity on Earth. Without it, our world and our food supply would wither. Without it, we might survive only five days. Of the 3 percent of the Earth’s water that is fresh — not salt — water, even a much smaller portion is accessible as drinking water, leaving us with only a fraction of a percent of the Earth’s abundant water available for drinking. So do you ever wonder about the exceptional setup we have for getting water to our homes? Sure, rain fills reservoirs such as Eagle Creek Reservoir that supplies drinking water for much of the Indy area. However, direct rain isn’t enough. See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.