10 Reasons Why We Must Preserve Our Precious Water

Rockland County Executive Ed Day put into effect a Stage 2 Water Emergency  for Rockland that triggered water-use cutbacks for homes and businesses on July 21, 2016. Despite these restrictions, water usage in the county has not declined. 


Here are 10 Reasons why we must preserve our precious water: 

  1. Think globally:  Many of the world’s people do not have available water in the home and spend hours acquiring it.

  2.  Less than 2% of the Earth’s water supply is FRESH water.

  3. Only 1% of that water is available for DRINKING.

  4. Only 1% of our treated water produced by utilities is used for drinking; the rest goes to lawns, washing machines, toilets and drains.

  5. A person can survive a month without food, but only 5 to 7 days without water.

  6. Water regulates the Earth’s temperature, it also regulates the temperature of our body.

  7. There are 6 inches between drinking water from the faucet and waste water.

  8. The average total home water use per person in the US is about 50 gallons a day.

  9. Every glass of water brought to your table when you eat out requires another 2 glasses to wash and rinse.

  10. We drive safely on snow and ice because our roads are salted.  Continuing this practice is detrimental to our water supply for all living organisms.

Sister Dorothy Maxwell, OP

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