Earth Day: There is a Limited Amount of Freshwater Left on Our Planet

     It’s that time of year again, Earth Day has just come and gone. For many, Earth Day serves as an annual reminder, a gentle nudge if you will, to remember to respect the environment. While most would quickly think of pollution or climate change, a more prevalent issue concerning drinking water quality should be brought to light this year.

     Each day, the majority of the population goes about their day believing there’s an infinite supply of water. After all, 70% of the world is covered in it. According to a recent article published by the EPA, “the average American Family uses more than 300 gallons of water per day”, and these are only the numbers from coming from inside the home. What most of them do not know though, is that only 2.5% of the water is fresh. However, recent studies on the supply of freshwater maintain that the believed “infinite supply” is quickly running out.

     A variety of factors have contributed to this exponentially-increasing issue. Climate Change, increase in population, and inefficient water regulation methods in several nations, to name a few. Climate Change being the leader in these factors has most notably been the leader of the water replenishment crisis, with aquifers receding and glaciers melting. As populations in developing countries continue to increase, the demand for clean drinking water increases as well, also contributing to the draining of freshwater.

     National Geographic states that the United Nations estimates 1.8 billion people will not have easily accessible and clean drinking water by 2025. So, what can we do to stretch out our time? Practicing the little things, such as quicker showers and turning off the faucet when not in use, makes more of a difference than you’d think.

     For a full list of ways to do your part and help conserve water, visit learn.eartheasy.com.


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