April 6, 2010
“Water, water, everywhere nor any drop to drink!”
Samuel Taylor Coleridge said it well over two hundred years ago in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
In the April 2010 issue, National Geographic focuses on the topic of water. “As a chemical compound, nothing could be simpler than water: two atoms of hydrogen joined to one of oxygen. From a human point of view, simplicity fades. Though water covers our world, more than 97 percent is salty. Two percent is fresh water locked in snow and ice, leaving less than one percent for us.”
Depending upon where you live, water may be a problem. And, in the U.S., it seems that daily we hear of another aging pipe bursting in many 100 year old systems. To add insult to injury, it is estimated that 10% of water is lost to leaks – but that is not publicized.
For our friends in California, we recognize the challenge of a three-year drought putting major stress on already fractured resources and a growing population. It’s hard for residents in the Northeast of the U.S. to even comprehend these issues as the El Nino winter of rain and snow and floods ends.
Click on the link below. It’s a great edition with spectacular photos.