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Drought Wildfires and Water Conservation Issues Finding a Solution

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Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink and as the world gets warmer, as climate changes as a consequence of human activities, be prepared for a dryer climate, water shortages and the challenges that emanate from them.

The key to solving the current global potable water shortages lies in learning and living to cope with two key factors: sustainability and renewal-ability.

For there is no sustainability without renewal-ability.

Looking at the big picture, the total amount of water in the Earth ecosystem has remained relatively unchanged since Jurassic period and there is no new water, only fresh and refreshed water.

Every single drop of water and liquid that we consume each day is recycled water.

Recycled by the "Hydrological Cycle", one of the any other great Cycles how the Earth provides us continuously despite the finiteness of matter: the Nitrogen Cycle, the Carbon Cycle etc.

The Hydrological Cycle is powered by free Solar Energy where the the Sun caused water vapor from the Earth, land, sea and air to rise up and form clouds that return as precipitation: snow, hail, rain etc that fills our rivers, reservoirs, aquifers, etc where we in turn harvest the refreshed water for drinking, cooking, cleaning, washing, agriculture etc.

If like energy, water is not created nor destroyed, why are we now faced with a water crisis just as we are now facing an impending energy crisis?

The key is in understanding the availability of the appropriate quality and quantity of water at the time of need and when we need it.

With pollution rendering the quality of our traditional sources of water unsuitable for human consumption, we have to expend resources to treat water and make it suitable for human consumption or look for other dwindling non traditional sources of potable water.

Also, the way we wastefully uses water in accordance with the inherently flawed structurally designed water driven sewage disposal system, the demand for water will not decrease but increases with time.

The time has now come for all of us to review the way we use resources before we run out of resources to sustain even the most rudiment standard of living.

As almost 90% of all our water consumption goes to non drinking water related activities: agriculture, sanitation etc, if solely on a personal level, we change the way we dispose our personal excreted waste, there is at least a good 50% conservation gain to the total amount of water we use on a daily basis.

The so called "modern" water closet system is the main culprit to the high wastage of potable water and if any effective conservation of water resources were to be meaningfully and substantially effected, drastic changes to the way we dispose our human waste has to be actioned, today.

The ultimate is to revert to a dry human waste composting toilet system where, instead of flushing our waste into the sewage system, human waste are stored and composted without water and the matured composted recycled as plant manure and return as food on our tables.

It makes no sense for us to waste good water flushing our human waste into the sewage system, confine excellent plant manure away for posterity and waste energy and other resources to mine minerals and convert them into fertilizers for crops.

If this is too drastic, investments now have to be made to separate the potable drinking water piping system from the non potable toilet flushing system that uses "brown recycled water".

There is no easy way to solve the impending water shortages crisis, and it all boils down to the return to sustainability and renewal-ability.

The Earth eco-system is always able to provide for our needs up to a certain finite equilibrium point, but never beyond it.

We have to live within our means and by that, the ultimate limit is the Earth's limit in self renewing through the ecological cycles, of which the Hydrological Cycle is one.

Digging into our reserve of water from the aquifers that had taken thousands of years to accumulate is not a sustainable solution as we have learned from the Australian experience where artesian wells are now all but dry due to over exploitation. What took thousand of years to accumulate where squandered in a matter of decades.

If there is any comfort, while there is no such self renewable cycles for crude oil, there is for water and we ought not to fall short of fresh water because Nature provides us naturally with a bountiful amount of water through the "Hydrological Cycle" and for free too.

If we live sustainably, in harmony with Nature, we conserve water and thereby ought not to run short of water.

Where an area is chronically short of water because we have abuse the supply of water to its shortages, changing the way we use water will solve the problem. If on the other hand, the land is intrinsically untenable, then it ought not to be lived in, in the first place.

Knowing the limitations helps conservation.

Sometimes, as humans we think we can solve every one of life's problem with technology. The said fact is, sometimes, as we build, we destroy.

Learning to learn in harmony with Nature is to flow with the equilibrium of Nature.

It is futile to fight against Nature, we will never win in the long term. But if we learn to flow with Nature, we surf the tides and enjoy the rides!

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