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World Water Day: The Perfect Time to Wade into Water Issues

Posted By Cheryl Terrace On March 21, 2011 @ 5:29 pm In Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Home | No Comments

Woman splashing water in a stream [1]Our bodies are made of it (up to 70 percent) and we can’t survive without it for more than a few days. However, water, one of our most precious resources, is something most of us take for granted.

I count myself lucky on the “water front.” As a New Yorker, I was thrilled to learn that my city’s water supply is considered one of the best and that NYC is one of the five large cities not required to filter its drinking water [2]. That’s pretty radical considering most of the world’s pure water supply [3] is scarce.

Today, March 22nd, is World Water Day [4] — a great day to dive into the issues surrounding Earth’s most precious element! Water sustains all living things — humans, plants and animals — and our quality of life is directly linked to the quality of the water we drink. 

Our attitudes about the quality of our water continue to evolve as more and more people become educated about specific contaminants, which now include rocket fuel [5] and the numerous chemicals from hydraulic fracking [6] fluid (an issue that should be of great concern for everyone, not just those who live near drilling sites).

What you can do

These issues and many others are why I recommend that everyone — even us New Yorkers — use a water filter [7] to remediate chlorine and fluoride, which is added to meet state and federal drinking water requirements. It is also important to know that bottled water is not necessarily a better alternative to tap water [8]. In fact, many studies show that bottled water can be just as polluted as a tap water [9]. And that’s not even considering all the plastic involved in bottling water.

Want to help protect the quality of the water flowing through our watersheds and learn to conserve water in your home or workplace? Here’s a fun app that calculates your water usage [10] and some ideas for how you can recycle the water you use everyday [11].

For extra credit, learn why water is not only essential, but fascinating [12], from best-selling author and water researcher Dr. Masaru Emoto [13], the scientist behind The True Power of Water [14] and The Healing Power of Water [15].

And finally, just for fun (and because eco interior design [16] is never far from my mind), check out this very cool water-themed light sculpture. [17]

Warm (and Pure) Watery Blessings,

~ Cheryl


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[1] Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/WorldWaterDayblog.jpg

[2] one of the five large cities not required to filter its drinking water: http://nyc.gov/html/dep/html/drinking_water/index.shtml

[3] world’s pure water supply: http://water.org/learn-about-the-water-crisis/facts/

[4] World Water Day: http://www.worldwaterday.org/page/3206

[5] rocket fuel: http://life.gaiam.com/article/rocket-fuel-your-water

[6] hydraulic fracking: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/us/series/drilling_down/index.html

[7] water filter: http://www.gaiam.com/category/eco-home-outdoor/water-quality.do?SID=WG117SPRTAPEMACS&extcmp=life_prod

[8] not necessarily a better alternative to tap water: http://life.gaiam.com/article/are-plastic-water-bottles-health-hazard

[9] bottled water can be just as polluted as a tap water: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/28/bottled-water-vs-tap-wate_n_192130.html

[10] fun app that calculates your water usage: http://www.facebook.com/waterfootprintcalculator

[11] ideas for how you can recycle the water you use everyday: http://life.gaiam.com/article/3-ways-reuse-and-recycle-water

[12] water is not only essential, but fascinating: http://life.gaiam.com/article/secret-water

[13] Dr. Masaru Emoto: http://www.hado.net/

[14] The True Power of Water: http://www.gaiam.com/product/true+power+of+water+dvd.do?SID=WG117SPRTAPEMACS&extcmp=life_prod

[15] The Healing Power of Water: http://www.gaiam.com/product/hidden+messages+in+water+dvd.do?SID=WG117SPRTAPEMACS&extcmp=life_prod

[16] eco interior design: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/category/green-living/eco-decorating/

[17] water-themed light sculpture.: http://www.dezeen.com/2007/12/12/drop-chandelier-by-stuart-haygarth/

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