Word gets around (apparently) because someone asked me recently if I thought water down the drain was gone for good and not reusable.
Of course not, I replied.
Then why did I care how much water I used?
Here’s the best argument I have for why we (generally) ought to learn to use less water.
Even during this time of economic downturn, the world is developing at a pretty good clip. Though more than a billion people still live on less than $2 a day, and a huge number do not have easy access to safe water, these numbers are decreasing.
I believe these numbers can, and should, continue to decrease, and that this doesn’t mean (necessarily) that the wealthy have to get less wealthy.
It does mean, however, that more of us will have to share a finite amount of fresh water.
If all 6 billion people on the planet had access to fresh water, would there be enough for all of them to use the same amount per day as you and I do? I don’t think so.
If those of us who have plenty, and access to more wter than we could possibly need, would take the time to intentionally cut back on our waste, the finite amout of water we have would go farther as more and more people continue to gain reasonable access to it.