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Access to Drinkable Water Shouldn’t Be an American “Pipe Dream”

Access to Drinkable Water Shouldn’t Be an American “Pipe Dream”

By Salvatore Cardoni

There is no more fundamental natural resource to life, liberty and good health than water.

A lack of water to sustain daily needs is a reality today for one in three people around the world.

That’s right, 1.1 billion people across the globe lack access to safe drinking water, a scarcity that leads to the deaths of 3.75 million people each year, including one child every 20 seconds.

While the global problem is worsening as cities and populations expand and the demands for water grow in agriculture and industry, the United States isn’t exactly “hydrologically blessed” either.

Contrary to what the average American on Main Street might assume—that potable freshwater will always be a tap, faucet, spigot, or shower head away—the United States is in the throes of a very real water crisis.

As depicted in Participant Media’s upcoming documentary, Last Call at the Oasis, America faces a significant water emergency in four areas: consumption, conservation, quality, and infrastructure.

The sobering statistics don’t lie.

Consumption: The average American consumes 99 gallons of water each and every day—this figures includes so-called “hidden water”—whereas the world’s poorest live on less than two and a half gallons per day.

Conservation: Replacing grass laws with native plans (especially in arid communities) can save over 15,000 gallons per year.

Quality: Sixty-seven percent of groundwater near major American poultry farms contains antibiotics.

Infrastructure: Thirty percent of pipes in systems that deliver water to more than 100,000 people are between 40 and 80 years old, according to the EPA. It is estimated to cost $1 trillion to upgrade America’s water infrastructure over the next 25 years.

Introduced this week as part of the social action campaign for Last Call at the Oasis, the Community Water Bill of Rights aims to inform each and every American precisely what their H20 civil liberties are.

In the coming months, the declaration will be delivered to members of Congress and state governors and asking them to make water issues an ongoing priority.

It has to be part of the American  agenda or we will all regret our neglect .

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7:58AM PST on Jan 13, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

1:25PM PDT on Apr 6, 2012

thank you

7:50AM PDT on Apr 2, 2012


1:44PM PDT on Mar 28, 2012


4:07AM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

Why is there a water crisis? Because as the human population rises, there are fewer resources left. The quality of life that we are used to is going to change because we refuse to acknowledge that we cannot keep reproducing at current rates. That includes Americans.

There needs to be public acknowledgement and dialogue on the problems caused by overpopulation and policies to address it.

10:53AM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

Why do you say clean water is an American privilege when the whole world has that right but, as usual it's America that has to give it to them. That's because they can't drill for water themselves! Also, we don't have free drinking water here either; ever hear of a water bill. Don't pay it and see how free our water is!
Did you know that the Great Lakes are being drained by Nestle and other multinational companies for free and then they are selling that FREE water back to us! Also, huge tankers are taking that free water and delivering it to China so they can have FREE American water that will soon be gone because our government allows it to happen!

4:41AM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion with open loop is more valuable for extracting fresh water from sea water than for the little bit of electricity it can produce beyond what is needed for its pumps.It probably varies from site to site which is more cost effective, open-loop OTEC or reverse osmosis. Some body needs to do the cost/benefit analysis and start on this. It is not fair to Mexico that they get absolutely none of the Colorado River water they were promised by treaty.

7:54AM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

not just in the US, should be everyone's right

10:05AM PDT on Mar 25, 2012


2:34AM PDT on Mar 25, 2012

Every living thing has the right to clean water,food for the day,a place to shelter and for humans additionally the right to Education

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