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World Water Day Is Coming
by Tom Linton
Monday, March 19, 2018

“Well actually” some may say,  “I didn’t even know there was one!”

World Water Day is held on 22 March every year.

It was established in 1993 by the United Nations.

Each year there is a theme.

The theme for 2018 is how nature can be used to overcome the water challenges of the 21st century.

“--- exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century,”

One approach for this is nature-based solutions in management strategies in natural and constructed wetlandsfeatures for which our area is known.

Given that our area is still not fully recovered from the “overabundance” of water deposited by Hurricane Harvey – water availability might not seem a real pressing issue.

Remember our Drought of Record – “2011 was the driest year ever for Texas, with an average of only 14.8 inches of rain”,

Hopefully a lesson was learned from that and corrective measures have been and are being taken to prepare for the “next one.”

Our personal use of water is seldom thought about – until the water stops coming out of the faucets over the kitchen sink or cease to fill the commode’s reservoir!   

“The largest use of household water is to flush the toilet, and after that, to take showers and baths - The amount of water used to take a shower for half an hour is about 300 gallons. On average most people take a 15-minute shower using 150 gallons of water,”

So in addition to that water we send down the sewer in our homes each day, what are other uses are made of the water on planet earth?

The two major ones are for agriculture and power generation.

“Agriculture is a major user of ground and surface water in the United States, accounting for approximately 80 percent of the Nation's consumptive water use and over 90 percent in many Western States.”

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) the use of water in Texas for thermoelectric power generation in 2010 was 9,001 to 11,200 million gallons per day (MGD) and for other industrial uses, 1,501 to 2,210 mgd.

Total industrial withdrawals decreased 12 percent between 2005 and 2010, continuing the decline shown each period since 1985. Declines in industrial withdrawals reflects greater efficiencies in industrial processes and an emphasis on water reuse and recycling within industrial facilities, both driven by environmental regulations and limited availability of freshwater resources in some areas,“ 

Bar chart showing trends in water withdrawals, by category, for the Nation, 1950 - 2010.Courtesy USGS


And this chart shows how these two water uses so dwarf all other uses.

So given there is a finite amount of water on planet earth – how do we keep the house air conditioned and food on the table if we don’t develop my efficient uses of water in generating power and growing crops?

Remembering Jim Guidry

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