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I wanted to ask why we have to conserve water if there is an endless supply of it?



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First, the idea that there is an endless supply of water needs to be thought about. Is this really the case? While the oceans may seem to be vast, the water in them is not readily used for drinking. There are methods to make ocean water suitable for drinking, but this requires relatively expensive reverse osmosis and filtration systems and these methods are not yet feasible on a large scale. The other problem is that there is not an abundant pure water supply in all the cities and towns and large metropolitan areas and farms which require them.

At present we still rely heavily on regular rain patterns to refill our watersheds and I am sure you have read in your local paper about conserving water when a dry period occurs over an extended time. In short, water conservation's goal is trying to insure that each person will have an adequate supply of pure water to suit their necessities at a reasonable cost. Naturally if water shortages occur, purchasing bottled water to drink and cook could be an expensive proposition over a long period. If farmers rely on a watershed to supply irrigation water to their fields, we cannot waste water in our cities which draw water from those same watersheds. Finally pollutants which make available water unusable in our creeks and rivers and lakes can make demand increase for those remaining pure water supplies. I hope this gives you some things which are considered in deciding on water conservation.

Rickru



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