Water, Water Everywhere, and Not A Drop To Drink

I took these photos during the Oklahoma drought of 2010.

It’s happening again.

With temperatures climbing to near 100° F, I’ve watched the lake get lower (and lower) by the day.  It’s scary.

(I’m not an activist, nor a fanatic, but it concerns me.)

Last year, one of my friends published a post that I can’t get out of my mind.  (http://www.wasslaweekly.com/2011/10/one-drop-of-water/#respond)

I hope you’ll read Nasrine’s excellent suggestions.  (And watch the video… a mere 15 minutes of your future.)

Causes come and causes go, but this one’s personal.

Each one of us is responsible for the water we consume — or waste.

I’m especially conscious of it as a food blogger… water to wash, boil, simmer, do dishes.  Drink.

All it takes is one person — ONE drop — to make a difference.

What will you do to make an impact on the world’s water supply?

Your water supply?

Please choose to make a difference.

Enjoying a glass of water,

~ Kim

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13 thoughts on “Water, Water Everywhere, and Not A Drop To Drink

  1. Stark photos. They tell your story well. After 5 years in CA and a several year draught in GA, I try to be respectful and just use what I need. Thanks for the reminder. I’ll try to cut back more.

  2. Kimby…we are so clueless about where our precious water comes from and what our resources are…I, too, am guilty of letting that faucet run as I brush my teeth or dart to the refrig to get something…living in CO, I am much more keenly aware, and for the first time I must admit, of the value of water…my Croatian mom, wise indeed, always said she wouldn’t live to see it but that water at some point would be more precious than gold…oh, yes, and that China would rule the world (which is eerily coming to slow fruition!)…thanks for the great post, my friend! xo Ally

  3. True. I can not tell you how much it bothers me that peoplewaitfor days for clean water. Or just waste it with no thought to the act that it can all go away….

  4. The lake near my parent’s town in Texas looks like yours. So sad. Where I live, almost all of our water comes from somewhere else, so we’re very aware of the limited supply. When our city called on residents to conserve and provided helpful information on how to do it, residential water use was cut by 10% and irrigation use was cut by 20%. It can be done.

  5. What I find so very sad is the fact that it takes a crisis to make us open our eyes to the ways in which we take our resources for granted. I always loved teaching my little students about ecology because they became the teachers of their parents. Sometimes we need “old souls” to nudge us in the right direction. Thank you for posting these photos as a reminder. I’ll be looking for additional ways to conserve AND communicate.

  6. There is something about the way you present your point that makes it sink in. For real. The pictures and the few well chosen words. I feel inspired to take a careful look at my habits.

  7. Wow, very powerful post/images. I love how you say you’re not an activist but that you’re concerned. There’s real power in that. It’s people like you who can enlighten others.

  8. We’ve been observing the same thing with our Arkansas river, which we have been walking along with our dog since we got her in 2004. Every year the water is lower, and it’s so bad now that there are plants growing in the middle of it with just a trickle running through!! When we first started walking it was often overflowing the path beside it so that we’d have to take a different route. It’s really scary. Thanks for bringing awareness to the issue, we can all make a difference.

  9. Well done on creating awareness! I pay special attention to conserving both water & energy, everyone should be concern & play a part in our daily life. Kudos to u on that!

    That aside, I’ve been having problems visitng your blog lately. Tried to visit this post for the last 3 days but failed to load. Patience running out, but I got lucky this time. Hahaha! I’ve no problem visiting others. Also, I can’t seem to log into FB a/c here sometimes too. Today is a lucky day!

  10. Thanks to all of you for your meaningful comments! It’s apparent that conservation is on everyone’s minds. Also, any technical difficulty accessing my blog has been directly related to intermittent power outages. We’re in the middle of a 100 degree heat wave and everybody’s running their air conditioners. (Another reason to wait until less “peak” hours to use your major appliances.) Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for trying ’til you got through!

  11. Dear Kimby,

    I share your sentiments. We in Australia went from severe drought a few years ago to horrifying floods. Our climate has really seen some extremes and it is certainly a concern and I get annoyed when I see people leaving the tap running or use like 3 litres of water to rinse a glass in the sink.

  12. I’m so sorry to see those pictures of the lake. The bird prints are a stark reminder that while we’re able to pull water from other sources, the animals are stuck with what’s in their immediate surroundings. Praying for rain for you guys.

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