Thursday, April 26, 2012

A-Z Challenge: W is for...

This is probably the most obvious letter for me as I am am currently a WATER Quality Specialist.  WATER is life.  Without it we are truly nothing and would not exist, as our bodies are made up of about 70-75% water. 

I think it's really easy in this country to take water for granted as we get clean and safe potable water easily and cheaply with the turn of a faucet thanks to the Safe Drinking Water Act.  We take for granted that we on average use 150 gallons a day, much of it wasted down a drain or flushed away with our waste. 

I went to a tribal leader round table about water in Phoenix once and there was an Apache elder there who was a high school science teacher before retirement.  He spoke and was very fascinating as he had great insight about native belief and water science.  The one thing he said that really stuck with me is he said when you think of a molecule of water there are three components, one hydrogen and two oxygen. For those of you who follow the Christian path think of that as the Holy Trinity is represented by a molecule of water. 

I used this quote that I found on the internet in a presentation I gave recently that sums it up nicely:
Water has no taste, no color, no odor; it cannot be defined, art relished while ever mysterious.
Not necessary to life, but rather life itself. It fills us with a gratification that exceeds the delight of the senses.

Wind, Sand, and Stars, 1939


  1. We adopted many water conservation habits during a drought which we continue to this day. Thanks for a timely reminder to not waste this precious resource!

  2. Great post! Many people forget it's importance...

  3. We never take water for granted we live in a rural area, we live on well water. When ever we have company we're always reminding people to close the tap, not run the water unnecessarily, to take shorter showers, wash full loads of clothes in the washer. We are very respectful of our water.


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